Tuesday, February 16, 2016

WeTech Chat #1: The Argument for Games

The scenario is all too familiar:

While a parent is trying to get some task done (whether it be shopping, talking to another adult, cooking, etc.) a child is given a phone or tablet to keep them quiet. Their eyes are normally fixated on one of three types of apps: a video app, a coloring app, or a game.

This is the age we live in and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

While we see many parents giving their children a game to distract them it is becoming more and more common to give a child an educational game to play over traditional educational toys. Video games have been shown to enhance problem solving skills in children in various studies and they are also a wonderful opportunity for bonding. Playing a game with a child and working together with them to help them in those tough spots could help them learn to work in a group and developing social skills and problem solving skills earlier on will give them an advantage when they enter school. When giving your child a game to play, sit and watch them play and perhaps play with them as if it were a board game night with the whole family so you can watch their progress. They’ll be even more excited to finish a puzzle or figure out a tough spot with you there to cheer them on.

Games are just as much for girls as they are boys despite what we see because it has been found that girls are playing games and are nearly matching the amount of boys that play games. So not only are games good for helping your child’s development they’ve also grown to be for everyone. And while it’s easy to use games as a distraction like a video, we can see that video games overall aid in development for a child’s problem solving abilities just like a hands-on activity can.

However, this does not mean it is fine to only let a child play games but use it as a supplement to their early education. WeVillage also cares about aiding in the development of a child and is planning on bringing in an interactive game by EyeClick. The system, called Beam™, will projects various games onto the floor and as a child interacts with the projection, the image reacts to it. Beam™ has a large catalog of games both for pure play and education and we’re excited to add it to our educational toolset.

If you've played educational games with your child, please let us know what your favorites are below!

This is the first in a series that will be posted about technology and children. If you enjoy this topic please let us know! We always appreciate feedback.

More about EyeClick's Beam™ technology can be found on their website.

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