It has offered students to solve and understand mathematical problems in form of a video game by watching or playing math video games. When children play the game be it competitively or collaboratively with fellow players, they automatically adopt mindset of mastery which is quite effective in learning as compared to when they play alone. In addition to that, it’s been observed that the enjoyment and keenness of students when playing such math video games have increased.
The findings of this research has been published and has elaborated how computers, gaming consoles as well as mobile based education can result to boosting learning benefits. Among the authors of research stated as well that they’ve discovered adequate support for well designed video games that they can act as a great tool for teaching students subjects that are often less popular among kids.
All sorts of game based learning quickly piques the interest of students regarding the subject along with broadening interests that’s beyond the goal of simply collecting stars or points.
By incorporating math video games and other interactive educational tools in classroom for children, it basically helps them to further enhance the plaguing problems inside the usual classroom environment that puts student in a mindset to look smart instead of being interested to learn about the topic or subject.
The two main kinds of motivational orientations were primarily identified amongst students when engrossed in math video and other educational video games. Mastery motivation of attaining a goal where students are focused on learning as well as developing new skills and second, performance based goal orientation to which the children is focused more on validating the skillset they have.
So if we will put this into context, the students may show interest to be better at the game or at math while they play or may show interest in proving that they’re smart or try to avoid to look incompetent from their friends which then enhance their performance based motivation.
While the content and design of the video games are extremely important as it has a strong impact on the potential outcomes, the positive result from such studies has showcased that making education come in form of entertainment can bring considerable positive impact in learning. The truth is, some even forward looking thinkers and contend education via math video games and the likes is the secret on saving the concept of learning from instruction to real education. But these are only predictions and only time can tell what we are making out of this new teaching medium. Even then, this technique is being applied by various educational institutions and even instructors.