The Stride Academy™ Gaming to Learn platform is the perfect choice -- and the students' choice -- for integrating gaming technology into your curriculum. The #1 Gaming to Learn solution ( .according to students!) for 13 years running, Stride Academy offers both short-form and long-form game selections:
A History (and Future) of Gaming to Learn
Everywhere that they can, students will eagerly play games. From the beginning of our lives, playing games is a fundamental way in which we all learn and thrive. Games, the rewards at stake, and the lively spirit of competition also help us to build gratifying relationships with everyone else involved in the fun. Research shows that relationships are key to reaching and positively impacting struggling learners, so games are a natural fit for motivating these students. Oddly, somewhere between preschool and primary school, games have all but disappeared from learning in the school setting -- until recently.
Emerging research shows that using games as an educational tool can foster deeper learning than traditional teaching methods alone. To integrate gaming into learning is not a matter of "dumbing down" curriculum. In fact, modern learning games are proving to be highly challenging and constructive for students, as they:
Give students a brief mental release from learning to have some fun, and the minutes right after the brain break become incredibly valuable. When students have a chance to clear their heads with short-form games, their concentration is renewed for tackling the next challenging academic task.
Stride Academy short-form games are easy to access, addictive for students and fit neatly into short blocks of instructional time. Short-form games may focus on brief simulations (such as Snowboarding or Rugby), practice (counting and matching in PopRush), performing drills (keyboarding in Z-type), or skill refinement (logic in The Eraser and LunchBug).
Our rapidly growing suite of short-form game selections gives students numerous choices for how they spend their brain breaks, accounting for all types of student interests through genres like arcade, puzzles, sports, logic and action games.
Stride Academy short-form games deliver short brain breaks to renew concentration and energize learning.
Long-form game selections involve lengthier game play, and the mechanics of the game are are essential to the learning experience. For example, a student learns statistics and trajectory through applying fundamental mechanics and techniques from the game of basketball.
Long-form games enable immersive learning experiences where students can explore and interact in multiple-path role playing scenarios. The result is not just the teaching of math or science concepts, but also the development of valuable 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and communication. Where the extended game play of long-form games may not always fit into shorter instructional blocks within the structured school day, these games can be ideal for homework, flipped learning and blended learning classroom models.
Why is game-based learning so good at motivating students to be persistent in their work? The best learning games are not just engaging. They also match a student's mission in the game with their current level of ability, or on the verge of what they are capable of, so they can accomplish the task at hand and be successful. Meanwhile, constant positive feedback within the game drives them to persist. So while a student may have to try hard to complete a task and "level up" in the game, the combination of continuous feedback and an achievable feat propels the player to stick with a problem as long as it takes.
Game-based learning environments offer a dynamic network where learners have many opportunities to make choices and to interact, two key drivers for sustainable student engagement. Stride Academy's reward system of coins, star points, game badges, skill badges and avatars account for students' diverse motivations and satisfy their needs to convey individual accomplishments in different ways. Meanwhile, leaderboards and competitions provide a common ground for building impactful relationships with other players and peers, a proven motivator for struggling learners.
Avatars and leaderboards give opportunities for self-expression and interaction.
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