15 April, 2009

Games valuable learning tool

Queuing for the wii at Lalor library

Computer games can be a valuable learning tool according to education experts quoted in an article in The Age on Thursday 9 April. The article quotes Patricia and Don Edgar, authorities on children's media, education and social trends, who wrote a paper for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in which they argue that there is growing evidence that games are effective and valuable learning tools.

Lalor library was highlighted in the article and Felicity Macchion, the Branch Manager, has spoken at a symposium on computer games held at the State Library of Victoria recently. Lalor library is doing a great job encouraging young people into the library who may not otherwise come. The monthly games night featuring wii games and computer games is further enhanced by the provision of pizza and coke and is proving very popular. The library service is introducing wiis into more branches and the latest is Watsonia.

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