When David Brantley’s first-grade students walked into their classroom this month, many felt right at home. Their teacher is a rare one who believes video games feed young minds, not rot them away. So these Indiana kids will throw virtual bowling balls down alleys on a projector screen and tally scores for math lessons.
“The tradition is to despise games as a brain-drain type of thing,” Brantley says. He believes otherwise and that’s why he brought a Wii game system into Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette to supplement his teaching. He and some other teachers are discovering that game devices with Internet connections are both an inexpensive route to the Web and a priceless approach to engaging their students. Read more.