Where Angry Birds and Education Intersect (Scientific American)

Angry birds256Why is it that, with shorter school hours and less homework than their U.S. counterparts, Finnish children score so highly on international tests? It turns out that games can be the best education. For instance, researchers believe Finnish boys develop better English speaking abilities than Finnish girls because the video games they play are in English. Angry Birds Space, a collaboration between Scientific American and NASA, can be used to teach young children the principles of microgravity. Similarly game-like programs will be used in the future to teach quantum physics at a very young age as well.

This Scientific American article suggests, however, that learning will not become entirely digitalized; instead, it is in the intersection of technology and the physical world where the true learning potential lies.

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