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Have online games changed the way schools teach?

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Online games are playing major role in children’s daily life. Teachers have always been struggling to grab the attention of their students. This is and has always been the biggest challenge in the classroom. Children are overwhelmed with a lot of information flow from all sides. This naturally leads to a drop in their attention span.
When it comes to acquiring new knowledge, there are few crucial points to think about.

Attention Span of the Child!

When a new learning concept is introduced, attention span of the child plays a key factor in understanding the concept. There are many experts who believe that children who pay attention in the early adoption phase of a new concept, tend to remember and understand the concepts better. Another crucial point is when practicing the use of the new concept. This is when a theory becomes alive.

Teachers wanting to achieve better results with their students need to be creative.  Look for innovative and attention-grabbing techniques of teaching and be patient of course.

This is the reason why many teachers have adopted game-based learning. According to many articles and researches gaming or gamification is the leading technique in engaged learning and intuitive problem-solving.

Gaming is not a new teaching technique. It has always been a part of it in one way or another. Game designers are inspired to solve the attention problem with their gameplay concepts. In other words, they learn from teachers problems and look for ways to help.

Online games can be good!

Online games include not only problem-solving questions but also social aspects. Many games have gameplay interactions,  discussions or competition with other players where social skills are used. Data shows that often children adopt gameplay strategies in real life. And refer to them as a navigating point when they have to solve a real-life problem.

Online games for kids for the last few years have a tremendous positive impact on children’s learning process. This is the reason why teachers use educational mobile games as a supplement to the school curriculum. In addition to that, parents have great use of educational games to assist kids who are under homeschooling programs.

Online games for school teaching

Teachers understand the importance of fun!

Teachers have realized that lessons need to be relevant and attractive to their students. They successfully include game/play interaction in the learning process. Many schools are already using games on BYOD tablets/iPads to supplement lessons and the results are great. Especially when it comes to the new tech generation kids. Children that experience difficulties with concentration (ADHD) or anxiety have shown progress in class thanks to game-based learning.

Teaching in school should be relevant with the time we live in. School teaching should also include critical thinking, questioning the concepts, applying them to new concepts to co-create new knowledge.

Ultimately schools should teach how ideas can be generated, navigated and executed.In the era of constant change, where the speed of innovation has no limits, our children have to get the best out of school education. School teachers understand the need for online games to help children be up to date with the time we live in. Therefore, both will go hand in hand in the future education.

Coding for kids

Skidos makes coding fun for kids!

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“Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs

It has been 20 years since Steve Jobs said these words, but not enough progress has been made towards it. Coding is only taught in higher educational levels or through special programmes, but not everyone has access to it. So we wonder why are people still resistant to this when there are so many cool benefits:

1. Learning is easier at a young age. It has been scientifically proven that it is easier for children to learn things than an adult.  Coding for kids on the age of 5 may sound too complicated and optimistic. However, the understanding of coding logical building is not that hard even for kids. 
2. Problem-solving and analytical thinking. Coding techniques help children to develop critical thinking skills. It teaches them how to break down big tasks into smaller and feasible steps.
3. Coding for kids is creative. It allows kids to create a whole world on their own and choose what paths and tools they use to create those cool things. And who doesn’t want to be a creator of its own game or reality?
4. Coding is the future. Programming is one of the fastest growing occupations. Coding for kids can build a ground basis for future understanding and of course expanding choices for future possibilities.

The whole world seems to be moving towards technology, so why shouldn’t kids be prepared for the future?

Skidos is joining in on this initiative and is working to offer children an easy and fun way to learn to code. Instead of feeling trapped and bored, with Skidos’ games kids have a lot of fun playing while they learn. Moreover, they develop new skills without realizing it. Intuitive learning approach for studying is not only giving the best results in understanding, but it boosts motivation as well. 

Stay tuned! New coding games from Skidos are coming out this month!

Celebrate Easter Holidays with Milk Hunt School Math Edition !

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Easter School break with educational games

Easter school holiday is an opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids. Especially having fun and experience some unforgettable moments.

If you are a parent and looking for an activity to do during this period, we recommend you to celebrate this holidays with Milk Hunt. Gaming with children during this period also offers parents countless ways to insert their own teaching moment. Milk Hunt School Edition can be an opportunity to open conversations with your kids. In other words, if you’re trying to get your kids to give you more than monosyllabic answers and grumpy shrugs. Try talking with them about the games they love. It’s nice for children to be able to play with their parents and share this experience cultivates family bonding, learning, and well-being.

As you may know, SKIDOS has launched Milk hunt school edition on android. It offers 3 features: Weekly reports, Practice offline, and add student profile. Milk Hunt is an award-winning game which encourages children to practice mental math while being engaged in a classic endless runner challenge. Designed to be adaptive and personalised for children to boost math scores and increase their affinity towards math. Kids would love play milk Hunt during Easter School holiday with their parents. Milk Hunt is played by thousands of families with kids in grades K-5 across the globe.

Kids and parents love playing Milk Hunt for:

1. Practising mental math in a fun manner rather than boring worksheets

2. Replacing casual gaming time on the phone with educational gaming time without compromising on the fun factor

3. Having fun and playing together as a family

4. Getting additional practice on what is taught in school.

The game is fun but at the same educational. Milk Hunt has a Math Lab section in which kids can choose their grade and topic to practice math. Milk Hunt has an intelligent and adaptive algorithm which tracks the progress of the child and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses. These can be seen by tapping on the bar graph image in the math lab section. Parents and Teachers can also track the performance of the child over some time for each grade.

Parents playing video games with your kids has always a positive impact! Don’t miss this opportunity during the Easter School break. Kids are kids. They need adults to help them make meaning out of imaginative play, especially when it comes to activities that are steeped in mathematical thinking and challenge.

Happy Easter!!

Skidos Team.

Important Annuoncement! Skidos Studio launches Milk Hunt – Math Game for Android

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Milk Hunt School Math Edition

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 Dear Teachers, Parents and Kids.

We are happy to inform you that Skidos Studio will launch Milk Hunt School Math Edition on Android tomorrow. The Game on Android will offer 3 features:

-Add an additional profile.

-Weekly Report

– Play Offline.

  • Here is the story:

Kando the zippy Kangaroo needs your help as he travels across New York in a hunt for milk! He can run, fly & swim, but poor Kando can’t do MENTAL MATH!

Help Kando solve problems to collect milk bottles & make a splash by setting a new distance record.

Customize your learning plan to test your skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions & many more topics all from the common core standards.

Conquer your learning plans & help Kando chug down milk as he bounds from the Forbidden city dodging obstacles & more! Built exclusively for iOS and Android, Milk Hunt is an ideal game for kids ages 6 & above.

Milk Hunt is just like regular math worksheets from class but with more fun! Whether your child is in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, Milk Hunt will prepare them for this year & the next with challenging math problems, all while going on an adventure!

  • CUSTOMIZED YOUR LEARNING AND YOUR PRACTICE

Start learning at your own pace. Milk Hunt gives children the option to pick their grade & any topic & progress at their own pace. Topics range from simple math, such as addition & subtraction, to algebra & fractions.

  • PROGRESS YOUR REPORT

Track your progress with the Math Lab section of the game, & view correct answers for each missed question. Milk Hunt helps identify areas of strength & weakness.

  • GLOBAL LEARNING STANDARDS

Milk Hunt has aligned its entire question database as per the Common Core Standards for Grade 1 through 5 & has a comprehensive list of topics covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals & other common math topics.

  • MULTIPLE GAMEPLAY STYLES

With 5 unique gameplay styles & 7 beautifully designed environments, you will never get bored of playing.

  • THE GAME INCLUDE KID-FRIENDLY FEATURES:

– Intuitive and safe design, with no advertising

– Language neutral interface with minimal need for verbal instructions

– Goals & badges award you when you beat each level

– Game Center integration to compare scores with others

We thank you for all your feedbacks. Hope you are having fun!
Do you like Milk Hunt? If so, please rate and write a review for Milk Hunt on the Android Store. It really helps us.

We will love to help you out if you have any problems using our apps on Android. For any technical support or to report a bug or for feedback please email us at play@skidos.com.

How to engage kids in learning? (Gamification)

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“I want you guys to be stuck on a video game that is teaching you something other than just blowing up something” President Obama 

Gamification is about increasing motivation and engagement. Once you have a kid’s attention, it is still up to the teacher or the parents to deliver a solid, meaningful lesson. Gamification is not a magic bullet, nor does every student need it, but the students who benefit the most from a gamified classroom just so happen to be the ones who most need motivation and engagement. There are some ideas about how to engage your kids through gamification.

  • Improving an existing training program, by empowering proactivity.
  •  Promoting social interaction, by simulating the actual tasks they will perform in a safe virtual environment.
  • Mimicking real life challenges with increasing levels of difficulty, by introducing different challenges with increasing levels of difficulty.
  • Adding gamification elements to learning for those with various learning disabilities, in order to keep them motivated.
  • Using game-based simulations, to improve the general performance of the group.
  • Simulating reality in different/new environments, so the concepts become active and independent of the environment.
  • Allowing students to collect badges by completing certain tasks, so the achievement is more tangible.
  • Using game elements during the lesson’s explanations, to avoid bored minds.
  • Enabling learning in a forgiving environment, which allows for risk-free mistakes.
  • Tapping into intrinsic motivation. Create a context and narrative, and then select the most appropriate game elements to create an immersive experience to take a player on a journey.

The game mechanics found in a good gamified classroom raise a struggling student’s self-esteem and provide an extra layer of engagement that might not otherwise exist. Your best, brightest student may enjoy learning in a gamified class.

Game-based learning is the new black at schools

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Game-based learning has the potential to drastically improve the way children are taught. Games have peculiar qualities that let them engage hard-to-reach students in a way lessons cannot, that’s why gamification is a must into the classrooms.

A good game is a powerful motivator for learning. It engages the mind and the passions simultaneously, with obvious results. 

Who play video games? 

  • 99% of boys 
  • 94% of girls
  • 62% of teachers 

Here you have 5 reasons why it does work:

1. Games foster ideal conditions for learning

Catch the term zone of proximal development (Lev Vygotsky); in this zone the lesson is neither so easy that the student is bored, nor so difficult that he gives up. There is a sweet spot for learning that lies between what a person can do without help, and what they can only accomplish with help.

Teachers create lessons that fall into their students’ zone of proximal development, as well successful games tend to aim toward this same zone. The tantalizing opportunity provided by games is a lesson that measures player skill, and then delivers an appropriate response automatically.

But! Game designers “need to be mindful of the cognitive load imposed on players” to learn to play.

2. Games encourage growth

The growth mindset paradigm is the idea is that individuals who see themselves as evolving through hard work and dedication will grow their abilities, while those who see their talents as fixed traits will not (Carol Dweck).

Games that support a growth mindset allow for “graceful failure” by embedding low-stakes failure into the game mechanics. These games encourage balanced risk-taking and exploration. A player who fails at a well-made game immediately tries again, and when the player eventually succeeds, the idea of growth through practice is reinforced. 

3. Games improve spatial skills

Games improve visual processing, visual-spatial manipulation of images, and auditory processing. Much of the improvement to video games demanding that players interpret, mentally transform, manipulate, and relate dynamic changing images.

Games have significant value for education because the skills cultivated by games are widely applicable outside of games. 

Specifically, action games, often called First Person Shooter (FPS) games, improve attention, mental rotation, task switching, speed of processing, sensitivity to inputs from the environment, resistance to distraction, and flexibility in allocating cognitive as well as perceptual resources. Not only did people learn these skills from video games, there was a significant ability to transfer that learning to other activities.

4. Games are linked to STEM achievement and greater creativity

Spatial skills “can be trained with video games (primarily action games) in a relatively brief period” and that these skills “last over an extended period of time.” More excitingly, the improvement in visual-spatial skills is related to other, more scholarly, improvements.  The learning of these skills from video games show increased efficiency of neural processing. Improvements in spatial skills predict achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

5. Games foster engagement

One of the most important factors related to learning is time on task. It is highly related to proficiency. Yet, students are found to be thinking about topics entirely unrelated to academics a full 40% of the time while in classrooms. In fact, on average, high school students are less engaged while in classrooms than anywhere else.

Enjoyment and interest during high school classes are significant predictors of student success in college, and that this engagement is a rarity in US schools.

The relationship between time spent and skill applies to video games as well. The more time spent playing educational games, the greater the gain in skills and knowledge. The average gamer spends 13 hours a week playing games.

 

It is not clear whether the positive effects of game-based learning stem from greater time spent learning, or increased efficiency in learning, or both. It is clear, however, that more time is spent learning when educational games are used than when they are not. Tobias et al report that those who learn using games, “tend to spend more time on them than do comparison groups.”

 

Do you use game-based learning in your classroom?

What positive effects you see in you students?

By Ángela R.

Source: The edvocate

 

Help your students through gamification (II)

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Gamification (article here) has been one of the most effective learning methods for over 15 years now. Gamifying the learning experience increases learners’ levels of goal achievement, engagement, interactivity, and motivation. What more would any teacher ask for?

Last week we share some ideas (here) about how to use gamification with your students,in this post we want to complete the information with more useful tips, let the game begin!

 

  • Resembling real-life situations and experiences.– The game has to contain the essential elements of gamification, including goal-setting, an instant feedback system, interactive competition, virtual rewards, and “leveling” up within a program or application.

  • Overcoming prejudices and accepting that traditional teaching needs to change. Play is important for learning. When children exploring the world, they literally kill themselves out of curiosity. If we destroy their natural curiosity, they will become unengaged and cynical. A traditional education system wastes a tremendous amount of human potential and it’s time we upgrade education system to the 21st.
  • Getting learners involved and learn by doing. Students learn by doing, and can experience frustration in the process of finding out what works.  They experience the challenges and dilemmas that all the learning process has.
  • Illustrating progress, increasing engagement and creating challenges. Gamification can make learning beautifully intuitive. For example, building in “levels” is not just a great way of showing progress; it also allows you to start with the basics and get more complex as their understanding of the content develops.
  • Empowering learners to feel like heroes. Play is the highest form of research. We have new cultural and global problems to solve and educators agree that there is room for improvement in engagement levels; this is where education and games diverge. The main way gamification reshapes learning is by permitting learners to set and understand their own goals; by re-defining failure; and by changing feedback to be fair, frequent, granular, and not fully contingent on the teacher.
  • Asking students to practice outside the classroom. Besides teaching regular content CV in a class, teachers can ask students to practice at home and send snapshot of their performance. Although not all of them may like this kind of competition, most of them could feel that this is a motivating factor for more hard work and participation outside the classroom.
  • Deconstructing games and reverse-engineering what makes them successful to engage, challenge, and keep focused. Games are artificial learning environments. There is no game without a challenge. Humans love to be challenged. Our brain is a learning engine and it was developed only for this one purpose. Why blame a game for being so engaging and motivating that school seems to be so damn boring in comparison to it? Shouldn’t we learn from the best and try to fix what’s wrong with education? Or in a nutshell: Don’t blame the gamer, blame the “game”.
  • Motivating the acquisition of tacit knowledge. Tacit knowledge is that we cannot describe and is not a realm of formal study. However, this is the most impactful on productivity and retention. Game mechanics help attract, direct, and engage people in behaviors that drive organizational learning and the spread of tacit knowledge. The existence of games is incredibly effective in motivating behaviors designed to encourage the spread of tacit knowledge.
  • Providing ongoing motivation in order for learners to stay engaged in a long-term endeavor. The game’s challenges and feedback kept them highly engaged.

Do you already use any of those ideas in your classroom?

Share your experiences with us!

By Ángela R.

*Source: E-learning industry

 

Help your students through gamification

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Gamification (article here) has been one of the most effective learning methods for over 15 years now. Gamifying the learning experience increases learners’ levels of goal achievement, engagementinteractivity, and motivation. What more would any teacher ask for?

Here you have some ideas about how to use gamification with your students, let the game begin!

  • Improving an existing training program, by empowering proactivity.
  •  Promoting social interaction, by simulating the actual tasks they will perform in a safe virtual environment.
  • Mimicking real life challenges with increasing levels of difficulty, by introducing different challenges with increasing levels of difficulty.
  • Adding gamification elements to learning for those with various learning disabilities, in order to keep them motivated.
  • Using game-based simulations, to improve the general performance of the group.
  • Simulating reality in different/new environments, so the concepts become active and independent of the environment.
  • Allowing students to collect badges by completing certain tasks, so the achievement is more tangible.
  • Using game elements during lesson’s explanations, to avoid bored minds.
  • Enabling learning in a forgiving environment, which allows for risk-free mistakes.
  • Tapping into intrinsic motivation. Create an context and narrative, and then select the most appropriate game elements to create an immersive experience to take a player on a journey.

Do you already use any of those ideas in your classroom?

Share your experiences with us!

By Ángela R.

Source:  e-learn Industry

SOS! Has Your Kid Forgotten the Lesson after Summer?

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Summer break may only be a couple months but that’s long enough for some students to forget much of what they learned.

Summer learning loss is the loss in academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. But parents say their students can’t take a vacation from keeping their minds active. “I’ve taken up iPads, I’ve limited TV, cause we know that if they go back to school and they haven’t done anything in the summer time then they lose about two or three months,” said parent, Maisha Hambrick.

A common finding across numerous studies is that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of summer (on the same test).

Parents like Hambrick say putting academics on hold is simply not an option. Summer loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about 1 month, but this varies across subject matter:

  • Mathematics – 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency loss.
  • Reading – Low-income students generally lose about 2 months of reading achievement. Middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performances.

“Fourth grade is a tough grade for some students so it’s very important that he’s up where he needs to be when he goes to fourth grade,” said Hambrick.

To close the achievement gap, parents and teachers have a simple suggestion.

“I would recommend that parents read with their children nightly, similar to what we ask them to do during the school year for a minimum of 20 minutes,” said parent and teacher Tracillia July. July suggests letting children pick their own literature to add some fun to the summer season.

Students and instructors are off school typically between 6 and 14 weeks, depending on the country and district. In America, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Lithuania and Russia, summer holidays are normally three months, compared to six to eight weeks in Australia, Britain, The Netherlands, Canada, and Germany.

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Teachers suggest utilizing free online programs to avoid a backslide in August.

As teacher, what do you recommend to parents to avoid the summer learning loss?

As parent, what have do done with your kids during summer holidays?

By Ángela R.

 

Sources: Raycomgroup, Wikipedia,  KingsisleblogOnlinecollege

Gamification

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Gamification            kangaroo_speech13

Do you belong to the generation who saw the very first beginning of videogames? The black screen with green letters has give way to an infinite spectrum of games.

Today’s kids know exactly how to find a game in your phone, or how to unlock the tablet, to find their favourites games from all the apps and start the game. This generation is the generation of technology.

The traditional education system of learning by books, homework and papers has proven to be good before; when there were no computers, Smartphones and tablets around us. But… is it good enough in this technological and changing environment?

What if we make children learn trough the games?

Well, that’s what gamification is:

Gamification: the use of game design elements in non-game contexts.*

Kids love games. The next natural step is to integrate the learning process into the action of the game. Gamification has tremendous potential in the education space. 

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Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals. Gamification taps into the basic desires and needs of the users impulses which revolve around the idea of Status and Achievement. **

The gamification of learning is the educational approach to motivate students to learn by using video game design and game elements in learning environments. The goal is to maximize enjoyment and engagement through capturing the interest of learners and inspiring them to continue learning. Gamification, broadly defined, is the process of defining the elements that comprise games that make those games fun and motivate players to continue playing, and using those same elements in a non-game context to influence behaviour. In educational contexts, examples of desired student behaviour which gamification can potentially influence include attending class, focusing on meaningful learning tasks, and taking initiative. ***

 

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Gamification in education is not just the future but also the present. Lets apply this new educational tool together!

What do you think about gamification?

Do you think it’s positive for kids?

#Gamification #Education

By Ángela R.

* Knewton   ** Badgeville   *** Wikipedia