Sep 28/11

The not-so-idiot box

Posted by Chris

The idiot box, the goggle box, call it what you will, there was been a long-standing clash between the TV screen and my mother. Whether watching TV or playing computer games, the feeling held by many, including my mother, is that such activity has little, if any, impact on learning. But this view has been challenged. Recent research shows that 2-D learning, the type that happens when you play computer games for example, does indeed have a long term learning effect.

“These results help to understand to what extent digital learning in the brain competes with learning in the physical environment”, says Prof. Manahan-Vaughan.

Ok, so the content of what your learning is also important, but it does have interesting implications for how can learn and teach in the future.