ISTE’s member magazine, Learning & Leading with Technology (L&L), needs submissions for our Point/Counterpoint and Readers Respond departments! We are looking for arguments on both sides of the question “Video games: Harmful or helpful?”
Video games are undeniably popular among kids of all ages. But are they good for them? The research and opinions on this subject run the gamut, from fears that video games encourage violence and lead to attention problems to claims that they have the power to enhance cognitive skills and get students more engaged in their education. What do you think? Would today’s students be better off without video games, or are they the educational tool of the future?
Point/Counterpoint essays are relatively informal. For an example of what we’re looking for, check out the February Point/Counterpoint. We need one essay of approximately 500 words on each side of this issue, so consider either defending your argument passionately or playing the devil’s advocate, rather than arguing down the middle.
If you don’t have time to write an entire essay on this subject but still would like to weigh in, feel free to post a 25- to 50-word response on some aspect of this issue, and we may choose an excerpt to publish on the Readers Respond page. Please include your name, job title, city, state or province, and country.
And if you don’t have time to write anything but do have an opinion, take part in our Reader’s Poll on this topic on the L&L page of ISTE’s website.
To enter, post your essay on the discussion forum titled “Should corporations run publicly funded schools?” on L&L’s group page on the ISTE Community Ning. Please include some form of contact information if you do not regularly check your ISTE Community Ning message box.
If you’re not already a member of the ISTE Community Ning, you will be prompted to register. Don’t worry—it’s fast, easy, and free. Then go to the Groups page and click on the L&L logo to join our group. As a bonus, you can read our regular content, including updates on the magazine and discussion forums about hot ed tech issues.
If your Point/Counterpoint essay is selected, we’ll contact you for a high-resolution photo and a short (35-word) bio in addition to your 500-word essay. Thanks in advance for a stimulating discussion!