Games for learning

Educators and parents recognized that some games help children develop in other areas, such as instilling motivation to learn, encouraging decision-making strategy, increasing creative design, improving strategy, promoting co-operation and teamwork, and fostering problem solving. In addition, they indicated that certain games motivate children to work on literacy and other creative activities, such as writing stories and other narrative-specific skills.

A few years ago, while I was researching Games, I came across a school, which included an exercise game called Exergame as one of their activities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LnzYspqYCU

In the Dovepress Joural, an article published on September 2011, titled “Management Autism and exergaming: effects on repetitive behaviors and cognition” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3218790/),  it is reported  that case studies and preliminary research show that aerobic activity can decrease self-stimulatory behaviors in children with autism.

Other games have been researched by educators. For example, New Mexico University has a learning game lab, funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the State of New Mexico and 15 other university partners.(http://learninggameslab.org/index.html)

After reading the comments from many sources, I have considered more of the benefits, such as developing creativity and imagination, collaborating with other students, and exploring thoughts and feelings.  What is your opinion about games?

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