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      Gamification in Education: 7 Benefits of Engaging Students Through Playful Learning

      Posted by Boxlight on Tue, Aug 15, 2023
      Because of the rapid changes in the educational landscape, teachers are continuously seeking innovative ways to capture students' attention and make learning an exciting journey. A method that's becoming popular is using games in education, known as gamification. By infusing game elements into the learning process, teachers are discovering remarkable benefits that foster engagement, critical thinking, collaboration, and more, among students.
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      Topics: Games, gamification, learning games, Game-based Learning

      Game-Based Learning and the Virtual Classroom

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Aug 27, 2020

      When I was in first grade – back when teachers used chalkboards and ditto machines – playing a game in class was the BEST! In SoCal, it was unusual to have rainy days but when it happened our teacher would have us play Heads-Up, Seven Up during indoor recess. I can remember hoping someone would put my thumb down so that I could guess the mystery person at the end of the round. We would play this game the entire time and groan aloud when recess was over. Playing that game was a welcome break from the months of circle time lessons and worksheets. Did I learn anything from playing Heads-Up? I didn’t think so at the time but looking back with my “teacher eye," there was communication, engagement, and reasoning involved. Of course, I doubt learning those skills was intentional but it taught me two important things when I stepped into my teacher shoes: 1) children will remember the experience of a fun and engaging game, and 2) children can learn concepts and skills, solve problems, think critically, collaborate, follow rules, communicate thinking, etc. while playing a game!

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      Topics: Games, distance learning, distance teaching, virtual classroom, remote learning, Game-based Learning


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