More schools using video games as teaching tools

January 7, 2009

By hammersmith

Lifelong gamer Russell Alford, 15, usually has to wait until his homework and chores are finished before he can play “Call of Duty 4,” but this semester, he got to play another video game at school.  His finance class at Marshall High School in Fairfax County, Va., designed avatars and saved a virtual city from an oil spill — earning points for teamwork, research on the world’s water supply, business ethics and negotiating skills.

As Net-generation teachers reach out to gamers, classrooms across the country are becoming portals to elaborate virtual worlds. Business and science classes are sampling sophisticated software that allows students to try out potential careers, practice skills or explore history through simulated missions in national parks, ancient cities or outer space.

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Source: Michael Alison Chandler, The Washington Post