Third grader Cordell Steiner makes a pretty convincing argument for using video games in the classroom in this TEDx talk. He describes feeling more motivated to learn and master new skills because of his eagerness to beat his own high score or finish before the clock runs out. He says he used to be bored in class when his teachers had to slow down to explain concepts, but now each student plays games intended to help him or her with specific skills they’re trying to master. He even gives examples!

Check out his call to teachers, administrators, parents and students to think differently about education.

  • Imaginemachine

    We have developed a unique math game that touches this exact points that Cordell talks about, and seeing from our beta the love and enthusiasm, that we kids get while playing with it – we couldn’t agree more .

    “Hi, we are Amani (8 years old) and Nadine (9 years old) and we love playing Land of Venn during Active Learning.
    This game is so cool because it shows you how to make different shapes and save the fruit/vegetables in the water. It also has funny voices and entertaining characters such as the Bookenriders.

    We want to play this game everyday!”

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/land-venn-geometric-defense/id878168094?ls=1&mt=8

    • marcel

      This boy is right, but… it is a shame that he is influenced by professionals and older people… this is not his (body) language. let him speak his own words, please.

  • Paul

    There is a shift in self-learning in the child towards his environment from the now world of grade 1 to 3 to the motional world of grade 4 to 6. His inquiries, global conversation, group projects and portfolio assessment include a study of the past in the development of his metacognition. Games though useful in reinforcing subject material, should not replace the actual interaction with life which these new methodology develop.

  • Marcel

    This boy is right, but… it is a shame that he is influenced by professionals and older people… this is not his (body) language. let him speak his own words, please…

  • akiss2115

    Is it possible to get a list of the games he mentions in his speech? I would love to explore these possibilities

  • matt

    good idea putting a different spin on things i like it 😉

  • Canadian Mom

    Nice try kid. There are many types of games, not just video games. Life isn’t always fun. In fact it’s usually pretty boring. Video games give kids unrealistic expectations of life. I would rather my kids look out the window and daydream in class than stare at a screen all day.

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