Read comics and play games instead of doing homework?

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Cross,Carl (Cultural & Community Services)

Mar 24, 2010, 6:01:42 AM3/24/10

Apologies for x-posting but the clues in the name.


Interesting but not quite as cool as it sounds for just some of these reasons:


  • I’ve never bought into the idea of giving struggling readers a comic. Aren’t you just giving them two or more things to have to worry about reading now (text/pictures/layout/sound effects)?
  • Boardgames=good (yes they are) videogames=bad (oh, no they’re not). There are lots of games which offer the potential for tangential learning from Civilization to Crayon Physics.


A quick video on videogames and tangential learning – warning: the closing remark might raise a few eyebrows in a crowded office!


Perhaps they should start printing serials on the back of cereal packets?






Carl Cross

Children's Librarian - South


Based at Long Eaton Library

Tamworth Road

Long Eaton


NG10 1JG


t: 0115 9735426


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