Math Video Games – Boosting Student’s Mathematical Skills
By watching or playing math video games, it has allowed students to understand better mathematical problems in form of video game. When children play the game either competitively or collaboratively with fellow players, they have a mindset of mastery automatically, which is very effective tool in learning as opposed to when they are playing alone. It is noticed as well that the enjoyment and keenness of students when playing these math video games have increased.
The findings of this research has been published and has elaborated how computers, gaming consoles as well as mobile based education can result to boosting learning benefits. One of the authors of research stated as well that they’ve uncovered great support for well designed video games that they can function as an effective tool for teaching students subjects that are usually not so popular among kids.
All types of games that are based on learning effortless caught the interests of students about the subject as well as broadening interests that’s beyond the goal of simply collecting stars or points.
By integrating math video games and other interactive educational tools in classroom for children, it is basically helping them to further enhance the plaguing problems inside the usual classroom environment which puts students in a mindset to look smart rather than being interested to know about the topic or subject.
When students were engrossed in math video and other educational video games, the two primary kinds of motivational orientations were identified amongst students. Mastery motivation of achieving goals where students are focused on learning and developing new skills and second, performance based goal orientation wherein children are focused more on validating the skillset they have.
So if we are about to consider this situation in classrooms, then students may be interested to be better at the game or should I say, mathematics while they are playing or they may even show some interests in proving that they’re smart or try to avoid to look incompetent from their friends and therefore, enhancing their performance based motivation.
While the content and design of the video games are extremely important as it has a strong impact on the potential outcomes, the positive result from such studies has showcased that making education come in form of entertainment can bring considerable positive impact in learning. Some are even forward looking thinkers and even contend education via math video games and the likes is the secret to salvation the idea of learning from instruction to real education. After all, these are all just predictions and it is time that can tell what we are making out of this new teaching medium. Still, there are numerous educational institutions and even instructors that are applying this technique.