As an educator we are constantly pursuing ways to engage and motivate our students. An exciting way to appeal to the Millennial generation is through games.
This TED video featuring Tom Chatfield discusses the powerful connection between our brains and the format of games. As highlighted by Dan Pink in A Whole New Mind, the aptitude of Play can open a multi-billion dollar industry to our students.
So why do people continue to spend so much of their time and money in a virtual world of games? According to Chatfield it is due to the fact that games work hand-in-hand with our brain’s preferred method of learning and rewards.
So as teachers we should take heed. If we want our students to learn, we must incorporate some form of gaming into our classrooms.