Can Video Games Improve Learning?

When we talk about the video games, an image of couch potatoes, teenage quarrels, scolding and a lot of crazy activities come to our mind. For most of the people, the video gaming hampers the brain growth of the children and make them less attentive and lazy. Has anyone ever thought of the positive side of it? It can be a real trailblazing when taken up in moderation and with an optimistic approach. Video games can be used as a teaching tool to strengthen the learning. These games train the brain to think quick, build a few qualities and develop intellectual skills that improve the learning efficacy in the children.

 

 

Let’s take a look at the advantages of the video games in improving learning outcomes for kids.

  • Games like Cityville gives the aim to complete various targets in a defined time period.  At any given point of time, players have to build the city and maintain the welfare of the citizens. Player(s) need to manage the finances and upgrade the activities. Such tasks incorporate the accounting and strategic planning skills in the children. A child’s interest in such games shows his aspirations in economics, engineering, designing, etc.

  • Most multi-players games require a coordinated action to achieve the goal collectively or players have to compete against each other to finish the stage. It tests the social responsibility and team spirit of the child. Such games encourage harmonized communication among the peers and refine the child as a social person. While competing against another player, kids experience the virtual competition, which promotes the urge to excel and the spirit of winning.

  • NFS, car racing and other games that are based on speed and time, advance the integrity of the visual reflections and mental command. A child with such skills greatly reduces his/her reaction time and becomes a better performer with quick thinking and disciplined working.

  • Games encourage introspection and enhance self-worth in children. Away from the sight and instructions of parents, the child performs at an individual level. It makes them more responsible for the actions and the decisions they make.  They take up challenges and a victory in those activities boosts their confidence. On the other hand, losing the same challenge prepare them for critical thinking and re-evaluation of the previous actions. Altogether, a child becomes a good decision maker and a fine analyst.

  • Just as examinations, games also provides instructions in the beginning to direct the player about the working of the system. Gradually, it becomes a practice for the child to read the instructions and move forward accordingly. This help them increase the grasping and analyzing powers and makes them concentrate more on their studies.

  • Some virtual quizzes and tests give a detailed analysis of the child’s performance. The data helps in finding the weaker section, as well as the strengths of the child, which help identify the possible steps can be taken to work on the problem areas. It is an effective tool for both the parents and teachers to understand the difficulties faced by the children that retard his/her performance.

  • Games also have a calming effect on the mind. It keeps the child away from the stressful environment and inculcates the positivity. It boosts the concentration, sharpens the mental ability and also maintains the physical well-being. It is basically a bi-directional learning. It brings the play and work at balance.

  • Games also improve the reading, technical and problem-solving skills. Educational games also develop spatial thinking and enhances mental coordination. It makes the entire learning process easy and entertaining for the children.

we have only listed some very basic advantages of video games to help you clear your mental block. There are many others to explore.

We, as parents, should definitely encourage our children to occasionally spend some time on video games, but make sure that this doesn’t become an addiction for them. We need to make sure that a child is not spending too much of his/her playtime on a video game. Excess of anything has a deleterious effect, so as this. We need to make sure that we know the boundaries well and keep our kids healthy and safe.

Let your children learn in a playful mood and gain wisdom!

 

 


Taking Sessions on Mobile Made Amazing!

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As a part of our resolution 2016, to bring in the Best Experience in Live Online Teaching-Learning for our students, we have completely re-thought the session space on Vedantu app. Here’s what our new app update brings to you:

A completely new mobile session experience

A bigger whiteboarding space, concise and intuitive chat and audio calling and improved aesthetics will surely make you enjoy taking sessions on your Android devices.

Pinch to zoom in and out

Zoom in and Zoom out at your will. This new feature will make sure you never miss on the nitty-gritties of the concept while your teacher explains them on the whiteboard. Also, you can write while on zoomed-in mode and then zoom-out to see the coherent pic of the entire whiteboard.

Draw & move shapes on whiteboard

With this newly added feature, you can explain your doubts better to your teacher while taking the session. You can choose from various geometric shapes available on your toolbar to explain your doubts or even create a flowchart!

Use ‘Try Whiteboard‘ feature to get yourself accustomed to the new whiteboard before you actually get into a LIVE session with your teacher on your Android device.
One more thing, If you use have used Facebook or Google to signup on Vedantu, you can now directly login to Vedantu App by clicking Facebook and Google buttons. This would ensure you don’t have to remember all those login details.
We’d like all of you to use these features rigorously and share your honest feedback with us at Vedantu. We’ll surely work upon them to make these features more robust. Don’t hesitate to share your feedback at mobile-support@vedantu.com

Learn On the Go – Take LIVE Sessions on Mobile!

 

We have all seen how the Internet changed the way we teach and learn. It came as a boon for the students and enabled them to learn things with a little help and explore the unreachable. What do you think the impact will be when your personal teacher can teach you right on our Android device? When you’ll be able to take a LIVE personalized online tuition session from your mobile device even when you are away from your PC and enjoying a sleepover at a friend’s house. Wouldn’t it be revolutionary?

That’s exactly what ‘Mobile Team’ at Vedantu was working on all this while. We have created a first of its kind, two-way, real-time audio and data communication system for your Android devices.  This would allow students & teachers to receive and deliver learning sessions seamlessly over a mobile device respectively. This is a step towards making the entire teaching-learning experience even more personalized and pleasant.

The new feature is well integrated into our already-live Vedantu App and comes with some add-on

Along with giving you freedom to take LIVE sessions anytime and anywhere (yes, we are talking literally here :)), the improved app will also offer –

  • In-app reminder notifications before the start of each session on mobile
  • Best mobile experience on all screen sizes (be it tablets, phablets or mobile)
  • Seamless performance, even on low-end devices
  • Smoother interactions over audio communication and whiteboard

We are sure, it can’t get any convenient & simpler than this; all you have to do is follow these 3 simple steps –

1 – Download the Vedantu App from Google Play Store

Vedantu's App in Play Store

You can download Vedantu app from Play Store. If you have it downloaded to your Android already, all you have to do is – update the app to use all the new functionalities.

2- Go to ‘My Sessions’ section

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You can choose the ‘My sessions’ section from the main menu to see the active and upcoming sessions. While the upcoming sessions will show the scheduled date for the session, a scheduled active session will have a ‘Join Now’ option.

3 – Join the Session & Learn

 

Live Session on Mobile

A Glimpse of Whiteboard in Use

You can start a scheduled session with your personal teacher at vedantu with just a click on ‘Join Now’ button. You can communicate via audio and use the whiteboard both for sharing your doubts and understanding the concept your teacher will be teaching. The best part is, you can now upload pictures directly on the whiteboard while in the LIVE session.

Here is a Video that makes understanding the process super easy.

We encourage all of you to take the sessions on your Android devices and share the feedback, we’ll be all ears for suggestions.