“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw
Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia play the piano together in the classic comedy from the 80s, “Big” .
What is The Learning Game?
The Learning Game is about promoting learning activities, with a special focus on learning games. Learning can be a fun and empowering activity for people of all ages. We focus in educational games and in all games and activities that help exercice skills like memory, creativity, strategic thinking, etc.
The goals of this website are two: 1. To increase the use of games as a different and complementary learning media, 2. To contribute to the current conversation about education and its/our needs by making learning as a more enjoyable activity. And we aim to do so in an economically sustainable way.
On one hand, educational games are often seen more as a toy rather than anything else, but games can be much more. They can be a learning tool, they can trigger interests, life hobbies, they can be motivators, they contribute to healthy social interactions, they can help improving skills like memory, creativity, patience, communication…
We put a special focus in 3D (3 dimension) games rather than 2D (screens). This is so because 3D and social interaction cannot be totally encapsuled in a screen. 2D games can complement 3D learning, but never replace it as it is not the same experience.
On the other hand, we believe that learning itself could be, should be, more enjoyable. For example like learning to play an instrument, that would be a good example of enjoyable learning.
Behind all this there is an awareness of the importance of education. In world crises we hear a lot about helping out people, communties, countries, etc. We believe the real help is to make people autonomous: teaching them how to fish is better than giving them fish, so to speak. Following this belief, The Learning Game commits 5% of its earnings to Educateurs Sans Frontières: “Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF), a division of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), is a network of Montessori practitioners, working with communities, governments and other partners to advance human development from the prenatal stage to early childhood care and education, continuing through to elementary, adolescence, adulthood and the elderly. “
Who is The Learning Game?
My name is Ferran Rabasa. I am a spaniard from Barcelona based in Paris. For the moment I work with freelancers that contribute to create interesting content and with wholesalers regarding the games. Gradually, and hopefully quite soon, the team will grow and we will gradually switch to working directly with game manufacturers.
The website will also evolve gradually. We just started so right now you will find a shop with an expanding variety of games, a listing of online learning courses and materials, a short DIY Games & Learning Tools section and a blog.
To get updates about new posts, game reviews and new features added to our website you can subscribe to our newsletter or check our facebook page
Feel free to join us in this project. You can follow us in facebook, twitter, or send us your feedback, comments, suggestions or whatever you have in mind, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also give your input and ideas regarding DIY games in the comment section of the DIY Games page or sending an email to email@example.com
Keep playing, keep learning, keep young.