Experts on digital culture believe that game playing and the reward structures of video games improve players’ confidence and make them more willing to take on difficult tasks in the virtual world.
For students, this means educational video games can motivate them to work hard, and engage in more and more challenging academic tasks, in pursuit of reward and reinforcement.
Edugaming programs like Stride Academy reward the brain in several ways:
Measurement & Awareness.
Throughout the program, a student’s experience is measured in multiple ways, in multiple data points. The student is always aware of the coins in his coin bank, the Star Points he has accrued over time, and the badges he has secured in each of the different video games.
This means the student is constantly aware of his forward movement and progress — and this builds confidence and motivation for him to keep mastering skills to access the games!
Multiple Achievable Goals.
Throughout the edugaming program, there are multiple long and short term goals for the student. He first needs to finish reading a literary passage to reach the related skill assessment questions. He needs to answer the first question correctly to earn a coin. He needs to answer more questions correctly to earn enough coins to play a game. He needs to play one game turn in order to earn Star Points and a badge (if he can!) He needs to repeat this process to climb the high score rankings in his class and the grade-level leaderboards. Multiple, achievable goals build ambition and momentum to learn.
Help & Feedback.
There is no punishment for trying. If a student doesn’t succeed on the first attempt at a question, problem or game, they get more chances — and they receive help. They are willing to try again and to meet the challenge of increasingly difficult academic tasks because they know that help and explanation are readily available.
Finally, the program provides the emotional reward of a social connection with peers. Students enjoy doing things with their peers — they enjoy sharing experiences with them and competing with peers. Stride Academy video games give them a break from learning to have this social connection, and we believe the fun of this connection can easily carry on outside of the classroom environment.
Stride Academy video games constantly reward a student’s accomplishments through coins, points and badges — creating an ever-present awareness of their personal progress and MOTIVATION to do more!! Meanwhile, teachers can monitor their academic progress on critical skill sets in Math, Reading and Science. That’s how Stride Academy games reward the brain!
This month, we’ve added two new games to our growing, unrivaled collection. We have many more planned for Winter 2014. Be sure to check them out!