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Why use games to teach?

Teachers should be more creative in making learning fun. This is the only way that motivates students to stay focused on the lesson/subject. Gaming is one way of doing so. Furthermore, it encourages students to continue learning outside the classroom.

Games are also very useful for learning because they are a great escape from the real world. By this i meant that if one loses, there is no consequences, he could just start the game over and try again. Moreover, one can learn from the previous mistakes and will therefore manage to complete the task.

In my opinion, grades are not useful for the process of learning. By giving grades, you are like telling students that it is impossible to correct mistakes because the grade cannot be changed. On the contrary, games allow students to assess their knowledge for themselves giving them the chance to see what they could/could not understand.

http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/games/whygames.html

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4 comments on “Why use games to teach?

  1. thenarnianx
    October 22, 2013

    In my opinion using a game would get more students to participate in the classroom. This is because when the students are playing game and fail they would be motivated to try again because it is a game and not a boring piece of work. If it were the other way round and the students got a bad grade they would probably get discouraged and focus less unlike in the game where a game over would mean a retry.

  2. Seriously Virtual
    October 22, 2013

    You can also have a look at this: http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2013/10/awesome-power-gaming-higher-education
    This article discusses Jane McGonigal’s views and perspectives on why games, can not just be used for learning but also to change the world – because in reality education does lead to changing the world eventually.

  3. berniceschembri12
    October 23, 2013

    I agree with McGonigal’s view that it is education which manages to change the world.

    Another educational game that I found interesting is Ten Marks, mostly because it provides immediate feedback to the teacher and it provides help so that they can move through their problems and learn to correct them. It also allows the students to choose what they want to focus on.

  4. sarahbuttigieg12
    October 23, 2013

    I totally agree about incorporating gaming in your teaching to help the students feel less stressed. I also think that it will make the lessons more interesting and students more motivated. Looking up on this subject I came across this article about two tools which teachers can use to create educational games. I think they might be useful to us in the very near future.
    http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/08/two-excellent-tools-to-create.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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