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3 Reasons Children Need A Video Game Vacation And 1 Reason They Don't

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Our fondness for digital connectivity exists in parallel to our skeptical apprehension. We’re tortured by our own anxiety. These days, most adults spend the majority of their time staring at …read more Source: Forbes 2

Your Five Year Old Can Learn To Code With An IPad App

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor The MIT Media Lab recently released ScratchJr, a free iPad app that helps children 5-8 learn how to code. The app is a collaboration between the MIT Media Lab, Tufts …read more Source: Forbes 2

Our Schools Are Un-American. Video Games Can Fix That

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor “Game based learning” is a misleading term. After all, gaming always involves learning. You learn who the bad guys are, how to shoot, how to jump, how to run, where …read more Source: Forbes 2

Nintendo's Wii Sports Club Is Family Fun For Lazy Summer Days

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor If feels strange to play virtual sports in the middle of the summer. But my kids and I have been playing Wii Sports Club since the five-sport physical retail version …read more Source: Forbes 2

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will …read more Source: Forbes 2

Generation Blockhead: How Minecraft Mods The Grown-Ups Of Tomorrow

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor At the time of this writing, Minecraft had sold over 16.2 Million copies of the desktop PC/Mac edition. The “Pocket Edition” (for tablets and smartphones): 21 Million copies. Add in …read more Source: Forbes 2

New Video Games Teach Caring And Compassion

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Shovel Knight is hard to stop playing. It is a super stylized tribute to the epic platformers of the video game industry’s early days. My kids and I have been …read more Source: Forbes 2

Too Many Games And Apps? Pediatricians Say Read Aloud To Your Children

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor You have probably heard the terms “summer slide” or “summer slump.” These terms refer to the learning loss that happens when kids are not in school. The National Summer Learning …read more Source: Forbes 2

What Disneyland Means To The Video Game Generation

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Disney characters are not as familiar to my kids as they were to me when I was their age. Perhaps it is because they have tablets, gaming consoles, and laptops. …read more Source: Forbes 2

The Hidden Moral Messages In Video Games

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Things get confusing when thinking about video games because the narrative content and the mechanics are rarely aligned. Still, both are transmitting lessons to players. Because they’re interactive, video games …read more Source: Forbes 2