Game-Based Learning is Fun!

Aug 26, 2020

Playing games is a great leisure activity for all ages to enjoy, but far more important is the fact that games can also be used as a learning and educational tool. Some games have been found to improve cognitive functions like memory and reasoning. Then there are games that have the potential to reverse aging-related brain function problems such as short term memory loss. Basically, the decision-making process accepted to play certain games simply makes the brain work harder. These cognitive exercises can range from the formulation of complex strategies to the basics of simple decision making. Both adults and children of all ages can benefit from the mental stimulation that game-based learning has to offer. 

Game-Based Learning Explained

Game-based learning is a teaching methodology that provides learners the opportunity to explore different parts of games as a form of learning. Games may be designed by educational psychologists, occupational therapists, remedial therapists, or even the teachers in such a way that it balances academic subjects such as mathematics with the strategies rules, and social aspects of playing the game. With the growth in the digital space, the side effect of game-based learning often generates negative connotations because of its close association with video games, which inevitably raises questions about its consequences. Having said that, these games are designed at different difficulty levels and with the goal of helping the players to retain the information that they learn and apply it to other problem-solving situations. Most of these games are related to real-life scenarios and help children to make way more informed decisions when it really matters. Collaboration between learners and educators is another teaching methodology whereby game-based learning may be applied.

Cognitive Growth

Every time children play the same game, they perform cognitive actions such as keeping track of hazards, recalling the rules, and remembering how the sequence of play works. Children use their strategic thinking skills, including using logic to make better decisions for them to plan ahead by making informed decisions about what happens next, this is called predictive thinking and is invaluable for any child. Children also develop strong problem solving and planning skills. They will need to think quickly on the spot without being able to hesitate, which is a skill that will serve them throughout their lives. Learners also learn how to think creatively and plan out their moves a few steps ahead. As a result, educational games can result in higher retention rates compared to learners reading from a book.

For further information on how Suczezz may help you spend quality gaming time with your loved ones, please do not hesitate to contact one of our stores near you for professional advice on what to purchase for which age group.

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