Jargon watch! Gameful learning is a thing. You’ll want to write that down and then start exploring ThoughtBox, a new educational software provider who plans on making apps and games that encourage students to explore and even love math and science. ThoughtBox was unveiled at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit and has announced their first app called Numerosity (iTunes Link).
What Is Gameful Learning?
ThoughtBox has a simple and quick description of what gameful learning is. Excerpts are below:
From the moment they are born, children learn through play and experimentation. However, when they start school they are expected to trust, learn and apply rules and facts that other people teach them. Gameful learning places players back in the driving seat, allowing them to progress at their own pace and discover information and rules by themselves.
Subjects such as Math and Science are very important in our day to day lives: they foster strategic and critical thinking while Games unleash creativity and teach their players how to question and not take everything for granted.
We believe that Gameful Learning shouldn’t be about “sugar-coating broccoli”, it should be about trust and respect. We don’t try to trick players into learning by using games. Our products are first of all about Math and Science… which are tough, but we trust our players to figure them out.
Let’s teach our children how to rise to the challenge of mastering Math and Science through the power of games. Let’s show our children that Math and Science can be loved.
What Is Numerosity?
It’s their first app that focuses on developing a love for math and equations. Perhaps they should check out the useful Symbolab equation search engine too! A bit more about Numerosity:
- Positive reinforcement.
- Levels that allow the player to build on their previous success.
- Recognizing math is a game challenging the player with increasingly difficult puzzles.
- Friendly competition.
- Realizing “I can do this!” by starting from simple concepts and gradually building up.
NOTE: There are in-app purchases in the Numerosity app.