Why You Need to Understand the Online Habits of Preteens

What exactly do preteens do online? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem. It’s a problem not just because of our fears–stranger danger, porn, and phishing–but because of lost opportunities...Read More

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Infographic: Gaming Teens Have More Diverse Friendships

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Sex in Video Games: A Series

David Gaider, game designer and writer for Bioware, has a lot to say about sex. You may know Bioware as the Canadian game company that produced some of the most...Read More

Siblings Watch Each Other Play, Forge Closer Bonds

Regan McMahon’s kids love video games. McMahon was surprised when she realized that gaming was helping them get along with each other. They weren’t competing much. Instead, they were helping...Read More

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A Master Teacher Advocates Powerful Games for Powerful Learning

When I started my teaching career 15 years ago, a scenario in which teachers and their students were engaged together playing popular commercial video games sounded like a cool but...Read More

The Learning Game That Is Right for You

How do you define learning? That’s the question Sylvia Martinez asks when teachers want recommendations for “good learning games.” Martinez writes on the Generation YES blog. The problem with most...Read More

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Console vs. Computer Gaming: What’s the Big Deal?

We’re on the cusp of a new era, with the launches of both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One this month. Both consoles have been preordered into oblivion—people waited...Read More

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How Games Teach Scientific Thinking

What do games have in common with science? More than you might think. Expert James Paul Gee tackles the issue in his article, “Games, Learning, and 21st Century Survival Skills.”...Read More

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Selfies in Gaming, Too? Yup.

Apparently grownups have finally turned on to something kids have known about for years—the selfie phenomenon. The word “selfie” has even made it into the Oxford online dictionary.Read More

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Keep an Eye On Real Spending in Virtual Worlds

Microtransactions. That’s one of the latest buzzwords in the gaming community—and if you’ve ever played a casual game like Candy Crush, you know what it means. It’s the “only 99...Read More

Adult Gamers: Why You Shouldn't Grow Up

“Grow Up!” How many older gamers have been told to abandon their favorite activities because it’s all just kid stuff? It usually starts when geeks are in their teens, but...Read More

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Just Dance 2014, The Next Gen of Party Games

There are plenty of video games that work great in groups. Mario Party, Guitar Hero, and LittleBigPlanet all have multiplayer options and can be a great way for teens (or adults) to spend...Read More

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New Release: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was released today by Nintendo for the 3DS. It is the latest installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise, and it is...Read More