The Importance of Games in Education...

 

Read a textbook, listen to a lecture, take a test. This has become the structure of learning in America. But time and again we prove that this isn’t the only or even the best, way to learn. In fact, research shows that playing games enhances a person’s ability to learn and retain knowledge. A 2012 study found evidence that games “promote learning skills...and help students [get] the maximum benefit [from] the learning process” (Najdi, 2012). A more recent study claimed that games that provided multi-sensory experiences could lead to better education (Covaci, 2018).  

 

When it comes to teaching someone about a vast and complex subject like history (or math), a student can easily get overwhelmed. There’s so much to remember, analyze, and process. Memorization may help for a test, but it doesn’t help a person break down complex problems on their own. It doesn’t foster critical thinking or creativity. And yet, reading a textbook or listening to lectures are our go tos for learning and memorization.

 

Games, on the other hand, help break down complex ideas and subjects. They foster critical thinking (because what is a game other than problem-solving?), and creativity. Historical Conquest helps students engage with history, which leads to better learning and better memory. When you actively engaged with a subject, there’s a higher chance you’ll retain that knowledge.

 

Another thing that helps with memory is exposure. Many students don’t want to reread the same paragraph a bajillion times to try to remember the information, and flashcards can be downright frustrating. However, a game card is something you’re exposed to frequently, and, to build better strategies, a person will willingly review the cards in their deck.

 

Games also provide motivation. When a child is interested in what they’re learning about, they’ll actively seek it out. They’ll want to study it; they’ll want to know more. A game like Historical Conquest not only motivates them to play, but creates an interest in the historical people and events on the card. We embrace critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. We also provide programs like our Rare Card Program, which encourages written essays in exchange for rare cards.

 

Games help foster a love of learning. They build confidence with problem-solving and inspire critical thinking. They make learning customizable and fun. We at Historical Conquest genuinely believe that games can make a difference and build futures.

 

To Order Educational Games, please visit: http://www.HistoricalConquest.com

 

Biliography

Covaci, A., Ghinea, G., Lin, CH. et al. Multimed Tools Appl (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-017-5459-2

Najdi, Samir. “Educational Games: Do They Make A Difference?” Sciencedirect, Procedia, 2012, web.

Stathakis, Rebekah. “Five Reasons to Use Games in the Classroom.” Education World, 2013,

www.educationworld.com/a_curr/reasons-to-play-games-in-the-classroom.shtml.

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