So, why are games beneficial in the learning process, and why do we love them? Playing a game opens the possibility to enter inside a safe space for the experimentation with players’ own competences and building relationships. Games are enjoyable: our body emits a big quantity of “feeling-good” hormones when playing, such as serotonin, oxytocin or dopamine. This feeling allows games to support the development of competences at the same time we have fun. Some tool competences they can help to develop include following rules, adaptation, problem solving, interaction, critical thinking skills, creativity, teamwork, etc. From kids to adults, games can be used to develop competences and increase learning.
Games enhance youth to learn new things overcoming standardised barriers and while they are developing new skills, they build an emotional connection to learning. Creating emotional connections during learning makes the experience concrete and transformative of attitudes towards the learning process and space. Because games are interactive and engaging, they may also encourage students to explore new topics and approaches to learning that otherwise they would not consider.
The international partnership “GameOn” created this playlist to promote inclusion, participation and critical thinking through game design. Learn more about this partnership here.
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