Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Just asked another student about school, who by the way, is also pretty much against video gaming too. His response to my questions regarding school: "No fun, boring." His favourite teachers of various subjects, were classes where they 'do' things or make things. He likes classes with activities, and humour and teachers who like what they do and make it fun. There are many dynamic educators making these positive changes in classrooms, and I see this as working the best for students, especially those who are not inherently academic or self-directed. I have now been in about 4 schools with alternative programmes, and I see bright students, who inherently do want to learn but have just not conformed into the regular system. I have met homeschoolers who are passionate and talented and are making music, making films, creating art, making history....

Thursday, April 2, 2009

halo 3 obsessions

Saw this documentary about teens and gaming.  It was on the Fifth Estate a couple of weeks ago.  Its fitting as my son is quite obsessed with Halo 3 and has gone to tournaments. Most of his peers now are older than him...either grade 10, 11 or 12 and beyond.  Its an interesting social world: people he met online and now sees face to face.  I can not get my head around it as I am not at all interested in playing first person shooter games, or any games for that matter.  Although, I do go online to use Facebook.  And, I do play some games:  Lexulous, World traveller...both of which are on Facebook.  I try to relate to my son and other teens who play games online.  But I also feel helpless to make him stop playing.