Video games act as catalysts to boost kids’ learning abilities

College Station (Texas): In an effort to curtail how much time young people spend playing video games, China has banned students from playing them during the school week and limits them to just one hour per day on Fridays, weekends and holidays. The new rule took effect Sept 1, 2021. From my standpoint as a video game designer and scholar who specialises in game-based learning, I don’t see a need to limit video game play among students during the school week. Instead, I see a need to expand it — and to do so during the regular school day.

Video games are one of the most popular mediums of our times. One estimate shows that by 2025, the global gaming market will amount to USD 268.8 billion annually — significantly higher than the USD 178 billion it is in 2021. The money spent on gaming does not just facilitate a

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Fun Educational Games You Should Play with Your Kids!

Games can be a subtle way for parents or those who care for children to help build on and develop their skills for later life. It is encouraged to play educational fun games with children from early ages as it can give kids the foundations they will need throughout education.

Most importantly, educational games are fun! Most kids don’t even realize they are learning or developing these important skills as they are playing. A study found that educational games, especially those that stimulate the brain, can 23% gain over traditional learning.

An educational game does not have to be centered around learning subject matter, but rather allows children to use and build on memory, cooperation, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. The competitiveness aspect of education games allows for children to be much more enthusiastic compared to other methods of learning.

Educational games have many known benefits to your children’s learning

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Hispanic Heritage Month events feature art, education, activities for kids

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — National Hispanic Heritage Month will include a variety of celebrations and events in coordination with the City Of Las Vegas from Sept. 10 through Oct. 22:

The Fruits of Our Labor Exhibition by Justin Favela

  • Open 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, through Nov. 4, 2021.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Mayor’s Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.
  • Award-winning international artist Justin Favela brings his trademark piñata paper technique to the Mayor’s Gallery at the Historic Fifth Street School to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month and the Las Vegas Book Festival. Inspired by Mexican still-life fruit of the 19th century, and paying homage to “cartoon fruit” and to the Sandra Cisneros vignette “The Monkey Garden” from her award-winning book, “The House on Mango Street,” Justin Favela created piñata-style depictions of fruit objects in both two- and three-dimensional forms.

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Kids’ love for video games can improve classroom learning, study finds

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Kids’ love for video games should be harnessed by teachers to improve classroom learning, new Australian research has found.

The study looked at the ‘gaming’ habits of 318 girls and boys in Year 3 (seven and eight years old) from 14 Queensland schools across the Government, Anglican, and Catholic sectors.

The findings, “Boys’ gaming identities and opportunities for learning,” were published by the academic journal Learning, Media and Technology.

Lead researcher Australian Catholic University’s Associate Professor Laura Scholes, from the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, said there was a lack of understanding about the benefits of video games for children.

“Gaming has a controversial image, but the research shows it’s the type and quality of the games, and the amount of time spent playing the games, which matter most,” Scholes said.

“Teachers can use video games like Minecraft to build teamwork and

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