Teachers Using Video Games to Boost Learning

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- When it comes to video games, Cody Wallace is a bit of an expert. The Best Buy employee says they've always been a part of his life.

"Since the age of three or four," Wallace said, "I've been playing video games all my life."

But Wallace, like many gamers, was a bit surprised to find out a new study says video games can actually make you smarter.

"I could see that it could possibly be true," Wallace said.

But it's not a surprise for many of the teachers at Barboursville Elementary School. The teachers there use educational video games to help student learn like never before.

"It's totally changed my way of teaching," kindergarten teacher Whitney Stead said.

Stead is one of the kindergarten teachers at Barboursville Elementary. She says it only made sense to take the fun of video games and bring them into a classroom setting.

"The kids play video games at home nonstop," Stead said. "That's all they do. So, if were just doing paper and pencil work, they just get bored with it."

Stead says thanks to the new, interactive lessons, she's already seeing an improvement in students' grades.

"My test scores have improved," Stead said. "My children's reading levels have improved. I can tell a big difference."

Just down the hallway, kindergarten teacher Brenda Bunn is doing something many parents just would not believe. She's keeping the attention of more than 20 kids who are 5, and she says it's all thanks to video games.

"These are all fast-paced and colorful," Bunn said. "It keeps everyone's interest. Even though only one [child] is playing the game, I have 21 others watching."

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