Video games can be used to teach people the 21st century skills employers are looking for, said Judy Perry, research manager, Scheller Teacher Education Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
Skills that can be picked up through video games include collaboration and critical thinking â€" the types of learned traits conventional classroom environments don't foster.
"In my experience, [video] games draw students in and are highly collaborative, immersive and engaging," said Perry
said they also focus on problem resolution and teach practical skills to supplement classroom learning.
designs location-based, learning tools that "augment" reality for elementary and high school students.
These programs â€" which get kids out of their seats â€" often combine mobile technology with video games, taking advantage of GPS technology.
"They get students in a different mindset and help bring quieter students out of their shell."
says â€" like everything else â€" there are good and bad learning games.
And unfortunately, the bad ones often make the news.
"Bad games put entertainment before education," she