Nowadays, we can prove that technology has completely converted our life styles. Past years, if people want to work, they have to receive specific training for that field. However, some researchers have realized that most of the needed skills for a job are found in video games. In the study “Harnessing the power of video games for learning” by the Federation of American Scientists, they say, “The success of complex video games demonstrates games can teach higher order thinking skills such as strategic thinking, interpretative analysis, problem solving, plan formulation and execution, and adaptation to rapid change. These are the skills U.S. employers increasingly seek in workers and new workforce entrants.” Researchers are giving out a new and potential tool that people can use to learn. Games are excellent to develop higher order thinking skills in people because they capture attention from the players. While people are playing, their focus is completely on the game. It means people are permanently thinking. Thinking about how to win the game? How to solve some obstacles of the game? What strategies should they apply to win the win?
The most amazing benefit that games produce is that people are solving problems right away. They are interested in winning, so they tried their best strategies to think. Now if we apply these same skills developed on the game, we would have great problem solving workers. In consequence, if they have any problem, they will have the ability to solve it right away. The good things that games produce are studied on the research because scientists are suggesting that these skills should be implemented in education. The question would be how to implement video games in the educational system. The answer will be by educational video games.
We have to be clear about the use of video games in classroom. In the article they say, “There are differences between games for education and games for entertainment. Developers of an educational game must target the desired learning outcome, and then design a game to achieve that target. Educational games must be built on the science of learning. ” With this idea on mind, educational video games would be great for children. Video games have the ability to capture people attention, so we can use that ability to teach some subject that is difficult for children like Math.
I, as a future Math teacher, am interested in this type of educational tool. First, most of the children find Math a difficult and boring subject because they don’t understand it. So they rather than trying to understand, they want to avoid it. But Math is everywhere, so teachers could use this tool to make Math a fun and enjoyable subject. For example, after giving a topic, teachers can reinforce what is taught by sending a homework using an educational video game. Students will have to do homework but in a complete different way than just writing on a paper.
In conclusion, I say that as long as people create educational video games with specific details designed for learning, I am favor of it. Children will be more engaged in learning, and the most important idea is that they will learn.