So Technology is always updating itself, something new last month is so old right now because we are always trying to improve what we already have. Why not look back and remember the old interactive games? The same games I grew up on, those were the best. I played all those JumpStart Interactive Games and found them challenging and got me ready for my next year of school. I remember playing Math Blaster and JumpStart all the way up until 5th grade. All those games prepared kids for what they would encounter next year at school, plus they engaged kids with a mission and had fun learning at the same time.
What if we were to bring these Games back into the Classroom?
Certain games can go along with certain curriculum's, whichever the Teacher wants to emphasize, for example My friend is creating a thematic unit on Communities. If she wanted the kids to create their own community she could have the kids play "Sims Town". That way the kids can design and create their own communities and each of them would have to learn what certain communities need to have like schools, police stations, post offices and so on. For history, Amazon trail so the kids can learn about the variety of animals living in the Amazon, they can learn about the people and tribes within the Amazon, how to navigate a map and river systems and the Teacher could also cover who the Inca People were in History.
I think using Learning Interactive Games like Reader Blaster, Amazon Trail and the old JumpStart games in the classroom can engage the kids and keep them learning while trying to beat the game. I am sure those same Computer People have created new computer games for the newest generation of kids to continue learning from, all I am saying is; "Hey why not update the old games so the kids today can enjoy the same educational games their Teachers grew up on too."
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