Last updated on January 13th, 2021 at 05:17 pm .
It is scientifically proven that games help develop the mind, particularly of younger ages. Yet, why are they frowned upon as something that does the contrary?
In modern times, gaming has become a topic of debate for many reasons. Particularly the one about it being harmful to students. However, modern research has shown that gaming is, in fact, highly beneficial for the mind and body of school students. But, there is one thing to keep in mind here, that is to keep a certain balance between physical activities and playing video games.
Nowadays, thanks to technology, that is not that difficult to achieve. According to some experts, the more you keep a blend between the two, the better. Therefore, we are going to look at some of the top video games and other games that teachers can employ in their classes. It will not only increase productivity and skill training but also create a bond between students and teachers. So, let us begin.
List Of Top Games
Since there are so many games, both physical and virtual, the list could have been longer. However, it is important to keep in mind that this is in no particular order.
- Kahoot (Video Game)
Kahoot is one of the leading names in the modern era of schooling. Not only has it an intricate system, but it allows users to access a main-frame from various devices. So, in the times of pandemic, this is an ideal solution to keep productivity high. The game uses a variety of quizzes which are based on MCQs or multiple-choices. The game itself can be accessed through a web browser or the Kahoot app itself. With over 224 million uses in 2020, it is one of the best options for teachers and students alike.
- Charades (Physical)
This one is not only a favourite among school-teachers, but this is also hailed as one of the best family games ever. Charades is a parlour word guessing games. In this, a person physically acts out the shape of syllable or words. One of the reasons that it stands out is because of its ability to increase fun activities among young children in schools. It does not only increase their intelligence skills, it also allows them to portray their other abilities. For instance, Charade is known to have developed these abilities in children:
- Better communication
- Thorough explanation of their actions
- Ability to speak their mind
- Bonding with parents\teachers
- Sudoku (Puzzle Game)
Sudoku is a favourite for many who love to meddle around with logic and numbers. The game features 9 by 9 grids and the goal is to align each column with each row. So the numbers remain between 1-9. One of the reasons this game is famous among people of all ages is that it challenges the brain. With some teachers helping their students increase their mathematical abilities with the help of this puzzle.
- Chess (Board & Mobile Game)
Chess is a classic two-player board game. So, how does it fit in the narrative of school classes? As education experts argue, the benefits of Chess for students and teachers are often understated. Which does not only point towards it finessing the mental skill of the players, but also how it creates a sense of fellowship, healthy competition and a desire to do better. All in all, this game with a history of almost 1400 years is one of the best options for class teachers. Moreover, it comes in not only its original board-game shape, because it is also an option to play it as a mobile game these days.
- Puzzles (Mobile & Board)
There is a variety of puzzle games that teachers can employ for their students. Aside from the jigsaw puzzles that many teachers assign to their team of students, there is also Mahjong, Tetris and Hangman.
- Drawing (Digital & Sketch\Coloured)
For children of early ages, few other things bring them as much joy and benefit as colouring. While the classic combination of sketch-paper and colour pencils would always be the top priority, digital colouring and painting have helped many children grasp their inner artists. However, sketching and colouring are one of the earliest forms of artistic abilities that children develop. To target that, teachers can employ this game for not only children of smaller ages but for high-schoolers as well.
- Lumosity (Mobile Video Game)
Of all the educational games, Lumosity is the one that develops the most brain activity. Not only does it challenge the gamer\user with a variety of tasks and challenges, but also urges them to do better every time. While it is a game, it acts as a training program and helps keep your mind in solid shape. Furthermore, it is certified for all ages. So, this can help many teachers and students.
- Crosswords (Multiplayer)
Crossword is counted as one of the fun activities that teachers urge the students to do in their free time. The game acts as a puzzle, and it has a variety of categories. However, since the pandemic, not many are going to school. But that should not stop the crossword gaming, as it is available in various shapes and forms on both application stores.
Should teachers partake in these games or leave them to the students?
In many games, such as Sudoku and Chess, the teachers can help the students a lot by teaching them to be better. However, leaving the learning part to them in some cases might be a good idea.
Is Kahoot available specifically for schools?
Yes, it is. It is also hailed as one of the top games in the learning category. In fact, most schools in North America prefer it over others.
Should teachers employ mobile or board games, or both?
While encouraging too much usage of mobile phones might not bode well with some parents, it is advised to keep a healthy balance between the two. Employing each one wherever and whenever it is needed.