Gaming In The Classroom [INFOGRAPHIC]

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When I was at school, the method of teaching was watching the teacher explain it on the blackboard and then pray to God that you understood everything they were telling you.  But these days, children are definitely pampered with this infographic claiming that gaming-related teaching is on the rise in the classroom. Is it happening in your school?  Is your child coming home with “gaming thumbs”?

Let’s be clear. We’re not talking World of Warcraft or Angry Birds. We’re talking about educational games which make the student think, and which make them “engage more” in the lesson (which loosely translates as “it stops them from goofing off at the back of the classroom”). It can be simple as a basic game for little children showing them how to care for animals, to a slightly more complex game showing students how to fight cancer cells at a microscopic level. It sure as hell beats a double Math lesson, where you’re reading from books.

What do you think of gaming in the classroom?  Is there a place for it in the teaching curriculum? Does it help students to learn more, or is it just another modern techno fad that does absolutely nothing for a child’s development?  If they have gaming in lessons in your school, tell us in the comments what games exactly are offered, and how exactly you think they help.

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Mike Kirkpatrick

Gamification of education has really taken off in the work place. I am not shocked it would take off in schools. A professor of Economics and I theorized that if we could explain Macro and Micro econ easily through video games like Eve Online and other MMO’s people no only would understand it better but through application be able to derive more from it than simple supply and demand curves.


Edwin Williams

Gaming in school was probably the only thing that made me actually WANT to go to school in elementary school :D


Ahmed Khalil

side effect of the technology


Nethu Alahakoon

I use my mobile to play games!

Lisa Santika Onggrid

On the contrary, I don’t like mobile games. They’re often too simple, so I play with my consoles and load educational apps to my phone (dictionary, scientific calculator, etc).


Alex Perkins

I need to get my teachers in on this, lessons I actually want to take part in.


Lisa Santika Onggrid

We used to play PuttPutt series in elementary school and it was the best test ever.
I personally love gaming since my cousin introduced Playstation, and by playing RPGs I’ve learnt more English than my classroom ever taught. Whoever said game makes you dumb is horribly incorrect. I still play till now and I’m good at school. My A-grader friends are all gamers.

I agree we can learn supply and demand curves with online games. I also recall there is a course on ‘Gamification’ offered in Coursera several months ago.

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