Lewis Tachau speaks in front of a huge audience to tell parents that “Yes, online games can be educational.” Watch the video and find out how a 13-year-old kid states his point that online games can indeed be educational. The video was captured in May of 2012. At that time Lewis Tachau is just 13 years old, a middle school student, and a passionate online gamer. TEDx featured the video on YouTube.
After watching this video, many parents may (or may not) allow their games to play more. But if you want your child to learn more about various tactics of survival, you can let them play RuneScape. This game can teach your child a lot of lessons in life. But still, we encourage parents to guide children as they start to play the game.
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Can Online Gaming be Educational? Lewis Tachau at TEDxStudioCityED
Here is an excerpt from the transcript of the video
Can online gaming be educational? Yes, and I am going to tell you why. Today, I am going to teach you what I’ve learned about the Second World War through an online game, World of Tanks, while also developing the following skills – communication, cooperation, and socialization. You will also learn how I balance this with the rest of my responsibilities and obligations. How I learned to start and stop on demand.
I first got interested in World of Tanks after seeing an ad on every page of Facebook. They showed pictures of tanks with different paint jobs and the stats of various tank cases. And being interested in car design, I decided to give it a try. I started voluntarily learning how it went down. Even before World of Tanks, I’ve been interested in World War II but this really pushed the snowball down the hill for me. Now, I am learning about the exact placements of advances with tanks, the advantages and disadvantages each country had in their defense against HItler’s army.
Contrary to what many parents have in mind, online games have indeed some educational benefits to our children. While we think that they can be overly addicted to these games, our role as parents is important in balancing the skills that they learn from this games and from keeping them from sulking into these games. As Lewis has pointed out, World of Tank taught him to strategize by learning the placement of tanks in a world of chaos, and he learned how to observe well and use it to his advantage.
Education is important, all parents know that. We also know that our children don’t learn from school alone, not only from the 4-corners of a classroom but also from outside the classroom. They learn from inside the home, from the neighborhood they grow up, from the activities they do every day, and even from online gaming. Our role as parents is to guide them. To make sure that they are not going into the wrong path, to make sure that they become friends with the right people, and to make sure that balance is still there to make them a better person one day.