Kids learn through fun! That’s why all EdAlive online learning websites are rich in activities that create a positive engaging environment that motivates students to learn.
One of the best ways to learn is to associate fun with the things we need to learn. Fun can also reduce stress in the learning environment, helping us to better focus on what is to be learnt and not on the distractions.
EdAlive online learning websites powerfully integrate immediate positive reinforcement and the fun of success. This means that the essential (intrinsic) nature of the experience is fun, leading to engagement. Each small success is then amplified through a variety of cumulative achievement rewards and a clear sense of academic progress.
The educational content used in all EdAlive online learning integrates fun to motivate and engage students.
At EdAlive we embed the intrinsic reward of learning in an engaging extrinsic (external) framework. The fun is built right into the educational content in the form of humour, quirky characters, clever word plays, engaging facts and intriguing information. The activities are then embedded in a wide variety of engaging games and entertaining scenarios. The whole effect is to immerse the learner in an environment that harnesses the demonstrated educational advantages of play to enhance learning.
Most of the EdAlive Online Learning websites feature real-time, interactive, multiplayer games that increase motivation and engagement through social interaction with others. The educational content for each player is regulated by the inbuilt adaptive learning systems that ensure that each player is completing educational content at their own level. This means that the relative ability of each player is immaterial to the game allowing students of varying stages and abilities to compete on a level playing field.
Research published in New Scientist demonstrates that there is a beneficial link between fun in the classroom and the development of authentic learning and long-term memory. Educational psychologists are in agreement that students learn and retain more information when the learning is associated with strong positive emotion. It has been established that when students are engaged and motivated and feel minimal stress, information flows freely through the affective filter in the amygdala and they achieve higher levels of cognition, make connections, and experience fun learning. Such learning comes not from quiet classrooms and directed lectures, but from classrooms with an atmosphere of enjoyment and discovery.
Play is important because it provides children with a foundation for learning, exploring, problem-solving, and building an understanding of the world and their role within it. As children interact with others through play, they develop an understanding of social expectations and rules and begin to understand and process their emotions. When a child loses a game, for example, they learn to process sadness, anger, and grief. Play also helps build confidence and encourages the development of their identity and self-esteem.
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