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Are Educational Video Games Effective?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

With so many educational video games on the market, it leaves parents to question if they really work. Many classrooms have began using video game technology to help aid their students in learning. Studies show that kids learn quicker and more effectively when they are interested in the learning platform, and video games certainly are an engaging format for learning. You can find many different types of educational video games at stores like CompUsa and Gamestop.com that are geared towards kids of a certain age group, as well as particular topics of study. Below are some reasons on why people believe that educational video games really work:

Entertaining Learning Platform

The platform is more engaging than a teacher giving long lectures or a book that can sometimes become exhausting to read. The idea behind educational video games is to allow kids to learn while they are not even aware they are being taught anything. The video games are fast paced, colorful and offer an entertainment value that you cannot find in the ordinary classroom or within a book.

Hand Eye Contact

The video games controls, whether on a video game console or a computer, allows children to interact with the game and use hand eye coordination while they learn. The children pick up some very keen motor skills while learning through the video games that they cannot gain from classroom education.

Quick Thinking

The games require the kids to act fast and produce quick thinking skills. In an ordinary classroom environment, children are usually offered a period of time to react to a question. They have to raise their hand and wait to be called upon, and in many cases they don't get the chance to interact at all. With educational video games, they are in control of how quick they want to respond and are rewarded for quick thinking and fast reaction times.

Play Longer Learn More

Kids will sit and play their video games for hours on end and usually will only release the grip from the controllers after they have been prodded to do so by frustrated parents. We know that kids are drawn in by the fast paced world of the digital games and enjoy the time they spend playing them. With this knowledge, we should understand that the same will hold true for educational video games. Kids will spend more time learning than with an ordinary book. You might find that your child is spending more time studying with the use of video games than ever have before; this is a great feature that the educational video games offer.

Be sure that you choose age appropriate educational video games for your child. If you find that the games you purchased are too easy, your child will become bored with them, but if they are too challenging, he will become frustrated and not want to play them at all. Find a happy medium where your child will be challenged but not overwhelmed.



Nov 6, 2010 3:35am
Video games can teach kids a lot in a new skill area. However, kids shouldn't spend more than 2 hours a day on video games and t.v. combined-even if they are educational.
Dec 27, 2010 5:22pm
After reading "What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy" by James Gee I was sold on the notion that video games were a viable learning tool. After implementing 2 laptops in my kindergarten classroom it became even more clear: children can learn from video games. I also agree with the previous comment though: video games in reasonable doses.
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