NTC’s Professional Educators Network Weighs in Regarding Digital Games as Effective STEM Tools for their Classroom
Recently, NTC surveyed its Professional Educators Network (PEN) – a community of over 8,000 classroom educators– to gain insight into the use of educational digital games in the classroom. PEN members know better than anyone how digital technologies can be used to inspire students and teach important subjects in a memorable way. Our PEN Report on Digital Games strives to understand where the future of digital technology in the classroom is headed, along with the specific benefits of digital games and how they might be used to engage students in STEM subjects and careers.
Since 1978, NTC has visited thousands of K-12 schools each year, forming meaningful, long-lasting connections with students and teachers throughout the country. With this vast network of passionate, creative educators on our team, we realized we had the opportunity to gain important insights and feedback from those with firsthand experience. Hence, the Professional Educators Network was born in 2014, providing a platform for teachers everywhere to help improve our ever-expanding library of educational resources and provide advice and direction to our clients.
We at NTC know that a creative in-school STEAM program can only truly excel when it’s accompanied by detailed follow-up evaluation. The quantifiable results gleaned from teacher evaluations allow us to continually improve our educational offerings, while more in-depth surveys like the PEN Report on Digital Games enable us to dig deep into the cutting-edge innovations and future trends of K-12 learning.
While a lot of recent research has extolled the educational and emotional impact that digital games can have on students, we wanted to find out for ourselves by asking the source. It turns out PEN members had a lot of passionate opinions on the subject, including some of the following takeaways:
- The majority of teachers claim that digital games would be an effective and inspirational way to teach STEM subjects and careers
- Many teachers already use digital technologies in the classroom, with that trend expected to increase or remain at a high rate over the next several years. Most teachers who do not currently use digital games in the classroom say that they would if they were provided for free by outside organizations or by their school
- The benefits of digital games for students range from the social-emotional skills required to solve problems to the ability to apply knowledge in a formative, constructive way
Many more revelations can be found in our PEN Report on Digital Games, offered by the educators that use them most frequently. Dive in to discover why digital games are at the forefront of engaging K-12 students in STEM disciplines.
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