We’ve been hearing a lot about gaming in education recently – and we often associate online gaming with boys. A few years ago research from ACMA was suggesting that girls preferred social media and boys preferred playing online games.
But recent research has shown its not just the boys who can benefit from the maths and science learning that can come from playing online.
Have you noticed how popular MineCraft has become in the past year? Something that I’ve been hearing and seeing more and more of is girls playing this construction/survival game too. Getting girls engaged early, this article suggests, is important for their science and maths skills. (and geology/geography with MineCraft!). What do you think? Should we be making more of girls and gaming and try to include ‘gender-neutral’ (if there is such a thing!) games in our classrooms?
Have a read of this article and let us know what you think!