Adults always tell us to not play games for prolonged periods. But, they encourage playing educational games. Are educational games really better compared to traditional learning?
Short answer: yes. The games most probably are better.
While there is no definite answer, and studies are still ongoing, many studies favour video games being better than traditional learning. In a study from 2006, the experimenter developed a game for students with dyscalculia. The students were given 5 weeks to complete the game. It was found that all students could solve numerical tasks better and boosted their confidence!
Various other studies conducted from 2000 to 2010 support this claim. All of them say educational video games are why their perception of mathematics improved; they got the motivation and were able to perform better. A study on CNN in 2016 shows that students who spent more time gaming than browsing social media performed better.
And I agree with these studies. Games can bring about a revolution in the education industry. The next generation might learn in an entirely different way. We need to reduce today's rote-learning strategies with more practical-based learning. Think what would happen if we can somehow make engaging games which will also help the player develop an ability to think. Education all across the globe could be revolutionised and made a lot better.
I truly admire all the companies making educational games and trying to make students' lives easier. I am a student, and using games to learn helps me understand and solidify concepts quicker. In this 'information era', game-based learning can significantly improve education.
This is precisely what Harshad and I are trying to do at Pledu Interactive. We're creating science-based courses with many games to help students learn concepts. Click the button below to see it in action for yourself.
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