July 26, 2017

Spam Spam Spam Humbug 86 - Learning Through Games: The Pixel Generation

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It's really the perfect name for the generation between Generation X and the Millennials; we grew up playing video games.

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Podcast Topic(s)

This week, we again made use of Anchor.fm to record the episode. But happily, a few more people chimed in than was the case last week, resulting in an actual discussion playing out over the course of the week.

For a topic, we focused on this article in Forbes by Neil Herndon, in which he proposes that the micro-generation between Generation X and the Millennials be called The Pixel Generation. He makes the case for this name by noting that this was the first generation to grow up with widely available video games, and indeed was the first generation to learn significantly from and by playing video games.

What follows is a lengthy discussion about the different ways various members of the Spam Spam Spam Humbug crew experienced learning via gaming, and how we can pass that experience along to our own children (at least for those of us that have). At the same time, though, we note that screen time does carry some risks with it, where a child's development is concerned.

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