There’s a lot of buzz these days about home assistive devices, like Amazon Echo and Google Home. But did you know that these tools can serve as assistive technology (AT) for kids with various learning and communication challenges?
For example, these devices are being used to help with spelling, sounding out words, solving basic math problems, and supporting kids to stay on schedule. You and your child can work together to see what could be of assistance and explore various fun games as well. While this is a new technology, coming up with ways to help you and your child in the home might be very interesting.
Student and Family Support Services, Celebrate the Children
What is Gamify? Gamify is when you transform your classroom and/or activities into a game. It isn't all about just fun- games can be about finding solutions to serious problems!
Have you ever thought of how a video game can be brought into the classrooms as an educational aid? Balancing the time students play board or video games requires monitoring, but some reassurance can come in when one realizes that there are studies that show games, both video and board games, can be educational. Adopting old-school games such as scrabble helps with vocabulary and spelling, while bingo helps with visual scanning and social-skills. Video games such as Rollercoaster Tycoon teaches supply and demand and microeconomics. Civilization, another video game, teaches about history and economics. Chess is a great game to teach problem solving, risk, and reward. One thing they all teach is hand-eye coordination. There are many ways to gamify your classroom. Have fun playing!
Kevin Guldner, Teacher, Celebrate the Children
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