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:
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.
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. ***
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?
By Ángela R.