In an article, posted on TeachThought, game-based learning was referred to as “hidden learning.” I have always been an advocate of teaching without my students being consciously aware that they are learning. I believe that this approach is the best and most effective kind of learning. Sometimes the mere fact of knowing we MUST learn affects the learning process as a whole.
A survey released in 2012 studied the effectiveness of game-based learning by surveying more than 300 classroom teachers. The results were released on an online education portal called We Are Teachers.
· 81 percent believed game-based learning creates a more engaging environment for the students.
· 68 percent believed that game-based learning actually aids learning in social skills.
· 65 percent believed game-based learning helps in the development of problem-solving skills.
· 20 percent believe in game-based learning so much so that they dedicate more than half of their classroom time to it.
In my own personal experience, I find game-based learning to be an incredible tool to engage my students in the difficult subject area of music theory. I am a firm believer in making learning fun. What better way to do so than through an outlet that both children and adults deem fun!
Boyle, J. (2013). Game-based learning is probably worth looking into. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/technology/game-based-learning-is-probably-worth-looking-into/
“What Do Teachers Think of Game-Based Learning?.” We Are Teachers. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. <http://www.weareteachers.com/community/blogs/weareteachersblog/blog-wat/2012/11/27/what-do-teachers-think-of-game-based-learning->.