In classrooms throughout Scotland a range of game based technologies are now being used to help make teaching and learning experiences within Curriculum for Excellence challenging, demanding and appealing.
The vibrant and dynamic world of the computer game and its impacts on learning and teaching in Scottish schools is an area of development that Education Scotland is committed to exploring, promoting and developing further. Education Scotland wants to create opportunities and frameworks to explore how game based learning can impact positively on teaching and learning.
Games and learning
Research is beginning to suggest that computer games can help to stimulate a successful learning environment and provide motivational learning contexts that suit many learners. They also provide an opportunity to develop communities in which learners have a sense of ownership over what they do.
Computer games encourage self-reliance and self-determination in terms of a learner’s ability to make progress within a demanding but incrementally staged environment. They also help them to appreciate that the skills necessary for success in games, such as problem solving and critical thinking, can have relevance in other curricular areas and other social contexts such as study or work. They also create an implicit and explicit understanding that as a learner on our own we can be good but as a learner in a connected team we can be much better.
Since 2006 Education Scotland's game based learning initiative, The Consolarium, has been working with teachers across Scotland to explore the benefits of game based learning.
Find out more about the Consolarium.