Teachers finding games give a leg up on learning

Heidi McDonald saw her fourth-grade son, Ian, growing bored while memorizing his multiplication tables and figured he would make better progress if she could make the exercise fun, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. As an educational video and computer game designer for South Side-based Schell Games, Ms. McDonald is used to building educational concepts into games. For Ian, instead of creating a new game, she used his favorite computer game, Minecraft, as the learning vehicle. Together, through the game, they built structures with brick walls, with Ms. McDonald instructing Ian as to the number of bricks to use for the sides of the walls…

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