Educational Gaming Software
The great impact of gaming and entertainment pushed educators to recognize the amazing potential of these games in education. These games can be used as a teaching tool as this allows education to embrace the technology and integrate it in the educational process. This means that educators will have to transform computers, leisure activity and games into a useful educational resource. This allows children to use these games in order to develop knowledge and skills and most importantly of all, to reinforce useful habits in these children.
Video games encourages student to study and keeps them engaged. A study that was carried out at the University of Michigan stated that video games, especially puzzles that exercise the working memories of the children help enhance the problem solving skills and abstract reasoning of the students. Other studies also indicated that such games help enhance the students’ attention, cognitive skills and vision. This was proved as a great number of students that played these games scored better results than the rest of the students in examinations that tested their multitasking skills, accuracy and speed.
Teachers have started to take the required steps in order to integrate video games into the learning process. Teachers in individual classrooms or national organizations are all starting to integrate computers into classrooms. The NEA, which stands for National Education Association, provides these teachers with the needed guidelines needed to prepare them for the transformation process of integrating games and computers into their classrooms.
One of these educational games is developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the support of the National Science Foundation. This game is called Vanished. This game asks the students to figure out the reasons behind a hypothetical disaster that endangers the human species.