When I think of gaming, I think about setting up my old Nintendo to play the original Mario Brothers or using the old Microsoft computer in school to play Number Munchers during a break in keyboarding. However, technology has grown quite a bit since 1997.
Thanks to the Internet, technological advances and the creativity of software engineers, students can play games either single or multiplayer with children throughout the world, both at home and at school. Sites such as Khan Academy or Cool Math Games could be incorporated into the class curriculum to enhance 3rd Grade Mathematics.
According to Rutherford, “Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning” (2015).
Additionally, gaming in school motivates students to learn. It encourages strategic mathematical thinking and supports computational fluency. It enhances drill & practice, while making assessment and curriculum adjustment more precise for the teacher. Last, parents can partake in their children’s Math education at home, encouraging extra practice.
Rutherofrd, k. (2015). Why play math games?. VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).