Last updated on September 20th, 2021 at 06:35 pm
Online gaming is a massive industry. Believe it or not, it is several times larger than the movie market. The educational gaming market is huge, and it may even rival the size of the educational publishing and tutoring market. Why are educational games so popular? There are many reasons. Let’s talk about four of the biggest advantages of using online educational games.
Online Educational Games Are Often the More Affordable Option
It is almost always cheaper to pay for an online educational game that teaches math, reading or language skills. If you pay for access to a site that offers a wide range of games, you’ll save money versus the cost of paying for apps on an individual basis. You’ll almost certainly pay less for online games hosted on a website than physical games, since the company doesn’t have to produce and ship physical items to you or to the store where you buy them.
Online Educational Games Offers Schedule Flexibility
Apps and learning websites allow your child to work on lessons when it fits your schedule. They might practice math facts after returning home from practice. Or they may practice their vocabulary on Saturday night when there would be no tutoring sessions available. You can access these educational games online on almost any device no matter where you are. This means that your child may be able to play educational games while sitting in the car or in the doctor’s office. By contrast, it is hard to bring flash cards along and keep up with them. And you probably can’t set up educational board games and puzzles in public places.
The Games May Be Dual-Purpose
Some kids’ games are even educational. I’m talking about games that on the surface don’t appear to be “educational.” There are games that may teach math skills because children need to count out money and pay for things within the game. There are games that teach literacy skills, because children need to read to play the game. For example, board games that require you to read action cards require kids to read. Business games may teach math skills and allow them to learn about business in general
This is why it makes sense to use dual-purpose games as educational games. And, your children may be more willing to play these kinds of games, because it doesn’t feel like they’re being sent to tutoring or told they are supposed to be learning.
There’s a Wide Selection of Online Educational Games
The beauty of the internet is that there is a ton of options, whether you want to buy physical items or play online. The internet lowers the barrier to entry for new players. This doesn’t just keep the cost of educational software, apps and websites low. It also makes it possible for many niche products to come to market. This is why you can find educational options even if your child is studying a niche subject or has unusual educational needs.
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