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The Lightneer Mission

March 21, 2016

Here’s the deal. Innumerable people in the world struggle with learning and understanding. Education is broken: according to recent research, 25% of school kids are bored to death and almost 50% of them have no understanding of why they go to school. Our educational systems are not well equipped to deal with the learning challenges set […]

The Best Learning Games: Roundup

March 20, 2016

In the recent series of blog posts, I listed some of the best learning games I’ve come across from the hundreds or thousands of titles I have tried and tested. Here’s a quick roundup of the best games for easy reference. The Best Learning Games: Overview The Best Learning Games: Math The Best Learning Games: Reading, […]

The Best Learning Games, Part 5: Other Games

In this last piece in the series on the best learning games, I’m listing games that fall outside the previous categories of math, language and preschool games. This includes games addressing biology, geography, astronomy, physics, music and so forth – in other words, a quite wide variety of topics found in schools and educational institutions. These games range from being […]

The Best Learning Games, Part 4: Preschoolers

In the previous posts in this series on the best learning games, I listed some of the best math and language related games. In this post, I take a look at games intended primarily for preschoolers. This is an interesting target group for learning games, given that designing good games for young children is notoriously hard. It is, as the […]

The Best Learning Games, Part 3: Reading, Languages and Coding

Reading skills are the other over-represented category in learning games, in addition to math. This is, in a sense, a good thing, given that reading is the #1 skill we need for extensive learning to happen. I’ve often thought that reading skills (both elementary reading and more advanced skills like media literacy) are actually a kind […]

The Best Learning Games, Part 2: Math

There are probably two categories that are over-represented in learning games: basic math and elementary reading. Of course, this should come as no surprise as these are the two most important skills and learning metaskills we have. While many math games are simply variations of drilling math with a cute animal on top, there are […]

The Best Learning Games, Part 1

There are two major challenges for the learning game industry. First, a great learning game is really hard to make. Simply put, a great game is really hard to make. And with a great learning game, you need in addition to figure out a way to make a game that has pedagogic value – without […]

Bridging the Attention Gap

Schools have an increasing challenge in keeping up students’ attention. While Finland scores at the top of pretty much any education evaluation, even in Finland we have pretty big challenges for schoolwork. In a recent research it was found out that 25% of Finnish elementary schoolers suffer from bore-out, whereas one half of them have […]