Gaming at School?

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Studies show that 99% of boys, 94% of girls, and 62% of teachers play video games.  So why leave the games at home, when they can be used to enhance learning at school?

Here are 5 ways that games can help students excel in the classroom:

Love of Learning.

Students learn the best when the lesson is neither too easy nor too hard, so that the student isn’t bored or frustrated with the lesson.  Good games will aim for that same middle ground; the game will assess the player’s skill level and put them on a path to success that suits their current knowledge.  When done correctly, incorporating games into your lesson plans can provide the students with a learning environment that will keep them engaged and interested in their subjects.

2.  Growth.

Games allow players to track their progress.  As they pass another level or earn a new prize, they are rewarded for their success.   When students are working hard to improve their skill set, they will grow their academic skill set even though it feels like they are playing.

3.  Spatial Skills

Video games improve visual processing, visual-spatial manipulation and auditory processing.  These are important skills that are applicable in real life. Studies have shown that action games specifically, help to improve attention and speed of processing.  Not only do these skills improve in the game, but students are able to transfer these skills to other activities.

4.  Creativity.

Studies have also show a connection between creativity and video games.  There are many popular games like Minecraft that allow students to be imaginative and innovative, helping to boost their creative thinking across the board.

5.  Engagement.

Studies have found that student interest and engagement in high school is a major predictor for college success, which means that getting students engaged is is a major concern for teachers.  Students that play video games spend an average of 13 hours per week playing. This is time that students are spending engaged in a task, trying to build their skillset and advance onto the next level.  Using video games in school can help harness that focus and apply it to academics.


Story via The Tech Edvocate