What the F is this? It’s neither Educational nor Entertainment, it’s just a whole load of bollocks. You should either give your children books to read where there are long words and proper sentences and paragraphs, or you give them a game that just improves hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.
Says our friend Steven from gamesrant.com, a games blog, and I must add -could anybody be so wrong?!
Edutainment has changed many peoples lifes. And a great example is the same promoted in Steven’s article, the same one that tries to ridiculize edutainment: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing.
I can assure at least 80% of American readers that have gone to high-school in the last 10 years have used this software. They made me use it in Middle-School.
For you other guys and girls that don’t know what is it, it’s one of the best and most enjoyful ways of learning to fast typing. Let’s face it: today, having good typing skills is a requirement and I don’t see how could anyone practice typing without a piece of software. Well, yes you could say that you could practice copying letters to the computer and checking if they are ok, but let’s be real, that’s really damn boring.
Typing software (like Mavis) provides you games that make you learn how to type. Examples?! Space invaders where you need to type the correct keys in order to kill the ‘invaders’, or a race car game where you speed up your car by typing the correct keys. Entertainment is not all about ames, the key point is motivation.This type of software have all types of reports about your performance, stats, and diplomas when you reach certain high-scores. The idea is that learning is made fun through a motivating process where one can cuantify his achievements. It’s not all about playing, it’s also about taking to account how much one has advanced in his skills, and that can’t be done as well if one were to just copy letters in word to practice typing. Could you measure the words per minute you are typing? What about words per minute error free? Ohh… You typed like a speed demon and then realized that you missed all keys?! Well that shouldn’t happen, and most of the times, this edutainment tools -yes they are tools- can save us a lot of frustration.
Going back to our old friend Steve, I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes, nor worse in his children’s:
When I have kids, I’m not wasting money on that – I’m going to teach them like parents did in the old days. I acknowledge that having fun whilst learning is more effective than solely learning stuff, but I’m not going to sit there and watch my kids play with edutainment with it’s patronising female (more likely than not as they are considered to be more calming and clearly spoken) voice telling them “Well done!! You click on the blue square! Yay for you!” Never, ever, in a million years. And I’ll divorce my wife if she makes me buy anything of the sort, or if she goes out and gets it herself – sodding, she can have the child if it’s going to be trained up with an electronic voice. Gaaah!
Learning to cope with new technologies and accepting changes is the key in improving in our proffesional and personal skills.
Until next time!
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