Online Educational Games In The New Millennium

The future of higher education will involve:

A) The same traditional classroom structure we’ve had for hundreds of years;

B) It does not matter- dolphins will take over the earth;

C) Robots will teach us all; or

D) The use of interactive software in combination with distance learning to supplement current programs

Okay, so you probably don’t think that artificial intelligence will advance so rapidly that robots will become our primary teachers and you probably don’t even think dolphins will take over the earth! What you might be aware of is that the internet is changing the way that education is being administered. You may have taken a distance-ed course or you may have even taken a class that came with a nifty little software package that let you work with the material.

The problem, however, is that not all subjects can be administered through a computer. Sure, one could argue that programs such as accounting, history, or statistics could be completely learned from a distance. After all, these subjects do not necessarily require any face-to-face interaction, but what about programs that do? Clearly, learning a language without face-to-face interaction would be like training for a marathon by running on a treadmill. Marketing and communication programs require face-to-face interactions so that students can learn to make persuasive arguments and presentations. All of the science labs require the presence of students. After all, how many of you would want a doctor that had only practiced on a virtual human. So if the computer cannot solve all our educational needs, what is the answer?

The answer is an integrated approach. If you are anything like this author, you learn 100 times better when you are engaged in the material. Thus, a really well done CD or internet site with interactive games and quizzes will force the students to interact with the material. This distance learning approach must be used as a supplement to traditional classroom methods as it cannot be a substitute for team building, face-to-face questions and answers, or building oral communication skills. All that said, many things currently done in the classroom can be moved online. Group discussions and question sessions can be accomplished via forums and chat sessions, certain scientific concepts learned in lab can be learned through interactive video, and even certain grammar basics of languages can be learned through interactive voice recognition software.

In high school and even some college courses, I was bored out of my mind as long-winded, verbose (yes, that was redundant on purpose) lecturers would go on and on about historical battles or the biochemistry translation process. At the time, I just figured such subjects were inherently boring. After all, how excited could one get about the battle of 1812 or the process by which proteins are formulated? But as I grew older, I became interested in things that I thought I disliked! A movie or an interesting article might turn me on to a subject I previously thought was about as interesting as paint drying. What the heck was going on? I was more engaged in the subject matter, that’s what! And so my crystal ball tells me that even though professors may be going nowhere, fun, educational, interactive games- well, they’re coming!

The Advantages in Using Online Educational Games

There are plenty of games to choose from online but they are not all made with the same quality or purpose. Despite the great desire of people to get a lot of entertainment out of these games, many are not stimulating for other parts of the brain other than the reflexes or by planning strategies for winning them. However there is a new trend moving toward online educational games and these have many distinct advantages to them.

Free Tutoring

There are some children that are left behind in the school system but they aren’t really noticed. It is not that they aren’t good children but they need some extra instruction. With online educational games, this extra instruction can be obtained without having to pay a tutor. Paying someone is expensive but the extra direction is sometimes very necessary. With all of the games that are online every topic can be located and the child can then be guided through there trouble spots.

Extra Challenges

Sometimes children have trouble in school because they are not challenged enough. With online educational games, these children can get the challenge that they need. They can choose their own levels and stimulate their brain as needed to keep them from getting bored. This not only helps to keep the child active and to keep them challenged but it will help them out later in life as well.

Practice during the Holidays

The holidays are times when students tend to forget what they have been taught. Using these games, they can not only remember what they have learned but also practice the skills as well. There are games for math, science, language and so many other topics that any child can practice any topic.

Taking Advantage of the Free Games

It is important to get a child the extra help that they need whether it’s because they need to catch up or they need the challenge or they need to the practice. These games can be the perfect solution for any of these reasons.

Party Games For Girls

Party Games for girls are fun so make sure you plan a lot of them. Young girls always enjoy playing especially at a birthday celebration. Match the play to your party theme and make your party planning easier than ever.

What is your party theme? If it is a Princess party plan on some fun with a royal twist. Pin the Tiara on the Princess, Find the Kings Ransom, Royal Ball Freeze Dance are only a few of the princess theme fun ideas you can use to entertain your young guests. Dress Up is another fun ideas to use at your Princess celebration.

Is Pink Skull Pirates your theme? Girly games are really fun for a pirate party. Find the Royal Treasure and of course, since it is a pirate theme, X marks the spot. Treasure Hunts are fun no matter what you call them. Get some lady buccaneer clothing, two of each article, and have a Pirate Dress Up Relay Race. A manicure really isn’t a party game, but the girls at a Pink Skull Pirate party will enjoy it anyway.

A Ladybug party theme has some really cute party supplies to match. You can have simple fun like Pin the Spots on the Ladybug or you can get a Ladybug pinata…a pull string model for the girls to play. Play musical party fun like Musical Ladybugs. Get some red pieces of paper and mark each with some black spots. Stick these papers on the floor, one less piece of paper than there are players and start the music. Each round as one contestant is eliminated take away one more piece of paper. When the music stops anyone who is not on a paper is out.

Sleepover party games are fun for girls…hey, you can plan another manicure here…even though we know it is an activity it still counts as fun. There are some really fun party ideas for girls you can play at a sleepover. Try some charades, movie trivia or let everyone play dress up. Girls love to play dress up games. Get out the gowns and the boas Mom.

Party Games for girls are easy to come up with. When you decide your party theme just think of fun ways to play with it. Your daughter and her friends will have fun being girls and playing games. So whether it’s a Princess, a Pirate, a Ladybug or a Sleepover party, you will have just hosted a great girls party!