Technology nowadays has facilitated our educational assimilation, yet traditional learning methods still partake in our daily life. Despite the evolution in Virtual Reality and Augmented reality, people still go to dusty books to extract information and go to school to learn about things they do not enjoy nor care about. We cannot deny that math has its benefits like enhancing one’s analytical thinking and memorization helps the brain retain information. However, as years progress and technology evolve, multiple ways offer children and adolescents an alternative method to learn, Video Games.
One study suggests that up to 50% of dropouts are due to boredom in school. For that reason, it is necessary to change the rules and shift from “have to” to want to learn”
According to a research study by Dr. Adam Gazzaley, the gaming industry plays an important role in helping children, teenagers, and even adults learn and broaden their horizons through key elements. We have listed the main reasons why video games are an incredible tool in the future of education.
The Rewarding System:
When comparing the two systems, we find that in schools as a starter you begin with the highest grades (From A), then either you maintain that high position or you drop lower to a B, C, all the way to an F. This system is based on a descending order; from positive to negative, from the highest ranks and gradually descending to the lowest as soon as the tasks get challenging.
In the Gaming World, the rewarding system is the exact opposite. As you begin playing, your character starts off at the lowest points. As you finish requests, missions, and challenges, you get handsomely rewarded, gain more experience, and face even more challenging tasks. Hence, you get more points, more skills, and your desire to do more efforts to earn high value rewards ascends. Funny how it works right?
The Level of Excitement:
The way you get excited in video games is totally different from school. Usually, in school you are presented with the solution or the end result. Then the teachers show you the method to reach that end result. There is nothing particularly innovative or pushes you to think outside of the box. Everything is cut out for you; your only mission is to retain that information by heart and repeat what others have already discovered in the exams. Pretty boring and has no thrill to it.
That’s not the case in video games! In fact, players are sent on a discovery mission, get acquainted with the atmosphere and scenario, then are left to dive alone, and get to beat the game by themselves. Players are expected to observe their surroundings, build their own interpretations and hypotheses, and then put their findings into test to see if they are correct. If a player fails a mission, he is given a chance to repeat and learn from his previous mistakes.
Basically, video games are teaching players to rely on their own cognitive skills to get into the end result.
Training for Real Life Situations:
It is believed that FPS games have an incredible influence on people’s awareness level; they teach players how to observe their environment mindfully and have better reflexes. Additionally, the human brain doesn’t distinguish between real life situations and stimulation. Hence, when you are focused on your task, the same area will be activated in the brain, whether you are playing soccer in your local football field or dribbling a ball in your PC. Although you won’t develop those 6 packs and buffed muscles, what you will definitely obtain is a trained mind and a set of cognitive skills that will be highly beneficial long term.
In a nutshell, our educational system is way behind our actual technological advancement! Traditional ways have indeed helped us and pushed us towards what we have achieved thus far. But to be limited to the old ways is a suicide to the highly intellectual brains that have the capacity to do much better.