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Game-Based Benefits At All Ages

by George Lorenzo

EdSurge

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Digital Game-Based Learning in Higher Ed Moves Beyond the Hype

Students in Art Goldberg’s English composition classes at Miami-Dade College and Broward College have a different experience than their peers in most introductory college writing courses. They’re role-playing as junior staff writers in a fictional newsroom, creating content for an upcoming broadcast—all within a digital game that aims to make learning grammar more engaging than memorizing Strunk and White.

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Applied Learning Drives Engagement

The ability to move beyond theory to practice is important for engaging students and for ensuring that they are prepared to step into future work roles. Digital game-based learning shows promise here in ways that can both help approximate real-world experiences and provide incentives for boosted engagement. How could you incorporate this type of applied learning in your classrooms?

When students have an opportunity to apply what they learn they are better engaged with the material and retain more of what they learn. In addition, for older students, this type of applied learning can help them determine the types of jobs that might—or might not—fit with their interests and aptitudes. There are a wide range of games, apps and activities available as outlined in this piece. Hands-on applied learning in both universities and K-12 is here to stay, leaping forward in a digital age to help better prepare students for future careers.

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