The Ubiquitous Video Game—Bad or Good?

How can kids have short attention spans during the school day, then go home and play video games for hours? Bob Coulter, MEd ’87, director of the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and Scholar in Residence at Antioch University New England (AUNE), will ponder that question at the first Spring Speaker Series talk on Thursday, March 29. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the AUNE Community Room. It is free and open to the public.

In his talk, “No Time for Homework…I’m Busy Playing Video Games,” Coulter will discuss the challenge of helping students balance their electronic lives. While media often decry mindless violence in games, others—including major corporations and the U.S. military—see potential in game-based learning. How can we sort out the truth and guide young people toward good, life-affirming choices? Join us for a wide-ranging discussion on how to help kids maintain balance in the twenty-first century.

Coulter guides teachers and students in connecting with their local environment as director of the Litzsinger Center, which is part of the Missouri Botanical Garden. A former teacher of upper-elementary-grade students, he also collaborates with MIT to design innovative, game-based learning environments. The best part of his work combines aspects of all of these, using games to help kids care about and make a difference in their communities.

For more information, contact Sean Wiley, 603-283-2431, or email swiley@antioch.edu.

Other Spring Speaker Series events:
April 10. “Reflections on Transitions Later in Life,” with Diane Kurinsky, professor, Department of Applied Psychology.

April 12. “A Career in Teaching Environmental Studies,” with Tom Wessels, core faculty, Department of Environmental Studies.