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.

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Top 5 Racing & Super-car games

There are hundreds of good, if not thousands of car racing games on the market today. We found 2 articles we thought were good, At autoexpress and here, but we disagreed with a few so decided to write our own quick round up in our very un-expert opinion. Un-expert is that a word? Anyway moving on.

1.) Forza

The most realistic games on the market, with hundreds of hyper realistic maps and thousands of very real car driving styles.

2.) Gran Turismo

The giant in the online gaming world and was originally created back in the olden days (when it comes to online gaming). But now the PS3 version is out and we are all stoked and excited to get through it. Personally I haven’t had chance to play more than about 2 hours on this, but a well built game none the less, what we have learnt to expect from the team at GT.

We will take a break with our list to show you this video, these are the top 10 games according to the top YouTube channel on this subject. Enjoy, and remember to let us know if you agree.

3.) Grid 2

The new kid on the bloc and I game I haven’t personally played, but one of the top 5 choices by all 15 experts we interviewed in relation to this article. You can get this on PC, PS3 or Xbox360/1. This game also includes a variety of racing styles and not just the F1/turbo/supercar scene we are used to.

4.) F1 2014

Couldn’t have a top 5 list without a game dedicated to formula 1. One of the best games on the market if you are looking for realism. At a very reasonable £20 nowadays, this is a great game for people who are looking for an F1 experience without the price tag of going to these F1 racing days. Although if you are interested there are loads near you!

5.) Need for Sport

Still holds a soft spot in the hearts of racing game fans. Probably the original racing game that was actually any good. Character or car based and although probably not on the same scale of realistic (ness) but still a great game for people who are “into” cars, but not really interested in the whole “549.5” horsepower.

Remember if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the MOEcul team, we will be happy to have a chat, and if you have any gaming or car-racing related questions we would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading as always.

T/J

 

Safe Online Gaming Tips for Children

The prevalence of online gaming in today’s society has led to increased risks for users during their experiences with games, particularly to children of youth.

1.) Parental Controls

On Internet gaming consoles nowadays, many options exist for parents to set password-locking controls on content so that their children may not access it This includes limiting apps, games, videos, and other mature-level content from being displayed when the preferences are set to this standard, similar to a television. For console garners in particular, safety settings can be monitored from their personal account (or gamer tag), by accessing them through in-game options. Similarly, many of a computer’s options can be altered in either the Control Panel or the parent’s main profile, as they can change settings for secondary accounts used by guests or children.

2.) Virus & Safety Protection

Although gaming consoles are slightly more protected to this, mobile phones, laptops, and desktop computers are particularly vulnerable to spyware or damaging files that can alter your security encryption. Asa result, be sure to use an updated Firewall with proper anti-virus.

However, children have a tendency to be easily manipulated by those who offer something “too good to be true”. Therefore, it must be instilled by parents into their children to NEVER reveal personal information to ANYONE they do not know on the internet, including: passwords, credit card numbers, addresses, phone numbers, or any other personal information that can be used to obtain illegitimate access.

In addition, they must be urged against downloading files without permission, regardless of the device. If a reasonable adult is unable to affirm the safety of a potential download, it should not be downloaded.

3.) Cyber-bullying

Finally, a phenomenon sweeping the world of gaming is the term labeled as “cyber-bullying”. Cyber bullying is generally defined as sending intimidating or threatening messages while using electronic communication, usually in an attempt to put others down. It is also worth noting that children are susceptible targets who seldom admit the occurrence of such events.

Because of their tendency to not admit to being cyber-bullied, the following tips are for parents to suggest to their children in order to avoid being emotionally devastated by a cyberbully: – Ignore them – Leave the game and choose a new one to play – Turn the game off and return again later

If your child is emotionally distraught as a result of cyber bullying and you are worried about potential risks, parents can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

How to choose a Racing Game

If you are in the Mood for Speed then it’s time to choose a Racing Game: There are a lot of options out there, ‘Wii Sports” , for example, is great fun. My daughters and myself have spent hours Racing around in Boats, Airplanes and in Cars and Trucks.Each Sport has it’s own bit of excitement. It all depends on the feeling that you have at the moment, Speeding across the Water having to stay in between the Obstacle Barriers, Flying through Clouds shooting down Balloons or Racing through a Tunnel and around tight corners and ledges against other competitors, it’s up to you There are many ways to satisfy your appetite for Speed.

The favorite of the day is actually “Grand Theft Auto”, although Speed is not the only factor in this Racing Game, it is a lot of Fun! In order to play this Racing Game you must Speed! After all, when stealing a vehicle there needs to be a fast “Get Away”! This Game, however, is not for the faint at heart. It’s entertaining, yes, but you will need to have an opened mind to work your way through the streets. This Game is “All Out” Head Bashing and Cruising the Hood. The Need for Speed in a Racing Game is quenched in the Simplest Manner sometimes, if you check the App Store on your iPhone there are endless possibilities. From the “Easy Rider Racer”, to the “Expert Advanced” Stage. I personally enjoy the Bear Grilles Adventure Racing Game.

I love the Survival Show and all to learn. I could watch Episode after Episode and enjoy every minute. He takes you out into the Wild and Teaches a great Lesson. Really makes you feel like you are there. The Game has him speeding across Jungles, Leaping through the air and near missing the pits and ditches of the runway. Great Fun! Children enjoy the old Hand Held machine Racing Games, with their favorite Characters. They got to pick who they wanted to be, the Dragon or the Penguin and what Racing Car they wanted.

They even had Trading Cards to exchange. Many a day of playing Racing Games. It was the Coin Collecting and watching out for the Mine Pits and Monsters with Clubs that made it so fun. Those Programs had you swimming under water and dodging bullets while running and jumping at the same time! You had to GO FAST in order to make it through the Course or you could be clobbered!