As we’ve mentioned before on the Imagine This! blog, many educators and parents still fear that video games and game-based learning might not live up to the hype surrounding them.
Sure, kids are engaged by all the visuals, characters, and challenges in such games. But will they learn lasting skills? Will their initial interest yield positive results at assessment time and long afterward?
These are valid questions, and current data are encouraging on both points. Of course, the world of educational technology is evolving alongside its usage data, so continued study will be critical.
But for now, specialists from curriculum designers to brain scientists see game-based learning as a big piece of the educational pie when it comes to math (and other subjects besides).
In an increasingly technological era of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and other future innovations depend on math. Meanwhile, game-based learning ensures both student engagement and a competitive edge in the world to come.
But let’s get back to the focus of this post. Remember, game-based learning is fun (hence, the game element). Why not jump on board?
Yes, you can (and should) ask tough questions about the game-based software options you investigate. Just don’t dismiss each option until you’ve seen firsthand what it can do for kids.