Educational software has become an important part of learning at every level, providing alternate forms of learning that can be very effective for children who do not learn as well in traditional classrooms. These “edutainment” games make learning fun, by giving children activities that keep them on their toes, while imparting knowledge, or helping them practice their concepts better. Some of these games even have lasting appeal through generations. A famous game released back in the 1970s, Oregon Trail, which was meant to show children the hardships suffered by the pioneers settling the Wild West, is still famous even today, and it is still very possible to obtain copies of the game, which is even played by adults who fondly remember the game from when they were younger. Similarly, products just as the Jumpstreet series had a variety of mathematical, verbal and logical games that incorporated learning into a story, which makes things very exciting for children. Computer gaming can be a very important part of the learning process, letting the child indulge in many activities and ideas that children may not otherwise have access to.
An advantage that educational software gives is a concrete sense of progression. Getting a reward is fun. Being able to learn science by performing little experiments is fun. A concept like the alphabet can be challenging in the abstract, but mixing it up with a game—like having to pop bubbles that have the right alphabet corresponding to a sound? That is fun. Even games not explicitly said to be educational can be learning experiences, as children are called on to solve problems or think strategically, which is beneficial for developing their ability to think laterally.
Another great benefit is that most popular software involves characters from their favourite tv shows. Characters like Dora the Explorer are everywhere, and it can make things more immersive for children when they get to play with the same characters they like so much. Furthermore, there is no barrier to age. Children of all ages and even parents can benefit from educational software. There are numerous programs that teach foreign languages, or can help adults improve their typing or reasoning skills. Pilots use plane simulators to prepare themselves for actually flying for example. These games keep your logical, memorization, and verbal skills sharp without seeming like a chore, and are beneficial to a vast audience. Of course, it is not enough to just rely on these games, and it is very important that adults also guide children alongside them, but they can be a very powerful learning supplement from a very young age.