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The Crucial Role of Animated ChildrenŐs Educational Games


Wednesday, 3 August, 1 - 2:30 pm
Forum: Learning Games and Narrative
Room 502B

The role of animated children's educational games can not be understated. With the abundance of television programming that is purely entertainment, children are idling away alarming amounts of time watching only television programs that have no educational substance. Their formative years are hampered by the lack of cognitive stimuli that educational programming can provide.

Based on research on current television viewing habits, programming trends, successful educational television shows, and sound educational principles, this paper maintains that educational games will be a strong component in alleviating the excessive amount of time that children spend with pure entertainment television. Subsequent research on popular educational games has led to development of a basic set of criteria that would provide the most effective educational games. Companies can capitalize on the proliferation of computers in homes and schools, and elevate engaging educational games to a level of prominence among current media outlets.

Patrick McCue
Savannah College of Art and Design
pmccue (at) patrickmccue.net
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