Hi Poonam ,
Your query calls for an affirmation because from my own experience learning is actually more fun when it is based on games.
If we look at the nature of small children for them the essence is play .
Play when structured and objective oriented with focused learning outcomes becomes Activity Based Learning giving a progressive development of the child's learning.
Games are fundamental to learning whatever be the approach as Games leads to the development of Thinking, Social and Emotional skills.
Games are engaging, interesting as they challenge the player with different levels of Problem solving.
There is critical thinking in making the right moves. It engages the Human mind and eventually brings a sense of complete satisfaction when you win the game.
If you dont win you keep trying to achieve. Besides looking at games in isolation , it is time for all of us to look at the learning that can be taken from Games
. I am an ardent player of games like Angry Birds, it has a great relation to angle elevation ( Physics) every time you take a shot.
Look at Candy Crush , the very essence of learning by patterns (Mathematics )and finding sequences, sorting is there in Candy crush. You must have experienced the thrill when you strike with a Candy Bomb. To add to it the thrill of your personal satisfaction in a self paced learning! ( Emotional Skills, Self Esteem ,Confidence)
That is growth ! If at my age I enjoy all these games ,there is need to engage our young learners to learn through and with gaming.Have you played the Maze Game . Play it and say what approach to learning it is related with . See you next time
Meshing games based and project based learning can be the best of both worlds if implemented with fidelity. Projects should be structured to support the curriculum with authentic tasks and focused on higher order thinking. The activities should engage students in research and analyzing the data to make predictions. Rubrics should be created and students should be encouraged to provide thoughtful responses when responding to gaming activities.