Education and Video Games Are No Longer Enemies

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Monday, January 7, 2013

People who worried that the technology boom would lead to kids playing video games in class were right.

In North Carolina and around the country, students are playing such games as “Minecraft,” “World of Warcraft” and “Angry Birds” – and their teachers are encouraging it.

“Video games are not the great evil that people make them out to be,” says Trish Cloud, technology instructor at Huntersville’s Torrence Creek Elementary, where she created a popular “Minecraft” club.

Cloud is part of a community of educators who love gaming and want to share that passion to help students learn. Those educators say that good video games can help students develop an array of skills – from writing and physics to teamwork and problem-solving. 

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