Can video and online games be positive learning tools for kids? This episode of iQ: smartparent will explore different ways that children learn through gaming and how parents can enhance the educational impact of video and online games for their children. | Show Resources
Dr. Deborah Gilboa is a Board Certified Family Physician, mother of four sons, and a professional parenting speaker and writer. She follows three basic principles when guiding parents from toddlerhood to young adulthood: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Her website is www.AskDoctorG.com.
Jesse Schell was the Creative Director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio prior to starting Schell Games in 2004; in that role, he worked and played for seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest, as well as on Toontown Online, the first massively multiplayer game for kids. Jesse is also on the faculty of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches classes in Game Design and serves as advisor on several innovative projects. Formerly the Chairman of the International Game Developers Association, he is also the author of the award winning book The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses. In 2004, he was named one of the world’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation. His primary responsibility at Schell Games is to make sure everyone is having fun and creating beautiful things.
Nikki Navta is CEO of Zulama. Her interest in technology started in college, when she created her senior thesis project using what was then a state-of-the-art computer, the Commodore Amiga. She majored in computer science and fine arts at St. Lawrence University. During the past 20 years, she has been working behind-the-scenes to help textbook publishers such as National Geographic School Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Harcourt incorporate digital tools and technology into K-12 curriculum and higher education.
Dr. Brian Primack is Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He combines his expertise in education, technology, human development, and medicine by researching the effect of mass media messages on health. He focuses on the use of media literacy education in preventing adolescent smoking, underage drinking, and other harmful adolescent health behaviors.
Campbell, Drew, Justin, and Connor are students in the Seneca Valley School District. Their video game, Archers vs. Aliens, received the National STEM Video Game Challenge award in 2012.