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”The children looked at us in open-mouthed surprise when we asked them whether the games had improved their English language skills.
They said they didn’t get very good grades in their English courses because there they didn’t really make themselves noticed,” she says.
“It was the computer games that mattered to them because here English was a means of coping rather than an end in itself as it is at school.
In the classroom they never bothered to look up words, but when they came across new words in the games, they simply couldn’t progress if they didn’t understand what was being said.” The researcher believes there is a great educational potential in computer games, provided that schools get better at recognising the skills that the pupils have attained outside of the school environment, and get better at putting those skills into active use at school.But it turns out that the kids really like the competition and the challenge in the games.” The researcher believes that the greatest obstacle to introducing computer games into schools is that many teachers find it hard to relate to the games.”The use of computer games in teaching is still a novelty, and many teachers do not play computer games in their spare time.According to Sørensen, the serious computer games can act as a highly efficient engine in the teaching because the games add an element of competition and challenge.”In traditional Nordic pedagogy, teachers try to avoid this competitive element for fear of exposing some of the vulnerable kids.That’s why it takes them a while to figure out what the games can be used for, and how much the kids actually learn from playing them.” The teachers often believe that the children don’t need any supervision when they’re working with the computer games, but that’s a big misunderstanding, says Sørensen.The problems arise because the teachers don’t involve themselves enough in the games.COMMENT: Private companies and public sectors collect our data every day and minute.In a democratic society, we need to teach children to become critically aware and understand how data processing and digital technologies really work.”We can look into how the pupils can improve their ability to structure sentences and their ability to grasp the subtleties of the language they’re using in the games.We have found that if we base our language teaching on this interest, there may be a lot to gain academically.” Playing computer games in their spare time also increased the children’s awareness of the practical value of the formal teaching they received in the classroom.