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How Can Games Help in Education

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The infographic explains the benefits games could have if added in the educational system. The infographic shows how children grow up using mobile phones and other gadgets at very early age, and how they learn easily from these things. In fact, children are accustomed to learning more efficiently from these things because of their constant exposure to them. This leads many people to believe that if games would be added in the educational syllabi, children would be able to learn things far more effectively and they would develop different skills.

Here is the infographic, you can read more about it below:

How Can Games Help in Education

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The most important thing which explains why games should be added in the educational system is that children love them. When kids are taught a subject using learning games, they learn the subject without any difficulty whatsoever, and won’t hesitate at all. Another interesting thing is that children are familiar with games at very early age, and that is not the case with the books. So when they go to school and see lots of books, this troubles them. On the other hand, if in school they will be given games along with books, they will be able to accommodate easily.

How children learn more by playing games still remained a mystery – although it was believed by the majority of the people – until recently, when a scientist Paul Howard Jones made some research in this field, and you can see it on the infographic which is compiled by Kyle Ward who works at Game Period. The most important thing that the research of Howard explains is that games increase the dopamine level in the brains and which causes two main things: the first one is that, as dopamine is associated with increased productivity, so it surely increases the productivity of the children. The second one is that it makes connections between neurons in your brains. If you study some psychology about the learning process, you will come to know that our brain works with the help of associative memory. Association is all that we need to remember more and more things. It is the same as a magnet; when we learn something new that is somehow connected to the previously learned things, this new thing will attach itself to the previous memories, and we would be better able to recall it.

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Another thing that games promote is the motivational level of the children. When children play games, they are motivated more and more. To put this in different words, children need some motivation to study, and when we will give them games – these games will have educational content – they will have strong incentive to play these games because they want to, and they will learn too in the process.

Co-produced by: Game Period & NaijaTechGuide

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article How Can Games Help in Education was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: June 9th, 2017

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