Are Computer Games A Good Influence In School?
Computer Games are played on a personal computer. While they were initially called Video, Games played on a video console, with time technology has allowed us to play the games on a computer. There is a huge variety of games available in the market. What you want to play can be based on ratings given for age, kind of game (puzzle, adventure, role play etc.). With the success and popularity of the games, game developers started competing to create new and better versions of the popular games. With saturation of this market, they started exploring different age groups and gradually younger kids are getting into the gaming scene. While this may seem like a bad influence, bear with me while we try to convince you of the opposite.
Several studies have now shown that game playing can benefit children to a large extent. Many schools’ world over are now trying to use this tool to make learning more fun and interactive. It is not just in-school Computer Games that are beneficial, games in general can have a positive effect on children. What positives are we talking about?Social Activity: Playing games itself by its inherent nature is a social and encourages interaction amongst children. When kids play games, it is important to teachthem the basics of group play while constantly stimulating their emotional and intellectual skills. This is very difficult to explain and execute through school activities. With the Computer Games, the children seem to learn and do these things without much to complain about.
Interest factor: With the advent of the internet and fast paced learning, children find the traditional style of learning very boring and uninteresting. The teachers find that it is a huge challenge to hold the attention of the kids. Computer Games these days make learning interesting and relevant. Some of the role play games require the kids to understand the culture of the places they visit while embarking on an adventure. This makelearning more acceptable.De-Stressing: The present competition in every aspect of our lives forces children to grow up much ahead of their times. They are now spending more time learning at school, the concepts are introduced at an earlier age and they are exposed to so much more much earlier. Playing
Computer Games allows them to de stress and take their mind off things that occupy their minds most of the day. This will eventually help them work and concentrate better when required.Adaptive to speed of learning: All children have different capacities to grasp information. Some children need more time to understand concepts. Teachers find it difficult to teach children with varying abilities. Computer Games can teach concepts with a great deal of ease. Where the concept is unclear, games or puzzles within the concept can be answered. If the concept is clear, the complexity can be increased for a greater challenge.
Coding: Some kids are oriented towards computers and learning the various aspects of coding. There are games which offer a chance to understand the basics of coding. For example, the hugely popular “Angry Birds” is doing exactly that. Teaching kids coding is an initiation for kids into technology. An early start can never go wrong. With technology changing and updating so very often, kids needs to start early and this will be in the right direction. They will be learning some important technical skill by playing these games.Where in real-life situations, a hacker uses hard core coding language and commands to hack into another system, here in the game, everything is done in a Graphic User Interface.
So, from the above what we can understand from the above is that playing Computer Games can result in gains if we orient ourselves that way. Kids can learn from these games to help analyze complex ethical and moral problems which may not have been possible to create in a classroom scenario.They are given hypothetical situations in the games which they can analyze and solve bearing in mind the moral and ethical dilemmas. This will equip them with key skills needed when they are faced with similar situations in real life.
Gamers are now engaging in a new variant of the games which allows the kids to learn and experience, while receiving constant feedback. This makes the learning immensely satisfying and engaging. All in all, we can say that gaming should not be frowned upon as habit-forming, or as an addictive waste of time. It is eventually all about perspective and how well we can mold it to suit our purpose.