|iPad family game time, via Tim Wilson, Flickr|
“We have some worlds we build together, and some we each build on our own. When she’s in her world, she has the whole box of Minecraft toys to play with. When we’re in our world together, we collaborate and build the world we both want to explore.”Gabriella first heard about Minecraft from a friend and needed help from her dad to figure out how to play. When he realized the fun they could have together, Alex joined her in creating a world together: “It’s about imagination, creativity and design.”
At our school library, kids have a great time playing iPad math and physics games together. Interactive math games like Hungry Fish or Operation Math become a fun social learning experience for two or three children doing it together. Simple Physics is a great partner game, as kids work together to build tree forts, bridges and stairs.
When you’re looking for digital media, don’t just replicate offline activities. Try to use new tools to make learning fun. Arcademic Skill Builders is popular at our school because this helps children practice their math facts in a fun, game environment, instead of just using flashcards.
Above all, I've found that kids love playing with digital media together, making their learning and gaming social.
This week, I'm exploring different aspects of using eBooks and digital media. I'll share my thoughts in six parts:
- Part 1: Framework
- Part 2: Reading together
- Part 3: ebooks through public libraries
- Part 4: Playing together
- Part 5: Creating together
- Part 6: Resources to learn more
©2014 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books