Educational Bingo

How the classic game can facilitate learning

The popularity of the classic bingo game has spanned continents, age brackets, and even genders—the demographics of players are both varied and diverse. People are fond of playing the game because it’s more winnable compared to the others; nearly 96% of all who played bingo ended up winning at least once, according to a Slideshare infographic. In the same presentation, it can be gleaned that the online variation has a bigger audience—there are fifty million who play online daily, and with this statistic 80% are women. The convenience of online gaming also allows multitasking for players; 83% of online bingo gamers are undertaking other tasks while playing.

Because of its popularity, professors and educators are trying to utilize the game by incorporating it with their teaching processes. This may also be due to the brain benefits of the game like improvement in concentration, mental dexterity, and faster hand-eye coordination. The invasion of bingo in the academe is not a novel concept, because it has been used as an effective tool to teach mathematics through Math Bingo. Even lessons outside the four corners of the classroom have been associated with the game—for instance, online platform FoxyBingo previously organized a Foxy’ll Fix It promo which offered free driving lessons. Currently, bingo is also the favorite activity for academic fundraisers.

bingo for learning
Educational bingo is an effective way to teach students because it fosters interaction as well. Bingo cards can be used by educators to instruct students about various subject matters by simply replacing the numbers with either pictures or concepts. It will also help if a reward system is in place. Southern Cross University published a paper delving into the idea of bingo as a game strategy for facilitating action learning, and the study was conducted in a sociology class for the students to understand sociological concepts. It was discovered that the teaching method which incorporated the bingo game was found to be both meaningful and enjoyable.

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