Watching or playing math video games had offered students mathematical problems in form of a 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. In addition to that, it’s been observed that the enjoyment and keenness of students when playing such 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. Among the authors of research stated as well that they’ve discovered adequate support for well designed video games that they can act as a great tool for teaching students subjects that are often less 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.
The two primary kinds of motivational orientations were identified primarily amongst students when they’re engrossed in math video and other educational video games. 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 will put this into context, the students may show interest to be better at the game or at math while they play or may show interest in proving that they’re smart or try to avoid to look incompetent from their friends which then enhance their performance based motivation.
While the content as well as design of video games are so important as it creates a strong impact on potential outcomes, the positive results from these studies showcased that making education come in form of entertainment brings considerable positive impact in learning. The truth is, some even forward looking thinkers and contend education via math video games and the likes is the secret on saving the concept of learning from instruction to real education. But these are just predictions and it’s only time that can decide what we are making out of this new teaching medium. Still, there are numerous educational institutions and even instructors that are applying this technique.