While I believe that there is a time and place for everything, unfortunately I do not believe that there is a place in my classroom for video games. Teaching English is so different than any other subject. While it seems like all we do is read, there are a lot of other things that go on inside a Language Arts classroom. I'm all about using technology in my classroom. I love that the kids like to read on their phones/ tablets/ laptops. But for me, that's where it ends. I have not found any "games" that will help grow my students academically.
However, when talking to my science teacher friends, I have learned that there are many ipad apps that they can use to teach physics and the such. I love that they kids would be able to use those games to understand things like velocity. I think in today's world we do need to meet the kids where they are. That's why I use a class blog for their writing. I also like to have them create things like an Instagram for Edgar Allen Poe (or who ever we are reading about at the time).