At MOEcul we don’t really talk much about gaming in the educational industry, because well its a bit boring. But below is an educational post written by the team at The River School, A private school based in Worcestershire.
The role of video games have increased in the school curricula recently since the educators are seeking to deliver their core lessons such as reading and math in a way that will pick up their student’s interests. An increasing number of educators are seeing this method as a way to allow the students to take more engaging action in the way of learning as they enhance their skills in technology that they will need in order to succeed not only in their academics but also in their future professional careers.Parents are led to believe that games are bad for their kids. The young generation these days are exposed to technologies that were once only accessible to a select few by the older generation. What used to be spent in libraries to get books for research, children these days can only tap onto the keyboard, type in some words and they get their answer instantly. But because children find it more enjoyable to play games, it is time for the education to take their approach to a different level.
Below are some of the highly recommended educational gaming systems that will get your children into learning more.
- Kawashima’s Brain and Body Exercises (Xbox 360) – this utilizes Kinect technology that senses full body motion in helping the brain and body get trained. When it comes to lessons at school, this game mixes both basic math and physical education. There are also mental problems posed into the game, in which the a particular physical element is needed for the answer. The purpose of the game is to lessen the “brain age” of every player through better performance in every test posed by the game.
- National Geographic Challenge (PS3) – This game allows a maximum of 4 players to compete against each other to dominate the world. In order to achieve that goal, players will need to answer questions about history and geography. By giving the right answer, they are able to claim territories with it. This is a game that promotes “knowledge” as their weapon without the need for destroying physical objects in order to get more territories along the way. The game has about 4,000 questions but each are presented in various ways, with riddles, puzzles and anagrams all available for playing. The game is made better through sixty minutes of HD video footage, plus a lot of images that are associated with each question.
- My Word Coach (Wii) – the purpose of this video game is to improve vocabulary and communication skills. For those who are very passionate about the written word and spoken language, this game is perfect for any level. The game itself features a dictionary built within that contains around 17,000 words. These words are used to test to you in the aim of checking your knowledge. This is done through a series of mini games. After setting the difficulty level and evaluating your competence level, the game will also show you results that will help you improve your communication and verbal skills.
One thing about these games is that there is no age limit to play at all. Adults who want to sharpen their memory and at the same time improve their knowledge can also utilise these games to their leisure.