Games are learning, set to the tune of fun. In an educational world filled with discipline and rules, games give us all a chance to be more playful – and they encourage students learn in a forum that they’re familiar with – which just so happens to be the exact forum they associate with recreation and a good time.
Games are also ideal for many different learning styles, particularly:
Games use visuals to create problems that players want to solve. The visuals also give clues towards the solutions, and keep them immersed in a visual experience.
Some games give audio directions or use voice-overs to reinforce text and it’s human nature to talk through questions, give pointers, and coach each other as we play games together.
Even the “hands-on” experience of moving a game piece engages kinesthetic learners in the learning process. Even better, a lot of newer video games get us up out of our seats and moving.
The social (interpersonal) learning style, as identified by Memletic Learning Styles, even mentions the enjoyment of games in its definition. Social learners are good listeners and like to share their ideas and thoughts with others for feedback, which tends to happen naturally during team-based games and activities.
Many games are designed to accommodate a multitude of learning styles, and they can be an incredibly beneficial addition to the classroom. Check out our teacher-designed Curriculum Mastery Games for Common Core aligned board games or sign up for a free trial of our Online Learning Program to give the digital versions a try! Your students will definitely appreciate it.