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Amen to that, Matt. My kids are voracious readers too and guess what? They love "my DS." hahhahaha Part of it could be the likeable Nintendo characters and part of it could be the sense of instant gratification after winning/solving a race or level.

Michael McVey

Ours is a house that never had a game system like Nintendo. My daughter, now 12, played a few computer games growing up but she never expressed an interest in Mario or the others.

It makes me think about her teacher in Kindergarten suggesting she play number games with cards. I suddenly realized then that we didn't even have playing cards in the house.

I wonder what makes some of us more keen to intereact games than others. We play Scrabble as a family and a few other standards . . . but not these other games that absorb so much of her (and my) colleague's time.

When I was a teacher of kids with Behavioural difficulties we played a heck of a lot of Monopoly. The object was not to amass money, but to get to the end of the game without fisticuffs, swearing, or ripped up money. It worked. Number of incidents per game decreased over time when we focused on social skills while playing.


Great point. I really love iQuiz for the iPod. I even posted a test of mine online so kids could practice. (link: http://jethrojones.com/fhms/swat/assessment.html) The posted test is much longer than the one the kids will actually take, but it is still the same basic stuff.

I love games. They can teach you a lot and it is important that you use them in moderation.

I thought it was funny that you mentioned Shakespeare and Rowling in the same sentence as equals. I know many of my fellow English teachers would certainly not agree with that, but I do. ;)


Have you looked at Dimenxian by Tabula Digita? We're using it in our middle schools. http://www.dimenxian.com

Doug Johnson

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the kind words. The blog post you referenced, however, was written by guest blogger to the Blue Skunk, Adam Janowski (and yes it is a good read).

My take on the subject is summarized here:

All the best,


Matt Hillmann


Thanks for clarifying that. You, of course, were wise enough to let him blog in your place (big shoes to fill...)

My apologies, Adam.

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