Explore the exciting world of education through gamification. See how and why it works on kids and adults for improved retention, knowledge, and more in this guest post from our friends at JoyTunes…
How many students have been scolded by parents to put their video game away and get their homework done?
It’s been a common household quarrel for decades, but kids across the globe are finally celebrating the new data that supports gamification as a means of advanced.
Check out how it’s being applied to students young and old who are learning to play the piano for the first time.
Gamification: What it is & Why it Works
Gamification is the process of utilizing gaming elements outside the standard gaming model to present an idea or achieve a goal. In the field of education, gamification is currently being used to help students learn better.
Jane McGonigal enlightens the world to the benefits of education through gamification in her TED Talk here:
In short, gamification techniques allow students to relate to the material and learning process in a whole new way, a way that is more engaging, interactive, attractive, and quite frankly, fun.
Kids and adults can tackle issues from new angles, relate to the assignment more personally, visualize the problem at hand, organize and compartmentalize tasks, and achieve success based on motivating factors that speak to the individual.
This is Your Brain, This is Your Brain on Gamification
Here are a few facts about gamification that might clue you into the popularity, efficacy, and power of this under-utilized educational tool:
- By 2015, the gamification industry is projected to exceed $2 billion dollars, while the projected rates are meant to reach $5.5 billion by 2018.
- Close to 80% of students unilaterally stated that a more game-like atmosphere would increase productivity.
- 89% of people polled liked the point system for upping their engagement during an eLearning app session. People enjoy the charge that comes from scoring points, out ranking others, and being able to measure their accomplishments with concrete numbers.
- Skill-based knowledge assessments increased 14%, factual knowledge went up 11%, and retention was even improved by 9% for adults who used eLearning tools with gamification.
- Of course, not all gamification methods work as well as others. Some less popular techniques for getting the job done (or in this case the lesson learned) included receiving virtual gifts, being part of a story, and avatars.
Learning to play the piano or any instrument is a challenge, no doubt. But mastering this beautiful art is easier, more manageable, and a lot more fun when you combine the strengths and incentives implied by gamification to your music lessons.
Innovative music apps, like JoyTunes, use gamification to help kids and adults learn to play an instrument faster. The principles are simple:
- Games make learning more fun: The piano lesson is taught in the form of a game.
- We all like earning points: Points are gained when scales are performed properly.
- Games require repetition: Repetition makes for good music incorporation and learning. Hence, games equal excellent musical training grounds.
Pretty smart, huh?
Give it a Try!
The infographic above tells the long story of gamification at a glance. The extent of this processing is yet to be discovered, but one thing can be said of gamification for sure: those who tap into this innovative method for teaching, learning, and training are guaranteed to see extraordinary results.
And those that don’t…well, they’ll just be left in the dark.