This year has brought many changes to our daily routine. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to physically distance ourselves as much as possible, while masks and other public health measures remain in place in the outside world. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Canada and remain high in the United States.
Schools have reopened and there is much debate over whether they should reduce the risk of transmission. As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder and we await the arrival of the second wave, we will all be looking for things to do to stay home.
As an online gaming expert, I strive to highlight the importance of online gaming in today’s society. I have shown the financial implications and growth of the online gaming industry, as well as the social benefits associated with video games. I also talked about how parents can manage their children’s playtime.
Online games can be a lifelong learning space in an online environment, providing players with many benefits while staying at home.
Building on the existing curriculum, I will highlight five subjects that can benefit from video games in the classroom: English, math, science, history, and physical education. These games are intended to complement, not replace, the existing school system. Games can create a fun learning environment in which we physically distance ourselves at home while still being sociable and learning.
Literacy and language
A recent study by the UK’s National Literacy Foundation found that more than 35 percent of children who play video games believe they read better; The study also found that more than half of the participants read and write game-related material at least once a month.
I would say that many video games have better storytelling than high school stories. While choosing the best story games is a subjective task (BioShock is a personal favorite, although it is M rated for adults 17 and older), I highly recommend interactive story games that allow players to make decisions that affect the rest of the game. … …
Telltale Games offers a large collection of pop culture based story games, from Batman to the DC Fables series. All of them are designed for teens and older.
Games foster creativity and literacy – two qualities of a great English lesson.
Mathematics is the “basis of game design”: trigonometry, calculus, and algebra play an important role in game design. If students want to create and develop their own video games, learning math is essential.
Prodigy Games offers free student and school math games designed to engage students in math. These games are for students in grades 1-8 to improve test scores. Video games are “the perfect way to teach math” and can help children develop their math skills.
Video games can bring numerous cognitive benefits to online players. These benefits include positive effects on basic mental processes such as attention, perception, decision-making, and memory.
Video games can also increase productivity in jobs that require good hand-eye coordination and quick decision-making. Video games have been found to improve training efficiency for both pilots and surgeons.
There are many physics-based games out there, and I encourage students to get started with the Portal franchise, one of the most popular games of all time. Pay special attention to Portal 2 and how physics-based items have been improved. Portal games are rated E for everyone.
History can be learned through video games because they allow us to relive the events of the past. Games like the Assassin’s Creed franchise (suitable for teens and above) allow players to experience historically accurate settings and interact with historical figures from the Crusades, Renaissance Italy, the French and American Revolutions, and Ancient Greece and Egypt. While the events of the game may be historically inaccurate, developer Ubisoft prides itself on the research conducted in its authentic setting.
A favorite of both academics and gamers alike is the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise. Civilization (E rating for all) is a historical simulation game in which the player becomes the ruler of a historical civilization and strategically overcomes the complex economic, political, technological, religious and cultural challenges associated with building an empire.
While these games are not entirely historically accurate, they can be an interesting introduction to famous places, people, and problems from the past.
After you have spent most of the day, it is time to get active. Historically, Nintendo has done the best job of getting gamers to play with the motion-controlled Nintendo Wii console. The Nintendo Wii remains the most popular Nintendo console of all time, and action games such as Wii Sports and Wii Fit are among the top ten best-selling games of all time.
Wii Fit is used medicinally to enhance balance training both at home and in the clinical setting.
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