Gaming their way to learning
Pressley Baird writes about fun and learning with video games.
“Students can get immediate feedback from a video game, and whether that feedback indicates success or failure, it means something.
“If you get 59 percent on a test, you have failed. You start back from square one,” LaGarde said. “In a game, if you get 59 percent, that means I got 59 percent of that level right, and I start back at 60.”
Even small-scale video games, like an online program used in Brunswick County Schools called First in Math, serves as a motivator. First in Math gives students a way to practice basic math skills, said Lauren Harabin, who teaches second grade at Bolivia Elementary School. But it lets them do that by moving up to the next level and seeing how they rank against other students.”