Learning through game-play has been a rising trend since the early 90s. Once computers were introduced to K-12 schools, education software companies began producing computer games focused on providing students with meaningful learning experiences through gaming.
The most popular educational games of the 1990s certainly seem “old school” now, as graphics look blurry and boxy, and seem to move slowly. Furthermore, many of these games were stored on a CD-ROM and had to be downloaded onto the computer, which could take up to an hour to complete.
In comparison to current educational games, the games many of us remember playing in our elementary school computer lab may seem boring to today’s K-12 students. With the rapid advancement of technology, current educational games offer crystal clear graphics and many more features than those from the 90s.
Educational games today include various challenges, unique premises and, most importantly, a plethora of learning opportunities. Many games are available in app form as well, allowing students to continue to play and learn on their own digital devices outside of class.
While educational games the 90s may not seem as engaging and exciting as current games, they provided the framework for many of the most popular educational games of today.
Click through the following slideshow to take a trip down memory lane and learn about how games have advanced from the 90s to now, and how they have helped improve learning.