Interactive Learning Games - A Great Way to Make Study-Time Fun
What are Interactive Learning Games?
The entertainment industry has taken the center stage in most of our lives. And if you are one of those parents that are constantly behind your kids, making sure that they are doing their homework instead of playing computer games then you know too well what I am talking about. If you are pulling teeth trying to keep your child from spending hours behind the computer playing games and maybe just forty-five minutes doing some homework, then you might want to consider getting your child involved in playing interactive learning games. They are just as fun and might be a great way to include study-time in their daily routine, without the constant yelling.
This is the era of technology; from cell phones to computers, laptops and tablets, there is no getting away from it, so we might as well make it a part of our life. And although it takes some of us a bit longer to get up to speed with the changes in technology, our kids seem to stay up to speed. From my experience with my 4-year old, as long as it has a console, he knows exactly what to do with it. I was careful not to leave my cell phone anywhere he could reach it and put a password lock on the computer. It was a new routine to add to my list of too many and I needed any solution.
It took some time, but I began to see how this “obsession” with gadgets could work in my favor. On several occasions I had to use games on my cell phone to keep him calm when a short meeting turned into a couple of hours. Then I thought to myself, if I could get him to play games to keep him calm, then I can use that same time to get in some study time.
I started to do some research and came across the concept of interactive learning games. Interactive learning games are applications, usually for computer or mobile devices, that stimulate learning through a user’s interaction with the program. Your child is presented with a scenario in a particular subject area to which he or she needs to give their response. Your child can respond by doing anything from selecting the right answer with the click of the mouse, or inputting information by typing it on the keyboard or touching the pad of a tablet or mobile device. It is identical to the games that your kids are playing on their computers or mobile device, the only difference is that the games are educational.
Today, interactive learning games are a part of our life. When I pick up my son from school, we would go home and spend hours playing interactive learning games on the tablet. I recently started to develop games myself, so I would take the worksheets my son’s teacher sends home and develop games about them that we can play on the tablet. He would play for hours and have no clue he is doing his homework.
In essence, we as parents need to be flexible in our approach to keeping our kids on track when it comes to their studies, especially in the day and age we live in. We need to take the time out to try new things and see what works best. You would be surprised at what you end up learning in the process.