"Hutchison has written this guidebook to help teachers integrate the study of video games into classroom practice….Hutchison provides a valuable, concrete way of engaging students in reading and writing by integrating a ubiquitious aspect of popular culture into classroom practice….Highly recommended. This book can form the core of interesting exploration and implementation by professional learning groups in your school. As well, it offers new opportunities for school library-classroom collaboration."
"The author does not envision a classroom where computer games can be played, but one where students will be analyzing, designing, and creating films using video game footage. The book is designed to be used in traditional classrooms where teachers will use their students' familiarity with video games as a stepping stone to teach higher order thinking skills. This also can be used in classrooms where students will discuss, research, and write papers on the various topics raised about video games. The book is arranged alphabetically by activities. Each activity has a brief introduction, description, discussion, grade level, and subject area. For educators wanting a different approach to teach various traditional skills in the various disciplines, this would be a good purchase."
Library Media Connection
"More than 100 video game activity ideas for grades 4 to 12 are included in this volume that helps teachers integrate the study of video games into the classroom….For each exercise, a brief background is provided, the activity is explained, and follow-up discussion ideas are offered….Teachers could aos use some of these activities as viable reserach topics for students."
School Library Journal
Building on the multimillion dollar video game industry's appeal to student interest, Playing to Learn is a practical resource that helps middle and secondary school teachers and school librarians (4-12) integrate the study of video games into the classroom curriculum.