This new collection of research presents a range of research on topics from the impact of ultra–violent video games on children and youth who participate in entertainment violence, to the benefits these technologies have to offer. Video games, computers, and the Internet can provide opportunities for problem solving, creativity, and autonomy, and in particular, carefully constructed software can offer an alternative to traditional classroom learning.
Children′s Learning in a Digital World is one of the first books to examine the impact of computers in both formal or school learning environments and informal learning contexts. It presents exciting and challenging new ideas from international scholars on the impact of computers, the Internet, and video games on children′s learning, as well as the social and cultural issues that affect technology use.
Part I: Informal Learning with Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges:.
Introduction to informal learning with technologies: Opportunities and challenges: Teena Willoughby (Brock University) and Eileen Wood (Wilfred Laurier University).
1. Media literacy: Who needs it?: Henry Jenkins (MIT).
2. Good video games, the human mind, and good learning: James Paul Gee (University of Wisconsin–Madison).
3. How and what do video games teach?: Edward L. Swing (Iowa State University) and Craig A. Anderson (Iowa State University).
4. Videogame addiction: Fact or fiction: Mark Griffiths (Nottingham Trent University).
5. Meeting the needs of the vulnerable learner: The role of the teacher in bridging the gap between informal and formal learning using digital technologies: Laurence Peters (Temple University).
Part II: Formal Learning with Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges:.
Introduction to formal learning with technologies: Exploring the role of digital technologies: Teena Willoughby (Brock University), Bowen Hui (University of Toronto) and Eileen Wood (Wilfred Laurier University).
6. Using technology to assist children learning to read and write: Philip Abrami (Corncordia University), Robert Savage (McGill University), Anne Wade (Concordia University), Geoffrey Hipps (Concordia University) & Monica Lopez (Concordia University).
7. Tools for learning in an information society: John Nesbit (Simon Fraser University) & Philip Winne (Simon Fraser University).
8. Virtual playgrounds: Children s multi–user virtual environments for playing and learning with science: Yasmin Kafai (UCLA) & Michael Giang (UCLA).
9. Can students re–invent fundamental scientific principles: Evaluating the promise of new–media literacies: Andy diSessa (University of California, Berkeley).
10. Domain knowledge and learning from the Internet: Malinda Desjarlais (Brock University), Teena Willoughby (Brock University), and Eileen Wood (Wilfred Laurier University).
11. The integration of computer technology in the classroom: Julie Mueller (Wilfred Laurier University), Eileen Wood (Wilfred Laurier University) and Teena Willoughby (Brock University).
Children s learning in a digital world: A summary and looking ahead: Eileen Wood (Wilfred Laurier University) and Teena Willoughby (Brock University).