to use gaming to help learning
Hi Homeschool.com Readers,
Don't kids already spend enough time playing video games? Many researchers argue
that's exactly why educators should make greater use of video games in the
Video games are challenging in a way that students appreciate. Students are not
usually excited about doing drill and practice activities – a problem to which
all teachers, parents, and homeschoolers can relate. Gaming can be used as
another avenue – games make the material more fun and engaging for today's
Online educational video games from Arcademic Skill Builders -
and App Store: "Arcademics" - challenge students through multi-player gaming.
The goal is to make the students fluent in the skills being practiced – skills
like multiplication, addition, subtraction, subject-verb agreement, and parts of
speech. As students play more, their rate of response increases and error rate
decreases until eventually they can solve the problems automatically.
A new multi-player game called
Grand Prix Multiplication enables students to race each other
while practicing multiplication. Each student has a race car on the track, the
speed is controlled by the student's rate of correct answers. The competitive
aspect of multi-player gaming engages students in a fun way that encourages
learning, especially when compared to flash cards. A recent pilot study by Arcademics showed that students' rate (how quickly a student correctly answers
the problem) improved 15% compared to students who studied with flash cards.
As Arcademics moves forward in the development of gaming and virtual
environments for education, the hope is that homeschoolers will incorporate
video games into their curriculum as more than just time filler activities or
rewards for completing class work early. Video games have the potential to
challenge students in a way they understand and respond to.
most of all, video games are fun, like learning should be.
If you would like to try out Arcademics Plus - which has score-tracking, custom
games, and video lessons - for two months with no obligation,
click here to contact me.
- David Scherrer, President, Arcademics.com