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7 ways video games engage the brain

Tom Chatfield: The 7 ways that video games engage the brain

I watched the above video and found it very interesting. Tom came up with seven ways that video games help to engage the brain. If I could figure out a way to implement these 7 ways into my math teaching, then maybe more students would be excited and more interested in math work.

The seven ways are:
1. Experience bars measuring progress
2. Multiple and long term and short term aims
3. Rewards for effort
4. Rapid, frequent, clear feedback
5. An element of uncertainy
6. Windows of enhanced attention
7. Other people!

There were a couple of these that really stood out to me. The first was number 5. He talked about how we all like rewards but when we don’t know for sure what the reward is, our brains get excited and more interested in what is going on. The second one that stood out was 7. Everyone likes to have praise from their peers and others around them. It is really what makes us all tick. Video games allow people to immediate post or show others how well they are doing. It also allows people to ask others for help and teamwork is engaged to complete a task or goal. One thing that is lacking in classrooms nowadays is the teamwork and praise from those around each other.

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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Other


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