Students’ Wish List

SHAILA on January 24, 2013

You may have heard your teen use terms like open ended resources, educational games and simulation when they speak about their classes. Not sure what it exactly means? Here’s a quick rundown for you.   

Open Ended Resources (OER)

These resources work on the principle that knowledge is for sharing. Khan Academy and Open Course Ware Consortium are a few examples.

OER consists of full courses, course related articles, streaming videos, text books, tests, in short everything that relates to the subject that’s dealt with. Your teen can use this to understand the topic to some extent, but they cannot expect to earn a degree or get academic credit from them.

OER is becoming a popular alternative now-a-days for children who are on the margins of or not challenged enough by the education system. One study shows that there is a 38% increase in the number of students who are asking their educators to include it as a regular learning tool.

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Educational Games

Typically, you ask your children to stop playing and get back to the routine. They would have listened to you, but with great reluctance. Turn the table around by setting them up with educational games.

Educational games have a basic storyline; this engages your children into learning through play. They can either challenge themselves or their friends. In this process, they learn while they enjoy playing, and pick up other skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, etc. They are getting the best of both worlds and it could be a win-win situation.   

Educational based games along with simulation have caught student’s fancy. In 2012 there was a 40% increase in the number of students who wanted this as an educational tool.

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 ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,’ has become ‘When work becomes play, Jack turns a bright boy!’ As corny as that sounds, it is true today.