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3 major benefits of gamification in education

What exactly is “gamification”, and how does it help your child learn? In this blog post, we explore some of the major benefits of gamification in education.

What is “Gamification”?

Gamification is a technique which designers use to insert gameplay elements in non-gaming settings, so they enhance user engagement with a product or service. By weaving suitably fun features such as leaderboards and badges into an existing system, designers tap users’ intrinsic motivations so they enjoy using it more.

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Essentially, Gamification is the use of “game”-like features in education. You might be wondering, i already have a hard time trying to get my kid to stay away from playing video-games, but now he is encouraged to do so when he is learning? As counter-intuitive as it may seem, allow us to share 3 benefits that Gamification can bring to one’s educational journey.

1. Increased children engagement

It is difficult for one to learn effectively if he/she does not actively engage during class. In traditional teaching methods, most children do not have an incentive or drive to answer or ask questions. Gamification allows children to interact with the teacher, and motivates them to participate in class. This makes the learning process more interactive and thus increases the child’s ability to learn more effectively.

2. Faster knowledge absorption

How many times has the following situation happened to you? Listened to the teacher during class and felt like you understood what he/she taught, but as soon as you leave the classroom, it all goes back to the teacher. This happens not because one didn’t learn, but rather did not absorb the knowledge in an efficient manner. Gamification helps to resolve this issue by helping the student “download” information in a fun and interactive manner. By doing so, it allows the student to retain information efficiently because they enjoyed to process by which they learned that particular topic.

3. More motivated through friendly competition​

Many people are motivated by competition, especially us “kiasu” Singaporeans. Part of playing games is the inherent element of competition. By participating in some friendly competition, children may be motivated to “compete” with their peers. This helps to boost the above 2 points, engagement and a more efficient way of knowledge absorption.

That’s it for this week’s article! Remember, Gamification is not just getting children to play games, but just one of the methods to make learning more fun and interactive! LingoAce lessons actively includes gamification in our coursewares and lessons, so that our lessons are interactive and students can learn the Chinese language effectively! What are some of the simple gamification tips you use while teaching your own child? Let us know in the comments down below, or share them on our LingoAce Facebook page! Till next time.

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At LingoAce, we believe in providing every child a meaningful and memorable experience as they learn because learning Chinese is more than just learning the language. Find out more about how we can be fun and effective in learning the Mandarin Chinese language.

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