Free educational resource brings the excitement of 2022 World Games to classrooms

The World Games 2022 and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama are partnering to provide teachers with a free resource that will expand educational opportunities in the classroom.

The initiative – announced on Thursday during an event at Sun Valley Elementary School – is The World Games 2022 Live Healthy, Play Global Toolkit. Created and produced by 40 Alabama educators, the toolkit consists of a variety of downloadable digital resources inspired by The World Games that can be used to help students learn math, science, social studies, physical education and more. The educational program is presented by Foundation Partner of The World Games 2022, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

While designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, many of the toolkit’s lessons can be adapted for use by students in any grade.

At the announcement, teachers demonstrated how the toolkit can help them build dozens

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Video games act as catalysts to boost kids’ learning abilities

College Station (Texas): In an effort to curtail how much time young people spend playing video games, China has banned students from playing them during the school week and limits them to just one hour per day on Fridays, weekends and holidays. The new rule took effect Sept 1, 2021. From my standpoint as a video game designer and scholar who specialises in game-based learning, I don’t see a need to limit video game play among students during the school week. Instead, I see a need to expand it — and to do so during the regular school day.

Video games are one of the most popular mediums of our times. One estimate shows that by 2025, the global gaming market will amount to USD 268.8 billion annually — significantly higher than the USD 178 billion it is in 2021. The money spent on gaming does not just facilitate a

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Using video games for online student engagement

Play is a fundamental way in which we learn. Long before children encounter formal educational methods, they play, learning new skills and behaviours along the way.

As a formalised style of play, games are well suited to education. They are inherently engaging and have built-in reward structures and variable levels of difficulty. Furthermore, many games encourage cooperation, group work and the development of communication and problem-solving skills. For these reasons, games are used extensively in early years education.

However, their use in further and higher education is much rarer. While we see examples of gamification (using game elements in a non-game setting), actual games are scarce. Significantly, games are often perceived as juvenile pursuits, inappropriate for adult learners. There is also a lack of an established pedagogy and a much smaller library of specifically designed learning games aimed at older learners.

However, there are many opportunities to use games

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Fun Educational Games You Should Play with Your Kids!

Games can be a subtle way for parents or those who care for children to help build on and develop their skills for later life. It is encouraged to play educational fun games with children from early ages as it can give kids the foundations they will need throughout education.

Most importantly, educational games are fun! Most kids don’t even realize they are learning or developing these important skills as they are playing. A study found that educational games, especially those that stimulate the brain, can 23% gain over traditional learning.

An educational game does not have to be centered around learning subject matter, but rather allows children to use and build on memory, cooperation, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. The competitiveness aspect of education games allows for children to be much more enthusiastic compared to other methods of learning.

Educational games have many known benefits to your children’s learning

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