The Games Children Play: Online Educational Video Games Can Help Students Retain Information

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If you think that play time is waste time, think again. Studies show kids need to relax their brains to make the most of learning experiences. Interactive computer games give kids time to sort out and absorb what they've learned. Cybergames can also teach difficult concepts and present young learners with opportunities to apply their new skills.

Cyberchase Online Game: "Can You Fill It?" (http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/ games/liquidvolume/liquidvolume .html): "Do the math!" takes on new meaning at this game-oriented site. Players have to estimate the volume of different sized containers by trying to fill them with water using the fewest number of pots.

RuneScape (www.mnescape.com): The multiplayer role-playing phenomenon Runescape involves strategizing, critical thinking, planning, and character building. It may feature "monsters to kill, quests to complete, and treasure to win," but it's no mindless adventure.

Math Hunt (http://teacher.scholastic .com/mathhunt/index.asp): Elementary school children team up with Number Cruncher (an animated octopus) to search for science or social studies information, using the facts they've gathered re complete activities involving addition, subtraction, charts, graphs, decimals, ratios, proportions, and more. …