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Video games increasing your sight.

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

You CAN teach an old neuron new tricks.  How do you manage this great feat?  How do you get your brain to function better than it currently does?  You can play video games! Daphne Bavelier and her lab at the University of Rochester have demonstrated that playing video games can improve your eyesight, in particular, […]

Gamestar Mechanic released!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Gamestar Mechanic is now available.  Gamestar Mechanic is a game that you play that teaches you how to design video games.   Designed for 4th – 9th grade students, and intended to teach systems thinking, iterative design and collaborative skills, Gamestar Mechanic is lots of fun.  You can check it out on their website, or […]

The benefits of playing videogames may surprise you.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Here is a current article that talks about the different benefits of playing video games. The Office of Naval Research posted an article about its program officer Dr. Ray Perez and his research discussing the benefits of playing video games. If you’re interested in the subject I found a great paper from 2005 about Learning […]

Exercise while gaming!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Paul Ballas, OD, of our own Science Advisory Group, wrote an excellent opinion piece for Wired. Paul thinks that video games that require us to be more active might help us actually become more active.  People exercise more when they can do something fun for exercise, he writes.  Paul suggests that if we rated video […]

Want to Design Science Video Games?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

We need you! FAS Educational Technology Program is collaborating with Muzzy Lane Software to create a series of video games that help middle school students and teachers prepare for middle school science proficiency exams.  The collaboration is intended to draw in teachers, students, game designers and anyone interested to contributing to the design of the […]

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