Digital Games And Kids – A Different Perspective

Games The “Wikipedia problem” which means children turning to internet for readymade answers is the new age phenomenon baffling teachers and mentors globally. There are almost equal numbers of teachers who consider technology to be a solution as much as a problem. While a common belief is that technology is hindering the students’ capacity to think and analyze, there is also a strong opinion in favor of video games and digital gadgets’ ability to engage students and enhance learning by using more than one sensory stimulators. In spite of the growing concern about the students’ deteriorating attention spans, institutions are incorporating them in the process of classroom learning.

Children are inherently inquisitive creatures. They have a curiosity to discover new things and learn by way of discovering and experimenting even before they are subjected to methods of formal education such as reading or writing. Science is a discipline of experiments and discoveries. The National Science Education Standards emphasize that “science education needs to give students three kinds of scientific skills and understandings. Students need to learn the principles and concepts of science, acquire the reasoning and procedural skills of scientists, and understand the nature of science as a particular form of human endeavor. Students therefore need to be able to devise and carry out investigations that test their ideas, and they need to understand why such investigations are uniquely powerful. Studies show that students are much more likely to understand and retain the concepts that they have learned this way “. Hence, it becomes imperative to engage children in science education at an early stage.

Digital games are more capable to gain students’ interests and attention than other conventional means of imparting education in a classroom. However, some educationists also regard them as culprits of exponential decline in the attention span in children. The next sections in this article discuss the involvement of children in games in the tech age, types of games available in the market and the impact of digital gaming as learning aids in classrooms.

Tangor: ‘Tuwaqachi’ (The World Complete, English and Spanish) Note: here is a new chapter/episode, number #8, and somewhat connecting to its previous one, episode seven, and again quite small, in the ongoing Voyage of Tangor, part of the Cadaverous Planets.


From episode seven [7]: “Thus, within a few hours, the ship was back on track as far a water supply was (it now had more than enough), and his next destination was an asteroid, as big as the state of Texas, a distance away. He wanted to measure its regions, its polar radius compared to earths.”

Episode eight [8]: The year was 1012 AD, and Tangor landed on his great asteroid, the size of Texas, he found a civilization there, it was a curious one indeed. As he was about to start work on his project (measurements), in the Polar Regions using his ship’s technology, he had learned something quite interesting, so interesting, it stopped his project completely.

Technology was almost obsolete in the city he had found after landing outside of it, a walled in kingdom of some sort. Here as he walked among its people, he had found there was no writing, the inhabitants of the city resorted to true memory, thus making writing a hideous obstacle more than anything. But the inhabitants didn’t look all that much different than he; other than they were slimmer, taller, and their heads a little more pointed, and all seemed to have reddish or auburn hair. They all spoke in one tongue, the same language, thus the Biblical Babel perhaps didn’t reach this race, so Tangor concluded. It was a busy city, one akin to the mountain city he remembered on earth, Huancayo, in the Andean mountains of Peru. He had asked for directions to the Governor of the city, or any official to get permission to do a solo expedition on the planetoid. Now surrounded, and encircled by the inhabitants, he found they were slow to answer, as if they were reading his mind. And within a few minutes, out of a palace door, came Aytas; king of the asteroid planet.

Good News for Owners – Sale of New Homes Down, but Existing Home Sales in Good Shape Over the past months, we have all been inundated with projections on the housing market bubble — Will it burst? It is going to burst soon, be prepared! Sell Now! Buy Now! And the forecast differs depending upon the television channel you are listening to or the media article you are reading.

According to James Cooper of BusinessWeek magazine, the numbers point to a gradual slowdown of the market — not a sudden crash, as many have predicted. In his July 10, 2006, article, Cooper cites how different indicators for the housing market are up one week and down the next. Some homes for sale indicators decline, while others rise. Though it is difficult to accurately project the future of the housing market for the remainder of 2006, he is optimistic — in spite of all the noise that changes the market outlook on a daily basis.

Compared to last year’s peak numbers, the housing market is in decline for both new and existing homes for sale and the growth rate of prices continue to slow. Yet, the expected drop in sales has not been as bad as predicted, and the market collapse forecast has not occurred. The progressive slowdown is expected, however, to continue through the remainder of 2006.

The area of the homes for sale market that has been hit the hardest is the new single-family homes and existing condominiums and co-ops. Existing single-family homes for sale have faired the best with only a gradual decline in prices.

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