I love games just like the next person. But games can be educational too. They are not just for entertainment. They have developmental benefits such as:
- Improve memory
- Problem solving skills
- Improve behavior
- Improve social interaction
Research indicates that children who play games often are more advanced educationally than children who don’t. Combining educational concepts with gaming will move their learning to another level.
Incorporate the Education
Teachers can use games to review a concept taught to be used as a practice, review or application. The key is to make learning fun. Working with others has other benefits too, this incorporates the 21st Century Learning Skills of Collaboration with others. You can make your own game board, or use a deck of cards. For example, you can make a vocabulary matching game with the vocabulary word and the other card, instead of the definition, use an antonym or a synonym.
Solve the problem first
For math, you can use a game board with a card deck with math problems on the cards for the students to solve before they can move to the next space. Regardless, games can help students improve learning.
GRAB THE DREAM!!! Genola B. Johnson Dr. Genola Johnson has over 20 years in education. She is the Executive Director of Georgia Educational Learning Consultants, Inc.