Say No to Stress of Assessment with Digital Games

Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, July 24, 2019

By taking into account the possible benefits of using digital games in evaluation, it is vital for educators to start testing and integrating games in their curriculum.

FREMONT, CA: A new technology tool deals with a lot of skepticism from teachers and parents alike, and digital games are viewed as no different. The term game appears to add to educators’ fear of the technology affecting their students’ instruction. Nevertheless, as digital games continue to demonstrate their motivation in children towards learning, they will also be used to seize the stress out of assessment for students and teachers.

Low-Stress Assessments for Teachers

Assessments can be stressful for teachers when they have to make an evaluation, which gives them the required information to assist their students. Besides, educators also have to get their students ready academically and emotionally for external assessment, whose outcome may affect their jobs.

One way games can help teachers is by getting to know the students so that educators can get a better idea of the pupil’s knowledge. Teachers may find it challenging to build a truly adaptive and differentiated assessment, but digital games take on the task and make it possible. Adaptive learning refers to no child being lost in the shuffle and that he/ she is challenged at every level, which keeps them engaged in their learning process. The method thereby helps teachers to focus their complete attention on responding to the evaluation results.

Using Evaluation to Encourage Students

Game-based evaluation equally benefits students. Playing a game gives pupils a sense of achievement along with instant feedback access, which is not the case with the conventional assessment. When children master a skill or complete a level successfully, they immediately are notified, which drives their motivation towards learning. Progress indicators and rewards are more significant and inspiring for many students than the grades.

The drive for instruction is particularly crucial for rote learning. Many people feel that it is no longer required to teach typing in a computer class, but a lot of students don’t know how to type efficiently. Also, games help children to conquer the boredom that can creep while learning how to type by initiating rewards and fun.

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