It’s no secret that online computer games are not only fun and use your time effectively, but can also be used for educational purposes. Over the last few decades they have become very popular with teachers, parents and of course children. In fact, they have even attained a fairly stable position in the education system, even breaking into the K-12 classrooms and now helping students learn digital technologies and computers while expanding their skills and knowledge in academic subjects (such as math, languages, painting, physics, basics of business administration, etc.)
Online games can therefore rightly be described as an efficient means of teaching, assessing and controlling students, not to mention increasing student motivation. In addition, they allow teachers, parents and students to understand the progress of the latter over time – to see how their performance is improving, to recognize the progress they are making and to be more responsible about their learning.
So what are the benefits of using online games in the learning process?
Playing computer games is an activity that gives children the opportunity to develop their skills while having fun. In addition, games can be used by teachers and parents to assess children’s skills and knowledge. Of course, they can hardly be called an appropriate and excellent assessment tool (unless we are talking about real educational games), but they still allow to assess the abilities of the students and the progress they are making in learning.
In addition, electronic games are compact and easily accessible. Very important in my opinion is the development of students’ creative abilities when playing certain types of games – e.g. some of the coloring games require a creative approach.
Playing quality games makes children feel responsible for their learning and encourages them to acquire new skills along with developing creativity. Playing computer games is not only a skill assessment tool, but also a way to intensify the learning process, making it more efficient and interesting. The spirit of healthy competition is also likely to be instilled in the children – because they certainly want to score more than their peers, finish the game faster, etc.
The online computer games can be used to develop and demonstrate certain skills and knowledge, some of which are:
– Use of computer skills (required for pretty much every online game).
– The mathematical knowledge. Nice examples of math games are The Equator (where you have to solve simple equations, but non-stop and within a certain time limit, so it literally blows your mind!) or Ben 10 Mathrix, where you have to answer math questions.
– Leadership skills. Some examples of such games are “Beauty Resort” (where your task is to work your way up from a small spa to a luxury resort by managing the principles of time management and organization) and “Hotel Management” (where you run a hotel) . ).
– Creative skills. For example, there are games that combine creative skills with mathematical knowledge – eg “Winnie, Tigger and Piglet Coloring Mathematics” or “Mickey and Friends Coloring Mathematics Game”. They offer a great opportunity to practice math skills while coloring a picture. By solving simple equations, children will discover what color to use for each detail of the picture.
All in all, we can conclude that using online computer games for learning and teaching purposes is very beneficial for several reasons: accessibility, convenience, time investment – and of course fun for the kids.
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