Level Up: Why Fun Is an Integral Part of the Learning Process
Learning Tools More than 40 years of research shows that no matter a family’s income or socioeconomic background, family engagement is an essential ingredient for student success.
Most of a child's ability to communicate, to relate to teachers and peers and their attitude towards learning is formed at home. Mediaplanet caught up with Dig-It! Games’ Suzi Wilczynski to talk about how family engagement can significantly raise student academic achievement.
Mediaplanet: How can cross-curriculum games help students retain a deeper understanding of concepts?
"Games help teachers blend play and learning to create a fun, interactive environment where kids want to learn."
Suzi Wilczynski: In cross-curriculum games, students apply what they have learned in multiple classes to solve problems in creative ways. They internalize concepts while they exercise their critical thinking skills. These games inspire students to find answers in their own way, leading to deeper understanding and better retention of the material.
MP: What role does fun play in digital learning?
SW: Fun is an essential part of all learning. It’s a known fact that students retain more when they enjoy what they’re studying. Games help teachers blend play and learning to create a fun, interactive environment where kids want to learn.
MP: What are a few key aspects to look for in a learning game?
SW: The best learning games allow players to apply their knowledge in creative ways. Look for games that combine curriculum areas, emphasize problem solving and help kids see the real-world value of what they are learning. Don’t overlook the fun factor. A child won’t learn anything from a game he or she doesn’t want to play.