Date Published: March 4, 2014
Games are increasingly being taken up in the classroom, but can they really be useful for teaching children ethics?
A Norwegian teacher has been using Telltale’s video game The Walking Deadto teach his students about ethical dilemmas. Teacher Tobias Staaby and his students played through scenarios in The Walking Dead, took anonymous surveys about which action was the most popular and then discussed the results.
This begs the question of how useful video games really can be in education. The answer is this: the video game can theoretically be the most powerful tool used to teach, but only when used with delicacy.
Having games as part of education, however, is the wrong way to look at the situation. What is required is that education is a part of the game.