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#7578621 Mar 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
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Interested in reading levels? Check this out.
World of Warcraft reading levels.

http://edurealms.com/?cat=4
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#7583730 Mar 26, 2013 at 02:28 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
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I am interested in reading levels and found that interesting. Marvel Comics are written at a higher level, for example, than DC comics . . . (pre video-game "get your kid to read sneaky maneuver) Got my son hooked on X-Men, improved his reading, but when he got an interest in D&D his comprehension and application of what he learned was really something even a mother could identify.

We are always concerned that video games will decrease reading ability or comprehension, and I came across this interesting article that discusses a study regarding this subject. What are your thoughts on this?

The mismeasurement of Boys: Reading and Video Games.
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#7592410 Mar 28, 2013 at 08:50 AM · Edited over 6 years ago
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We are always concerned that video games will decrease reading ability or comprehension, and I came across this interesting article that discusses a study regarding this subject. What are your thoughts on this?

The mismeasurement of Boys: Reading and Video Games.[/quote_post7583730]

I love the title of this paper - boys and traditional school don't always mix well. It's a very interesting article, but anyone who hangs out with boys (I have 3 sons) and pays attention will discover that a huge amount of reading and research goes on around video games. For a WOW player at the highest levels, it is serious breach of protocol to show up for a raid, especially one of the big 25-player raids, without having done your homework. There are forum posts to read for your specific class and role and often videos (another form of text that is generally not privileged when people talk about literacy in schools) to watch before you would dare set foot in a dungeon with a bunch of other players.

A lot of that reading is task-oriented and procedural, but, to use WOW as an example again, there happens to be a library in WOW where you can go read all the lore of the world and get all the history and stories behind the characters. And I bet it's all written in a calligraphic font. Really, how much more literary can you get? If it's cool to read Redwall books, it has to be fine to read WOW lore, but no one is counting that in the reading that gets done by boys.

Because of our focus on content, we discount this type of reading, collaborating, researching, creating. We could do a lot to teach people how to do these things if we used a medium that interested them more. I'm not sure how to get this past a college curriculum committee though, and you would have to be very explicit in helping students transfer those skills. There is such a huge divide between fun and school that people have trouble seeing any correspondence between the two activities.
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#7595870 Mar 28, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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i totally agree with Truegrit! If any kid, boy or girl, is reading I dont give a hoot what they're reading! and if they're having fun, then it's a win-win!

IMHO the goal is to get kids learning how to read well enough to read whatever they need to be successful in their future. If games do that, then let them play!
Al Gonzalez
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