Digital games have a high presence in non-formal and informal subdivisions of learning. It’a an effective way to use technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. According to Learnnc.org, digital game-based learning has the potential to engage and motivate students and offer custom learning experiences while promoting long-term memory and providing practical experience. Digital games help students set and work towards achievement goals, provide helpful feedback, and maintain records for measurement purposes. “The interactive nature of digital video games stimulates learning and encourages participants to challenge new topics of knowledge.” According to learnnc.org. The games can help students develop computer skills that they’ll need in a modern society that continues to develop technologically.
The relative advantage of the use of digital games in 3rd-grade math is that it influences motivation, collaboration, and engagement of the students in a positive way. According to Openeducationeuropa.eu, the games offer a secure and contextual environment that foster different skill acquisition, such as problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills, strategic thinking skills, and social skills. Digital games in education have been very successful and the application of them for learning means an opportunity for students to apply the acquired knowledge and experiment, get feedback in the form of consequences thus getting the experiences in the safe environment.
Digital games can also be used for personal development and help improve self esteem of the students. The games help establish dialogue and break social and cultural boundaries. Formative assessment is one of the teachers’ main means of improving student learning and according to Sciencedaily.com game-using teachers reported conducting more formative assessment than those who didn’t use games, and facing fewer barriers in doing so.
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