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Integrate Fun and Learning with Games

by rbeach on Mar.26, 2010, under Misc Articles, Online

 by: Steve Hall

Children are always up for a good game. Well, who isn’t? Pretend that you are back in school. For the rest of the class period you have two choices as to how you can spend your time. Option #1 is to struggle through endless arithmetic and English worksheets without any feedback except for a stamp that says “Great Job!” Option #2 is to work on the same arithmetic and English content, but on a computer. Yes, you can play a computer game to learn your numbers and verbs. Which option would you choose? Which option would children most likely choose? Option #2 of course!

Using computer software in education is not a new concept. Computer games have been used as a learning tool for the past two decades because they help students with basic skills, logic, problem solving, and various other academic skills. The Oregon Trail was a popular computer game in the 1980′s. This game helped students to work on their planning and problem solving skills. If you have ever played that game you might have realized that it was difficult to complete the trail. Everyone in my wagon always died of Cholera.

Parents and educators that are unfamiliar with computer game technology may automatically dismiss the use of computer games for learning. They view computer games as nothing but “shoot ‘em up” and mind numbing entertainment. As avid computer gamers we all know that they are way off base. Just think of all the problem solving, logic, and planning that goes into working on a team in a computer game, playing a puzzle, or figuring out a code.

There are computer games that are specifically based around educational learning standards. These games explicitly include counting, grammar, etc. They range from learning software that has a battery of tests to mimic standardized testing to fun, interactive learning games such as Caillou Magic Playhouse. This game allows a child to learn about numbers, patterns, spelling, phonics, and many other skills.

One advantage of using computer games in education is that the student is learning whether they realize it or not. Many children sigh when it is time to work on multiplication, but if you bring out a computer game – poof! They suddenly want to go through their multiplication tables. The computer game presents the same academic material, but makes it fun by integrating colorful animations and cool sounds. Plus, computer games allow for instant feedback and gratification. We have become a society that runs on instant gratification. A computer game can provide this feedback and it can also provide a means of competition. You will be stretched to find a student that wants to “beat” their worksheet, but a child who wants to beat a computer game? You will find them everywhere you look.

Computer games are advertised as forms of entertainment, which they most certainly are, but they are learning avenues as well. Gamers of all ages are learning every time they play a game. For example, there are games that work on your business skills. Games like Lemonade Tycoon and Mall Tycoon are prime examples. You are learning the skills to succeed in a business through simulation. Simulation is how many professionals acquire the skills for their occupation. Even though you are in a computerized environment, you can still come across many different business situations.

Computer software is here to stay. Email will one day override handwritten communication and perhaps games will take over traditional education. Granted games most likely will not take over traditional education, but they should become part of the educational experience. A child is learning while playing a computer game. Their memory and reaction time increases. They are sharpening various parts of their brain. The key is to play a mixture of games that range from pure entertainment to ones that are specifically designed for educational skill sets.

If your child or student is having trouble with math, English or any academic subject, set them up with a computer game. Their interest in learning will soar. Computer games can bring any student that is hesitant about school to learning whether they realize it or not. Computer games make learning fun.

About The Author

Steve Hall is a member of the GrandMatrix team. They provide a broad range of games, puzzles, articles and reviews. Read more articles, download and play the latest PC games for free plus enjoy thousands of user submitted puzzles, quizzes and word games at: http://www.grandmatrix.com

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Cafe World Secrets and Great Playing Tips

by admin on Mar.17, 2010, under Cafe World, Online

Cafe World is a great place to go to escape the rigors of everyday life. You have the opportunity to open your very own cafe and run a sucessful business. However, not everything in Cafe World is an escape from the ordinary. You still need money for just about everything you do. You have to buy the ingredients to cook, and you’ll even have to pay for all the stoves you plan to make your recipes with. These costs are easily managed of course because you’re serving and selling your food for more than it cost to make them. There are a lot of other items you can buy in Cafe World to decorate and build up your cafe, and you won’t be able to get these without some significant sums of cash.

Buying these items will also get you some much needed experience points to help you advance to the next level, so you’ll have to find a way to make sure you have enough money for all the discretionary items you want to buy. Earnings Per Hour Because you’ll be needing your coins for so much in Cafe World, you need to maximize the earning potential of your cafe. The best way to do this is to figure out which recipes pay out the most coins per hour. For example, spitfire roaster chicken cost 614 coins sell for 3200 coins and they take 1 day to cook earning you 2585 coins. Homestyle pot roast, on the other hand cost 1815 coins, takes 2 days to cook and sell for 5750 coins, earning you 3935 coins. That means, you’ll earn 108 coins per hour by cooking spitfire roaster chicken, while the homestyle potroast will only get you 81 coins per hour. This may seem like a small difference, but these small amounts can add up fast.
Of course, you won’t be getting your money’s worth unless you can cook food as soon as they’re ready and immediately make more on that stove. A Quick Turnaround If you’re not going to be able to get back to your cafe for 24 hours, you’re much better off cooking the homestyle roast. The longer you leave a dish after it’s done cooking, the less you’ll be getting per hour once you serve it. You can only make money fast on recipes that cook quickly if you’re going to be able to serve and remake as soon as they’re ready to serve. Make sure you take these details into consideration when you’re selecting your recipes, and you’ll be seeing your bank account swelling in no time.

If you’re having trouble getting a hang of the way of things in Cafe World, you’re not alone. I know of quite a few people who got into the game expecting it to be easy as pie and were quickly frustrated. In fact, I was one of them. So I went looking for a guide to help me master the restaurant life.

I actually tried quite a few of these guides, but not many of them had much helpful information to give. They were either designed for people who’d gotten all the way to the upper levels already, or they were severely outdated because of additions made to the game since they were released. Cafe Worlde is a relatively new game and is still in the Beta stage, so a lot of improvements have been made to it in a short time and many of the guides on the market have not been updated to account for these changes.

So I finally broke down and bought Cafe World Secrets. This guide has been released pretty recently, so it’s up to date on all of the latest advances in the game. I found it to be immensely helpful to me, and I was quickly raking in the coins and moving up in levels like you wouldn’t believe.

In addition to the helpful tips, Cafe World Secret also includes some handy charts and other resources that help you to compare recipes available and also helps you to plan out your spending and improvement strategies. I think you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was when you read this guide and put the tips in it to use on your cafe. I started to see results overnight almost. It’s definitely a guide worth checking out if you’re having trouble getting the hang of Cafe World, or if you just want to give your game an extra boost. Either way, you’ll be happy you tried it.

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Unlinited DSi Downloads

by rbeach on Mar.01, 2010, under Consoles, DSi

Are you looking for downloads for your DSi game console. How would you you like to not only be able to get all the games you wanted, but all the music, video, movies an more you can download also?

The Nintendo DSi hand held game console is quickly becoming one of the most popular hand held gaming consoles ever, and due to its extreme success. there is a big demand for DSi downloads. Looking for your favorite games? Well how would you like to be able to download all the games, music, and other downloads you wanted and then go back for more and many time as you like?

Once thought to be a clone of the Apple(r) restricted products model, it is apparent the Nintendo wants a bit more for there product, and has opened the DSi game consoles game programming to third party vendors. Now with third party game vendors creating games daily there has never been more games available for the DSi. Now it is possible to download all the games you want very inexpensively on your DSi. The days of expensive portable gaming are over and the DSi download revolution has began. Lean how to open you DSi to the world of unlimited downloads and fun.

The only problem is with being able to download DSi software is there is just so many sites to choose from, and so many bad ones to boot. What you need is a site that offers access to there vast libraries of downloads without limits so you can try out all you new found options and pick the best to keep. There are free DSi website out there but there is always a catch. From downloads with massive amount of advertisements, to down right spam, and even worse viruses, our never ending menace. What you need is unlimited access at a very attractive price.

I have found a site that will give you unlimited lifetime access to there DSi downloads library for less that the cost of one game. Imagine unlimited access all the best games, music, video and even moves for the rest of your life. Never to pay a subscription fee again. Sound good. Whell then check out this site right now. I know this will not last so do it right now, it is just a click away.

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