Computer Games as a Fun Way to Learn

Computer games a fun way to learn

Computer games have long been the object of criticism by educationists, parents, and old timers who speak of the good old days when a game of football or chess was a much more stimulating activity that children these days are missing out on. It’s true that many kids, as well as adults, are losing themselves in the virtual world with lost identities as they play online under anonymous names. However, modern educationists have highlighted the new skills our children are developing through playing games. This has led to many simulation games being employed by educational institutions to make learning more fun and make difficult concepts easy to grasp.

Adopting Technology

A survey of 1000 teachers, conducted recently, revealed that at least 91% felt that computer games help develop motor and cognitive skills, while 60% thought that they assist in developing thinking skills for acquiring specific knowledge.

It is one of the changing realities of our life and hard for many to grasp, but children today, who are born in a stage where computer technology has matured, have played with computer keys since they were toddlers. They are more comfortable in front of the screen and prefer to spend the bulk of their pocket money on online games over other recreational sports goods, or books. However, the upside of this is that they adapt to any latest technology presented to them easily and quickly and most of them are technologically more advanced than their teachers, which can be a cause of embarrassment for teachers.

 

Game Designs

Most mobile games are developed as time wasters; however, a few, especially from reputed companies, are designed with proper objectives and learning outcomes as the basis for the game. In fact, even as you browse through the game categories, they will include categories like puzzles, educational, brain teasers, sports etc., which are designed according to the respective age bracket of children. Xbox games by Sony come with joysticks and simulators that use the augmented reality concept to create simulations to experience the process. So, if the kid is playing tennis, then they wave the joysticks, just as they would wave a racket in a real tennis game.

Games as Educational Tools

Many games based on stories also adopt historical or mythological factors such as settings, characters, and objects in game play and several educational institutes are slowly adopting games for educating children. In fact, many gaming companies are designing games exclusively with the objective to get students engaged in learning difficult concepts. These games are designed as per the children’s age group. Parents, who use mobile devices such as Smartphones, phablets, or tablets, download games especially to entertain children in an educational manner. The games for toddlers include coloring tools, identifying animals by the sound or fruits and much more.

Of course, the truth remains that the excessive use of computer games may affect a child’s social adaptability and has also been known to cause withdrawal symptoms. However, computer games are great tools for engaging students in the learning process, especially in the classroom environment and can be co-opted with the existing curriculum as a way of moving forward.

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