These days more and more educators and parents are seeking a good free educational game for children and are witnessing positive outcomes from their game play. A common complaint among the elderly is that – “these days kids do everything online”. And schools are rarely exceptions to that general precept observed these days.
Free Educational Game for Children
More educators these days are jumping the bandwagon of educational games for children and are seeing encouraging results. Especially the student subgroups who use online games for math and English language learning are the ones to be gaining the most, academically. It is well understandable that some kids have academic needs that are not being fulfilled in the typical old-world model of a confined classroom. While the formal education system remains unwilling to change, but kids are learning a lot and are having enhanced engagement in learning activities in outside the classroom surroundings. This is the way it has been for quite a few decades now, the education system administrators only seem blind to this.
Only a few smart educators who really want their students and children to learn with interest and voluntary engagement, have began realizing the potential of these virtual educational games for students. Nowadays good teachers of young children are more like entertainers who are constantly looking for finding new and innovative ways to teach their kids.
Most game development experts and child psychologists agree to one conclusion about this explosion of educational video games and their effects on kids. They all agree that they help in developing the child’s basic cognitive functions and hone critical thought. In the game the students are put in control and hence, they automatically learn to tackle challenges.
Parents and teachers can also see the achievements of students in real time when using a game based learning tool. While for kids the game mechanics and the engagement and sense of competition is exciting, but for parents and educators it is of critical value to note how the child is learning, how they have arrived at that learning and the way a game has accelerated this process while utilizing the whole-hearted energy of the student to engage him or her in the journey of learning.
Many are also of the revolutionary view that standardized tests can be replaced with video game-based methods as there are continuous positive outcomes from these activities and students will feel more comfortable in taking a game-based test than a typical one. Also with game-based education, a huge amount of student data is available for parents and teachers to assess a child’s development and cognitive abilities. Then it would be easier to offer a tailored curriculum based on this data and its assessment.
Much Is Still To Come
The field of educational game development is still a work in progress and the greatest minds in education are proactively trying to find out new ways and custom the gaming environments to meet the needs of the students and the country and culture as a whole. It is time we realized the true power of gaming.
Pritha Biswas works as a content developer and editor for a living and is a reader by the night. Pritha wants to live in a world of beautiful yet simplistic businesses and lives, where minimalism is the name of the game. When Pritha is not writing, she likes to take out her Chinese ink pen to sketch her mind. Stick around this website for more fun blogs, articles and opinion posts or general rants about the good ol' childhood days.
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