Can Games Be Used As Educational Tools?

ThisGenGaming says: "Recently Ubisoft released a free update for Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Ancient Egypt Discovery Tour. With this new content, we are now able to take guided tours through ancient Egypt and I just LOVED this concept of learning through the powerful medium of videogames.

In this article I intend to explore the added value the medium can have compared to the regular methods applied in education."

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bloodyspasm240d ago

Did I miss something incredibly obvious? Please let me know as I'm quite fascinated by the topic!

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strayanalog240d ago

Well put. You actually hit a lot of things right, in my opinion. And because this is the internet I have thoughts (even though I agree with the majority of what was said).‎

Games by default can teach us about languages and grammar (for the most part), maps, music (an entire generation was introduced to Beethoven in the original Resident Evil), and improve your hand-eye coordination.
The bonuses would be the ability to show your strengths, if given the opportunity, with creativity and organization.‎‎

‎Classrooms are built around a routine with instructional discussion and language modeling, because let's face it, children need structure.‎
I think games could teach children in a classroom environment if done correctly, yes. Mainly, though, by building upon the classroom organization (ways to help children maximize learning, maintain interest, and develop skills to regulate their own behavior), but only without replacing the curriculum while maintaining social interaction.‎
As it stands right now, not everything needs to be replaced with a screen just because it can. Besides, all kids would need glasses before second grade if everything was digital, which is one part of why we still need books.
Still, if educational games were added to an established traditional curriculum then it could work, in theory at least.‎ Just my two cents.‎

bloodyspasm240d ago

They're good thoughts 😉 about yoir glasses remark: Has it been proven that looking at screens could actually ruin your eyes? I'm from 1987, but my parents were one of the first to get a PC and I spent hours behind it (or my game boy and later on consoles) have 20/20 vision still 🤓

strayanalog240d ago

I suppose I'm a dinosaur since I'm just a few years before you. Oh well. Although I didn't get a PC until later down the line, I still used one in moderation, but probably not more so than you since you owned one in the time period. I think it was the television with the hooked up NES that grabbed my attention, along with my Gameboy (we both have good taste), and every console after that that would wreak havoc on my eyes. But in your defense, my eyes could have been dealt a bad hand, because my eyesight isn't perfect.‎

And while more studies need to be made on screens ruining your eyes, there is a dangerous light called "blue light." Even though sunlight is its main source, there are man-made indoor blue light sources through display screens on computers, flat-screen televisions, smart phones and other digital devices. Of course the light is only a fraction of the sun, but it's in the continuous use that could damage retinas.‎

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Tross240d ago

Yes. I'm actually surprised they're not recognized as a valuable education tool. I'm not saying we should do away with classrooms and books, but we now have more resources than ever that can be used to teach any number of subjects, and with those additional resources come more options. Options are good as people learn in different ways. All I'm saying is games are just one of many types of resources that can augment what's already employed in classrooms.

bloodyspasm240d ago

Something I forgot to mention in the article: My end of year project at college was making a game bundle for 5-6 year old (first grade in our school system) we made 34 flash games, burned them on CD's and distributed them in schools (2 per school to be used in the classroom, and some schools opted to have the parents buy them) we ended up turning a pretty decent profit even 😁 (sold them at €8)