July 13, 2024

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Video games help St. Landry students hone math, science skills

Port Barre Middle School teacher Sandra Castille uses game-based content in her class through the Legends of Learning platform.

St. Landry Parish teachers are helping students develop missed skills by letting them enter a world they already know well — that of video games.

“Ninety percent of children 6-18 play video games regularly; 50{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} of parents play video games with kids regularly,” Port Barre Middle School teacher Sandra Castille said. “Game-based learning uses this medium to remediate and enrich our students.”

Castille was one of about six teachers across the district to pilot the Legends of Learning platform in her in an elective remediation class this year. So kids got to be ninjas or superheroes as they worked on math and science skills they might be struggling with to win the game.

Research has long supported learning through play, often referring to hands-on activities for younger students, but game-based content provides similar benefits.