What a revelation! It has only taken me 50 years to figure out that girls are different to boys (slow learner). My students today had to inform me why some boys are color blind, but very few girls. “It’s because of the chromosones, Sir”. I won’t repeat the Biology lesson they gave me, but they had obviously been paying attention in their Biology class!
We did however, discuss how the type of computer games preferred by Girls was very different to Boys. The general consensus was that boys preferred competitive, multi-player games, usually with a sport or war theme. Jason was emphatic that Call of Duty, was an all time great game.
My Year 7 girls love playing Patchworkz from Well Games. Certainly no war, fighting or sport here. But certainly some beautiful patterns and some skill needed to complete them. Here’s what some of the latest research is saying.
My colleague and good friend Adrian Camm, has begun a new wiki, Games in Education. It aims to catalogue educational games, and provide a forum for teachers to discuss the use of computer games in education. We would love to have your contributions re: games in education!