The Mirror is reporting that gaming requires the player to solve a series of puzzles before moving to the next level – allowing them to apply and sharpen skills learned at school
The study by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia found that students who often use chat sites or Facebook were more likely to fall behind in maths, reading and science. Yet pupils who play online video games tended to perform better in school, it found.
Students are thought to be able to “apply and sharpen” skills learned in school because gaming requires the player to solve a series of puzzles before moving to the next level, the report’s author, Associate Professor Alberto Posso, said.
Prof Posso, from RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, said: “Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points above the average in science.
“When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day.
“Teachers should consider incorporating popular video games into teaching – so long as they’re not violent ones.”
“Students who are regularly on social media are, of course, losing time that could be spent on study – but it may also indicate that they are struggling with maths, reading and science and are going online to socialise instead.”
Do you agree that online games help you solve puzzles and therefore improve maths skills? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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