Many teachers struggle to smoothly incorporate games into lessons due to time and logistical issues, yet see game-based learning (GBL) as a way to engage students and appeal to diverse learning styles.
Research has continuously shown such advantages. For example, video games stimulate an increase in midbrain dopamine to help store and recall information, according to a 2014 article in the journal of Learning, Media and Technology.
But when admins and teachers don’t seamlessly introduce a game, students may be slow to adopt it and reap these benefits.
Along with examples of games and a condensed guide you can download for your desk, here are five steps to integrating game-based learning into your classroom:
- Determine the Purpose of Game-Based Learning
- Play the Game Yourself, Making Sure It Is Aligned with Learning Goals
- Ensure It Meets Expectations from Parents
- Dedicate Time to Consistent In-Class Play
- Assess Progress Throughout Play, Informing Instruction