Videos on Video Games and Learning

By Dr. Randy Kulman on Saturday, June 4, 2016

img008Often, it is most helpful to learn about something not by reading about it, but by watching a video about it. Both for parents and kids, videos can be a great way to learn more about how video games can improve learning. While there are definitely videos that are not worth watching, we have collected some of the best videos available on the Internet. Check out the excellent videos below, updated regularly by our team at South County Child and Family Consultants. Pay careful attention to which videos are designed for kids and which are designed for adults.

For Parents

Why Parents Should Play Games with their Kids: A video on how parents should go on and play games with their children to provide helpful guidance for learning and promote positive experiences.

Tangential Learning: A video that describes how video games could result in non-direct learning and education for certain subjects.

Game Addiction (part 1): A video on game addiction, game compulsion and how to promote moderation. Useful for parents with kids who play video games heavily.

Game Addiction (part 2): A video on the second part of game addiction and game compulsion. A more emotional and close to home story of game addiction, mature narrative.

Therapeutic Games for Teens: A video on how games could be therapeutic for teens narrated by a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Video Games and Learning with Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire: A video on an overall outlook on technology, video games and how it could be effectively used to promote learning.

Daphne Bavelier: Your Brain on Video Games: A video of a neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier on how video games are good for the brain.


On Learning Disabilities

What We Do – Video Game Neurofeedback ADD ADHD: A video on how video games can improve various skills in children with ADD or ADHD.

The iPad is a Game Changer for Children with Autism: A video that explains how the IPad can be beneficial for children diagnosed with autism.


On The Classroom

Gamifying Education: A video that explains the idea of using games for educational purposes in school.

Want Kids to Learn? Make Video Games: A video on how to make learning fun for kids with the use of video games.

Video Games for Learning: An informative and in-depth video for parents to understand how video games could assist in conceptual learning. Use of psychology terminology is sprinkled in as well.

Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool?: This video describes how Minecraft can be used as an effective learning tool.


For Kids

Can Video Games Make You Smarter?: A short video on how video games can help with overall learning. Something to show your parents too!

Why Students Hate Homework: This video explains how more traditional methods of learning are not effective and how videogames can prove to help with learning. Share it with you parents to help them understand.

Responsive Learning – How Games Help Teachers: This video explains how games in education could be beneficial for teachers to effectively teach students.

When Difficult Is Fun: A video that shows the difference between challenging games and punishing games, and how these more difficult games are more entertaining.

Teaching with Games: A channel of videos that talks about and shows how to use video games as an effective learning tool.


Minecraft Videos

How Minecraft Changes the Future of Games – Minecraft Generation: A video that talks about how Minecraft can affect the gaming the world and help children with learning.

101 Ideas for Minecraft Learners – Four – Let’s Make a Maze: This video provides instructions on how to make a maze on Minecraft for learners and can help with planning skills!

101 Ideas for Minecraft Learners – Seven – Design & Build a Farm Game: This video provides instructions on how to design a farm game. This can help with developing planning and organizational skills.

101 Ideas for Minecraft Learners – Eight – Route Planning in Minecraft GB: A video that provides how to plan routes in Minecraft for learners!

101 Ideas for Minecraft Learners [33] Addition & Subtraction Machine : A video that provides a visual on how to incorporate addition and subtraction into minecraft!

101 Ideas for Minecraft Learners [38] Item Sorting Machine: A video on how to create a sorting machine on minecraft. This can help with developing organizational skills.