[caption id="attachment_119130" align="alignleft" width="150"] Advocates say that good video games can be used as teaching tools to help students develop an array of skills—from writing and physics to teamwork and problem solving.[/caption]

People who worried that the technology boom would lead to kids playing video games in class were right: In schools around the country, students are playing such games as "Minecraft," "World of Warcraft," and "Angry Birds"—and their teachers are encouraging it.

"Video games are not the great evil that people make them out to be," says Trish Cloud, technology instructor...

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