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Get Active, Get Smart: The Exergaming Revolution in Schools

Get Active, Get Smart: The Exergaming Revolution in Schools

To better understand the evolving landscape of technology and physical activity for young Londoners, we sat down with Trevor Mills from Exergame, a long-standing partner of London Sport and a leader in interactive sports technology. 

What is Exergaming?  

The modern classroom has evolved to incorporate interactive technology and dynamic learning experiences, and one exciting addition to this transformation is Exergaming. Exergames combine exercise and gaming, creating a unique and engaging platform for learning. We’re seeing a growing trend of exergaming because more and more people know understand it’s key benefits.  

Why should schools be thinking more about exergaming?  

Exergaming provides students with an opportunity to be physically active while having fun. Regular physical activity is vital for a child’s overall health, and exergaming makes exercise enjoyable! By incorporating these games into the curriculum, schools can promote active lifestyles from a young age, reducing the risk of childhood obesity and related health issues. 

Exergames are not just about moving; they also stimulate cognitive development. Some of these games require strategic thinking, problem-solving, and quick decision-making. Students are engaged in an intellectually stimulating environment while having a blast. This helps improve their memory, concentration, and analytical skills. 

What are some of the other key benefits for children? 

Exergaming encourages social interaction and teamwork. For example, Blazepods and iDance products can be played in groups, fostering communication, cooperation, and collaboration among students. These experiences help children develop crucial interpersonal skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. 

One of the other great advantages of exergaming is its ability to motivate and engage students. When learning is transformed into a game, students are more eager to participate and show increased enthusiasm for their studies. This motivation can lead to better attendance, improved focus, and ultimately, enhanced academic performance. 

Are technologies like these going to be seen more in schools in the future?  

Absolutely! Exergames bridge the gap between education and technology. In today’s digital age, it’s crucial for students to become tech-savvy. Products like tWall and iDance leverage technology to create immersive experiences. As children interact with these tools, they gain valuable technological skills that are becoming increasingly important in the 21st century. 

Exergaming in schools is revolutionising the way children learn and grow. It seamlessly blends physical activity and intellectual engagement. Products like Multiball, Blazepods, tWall, and iDance also offer innovative ways to make education enjoyable and active. By embracing exergaming, schools can motivate students, promote physical health, enhance cognitive skills, and foster teamwork, all while preparing them for the technology-driven future. The Exergame revolution is here to stay, and it’s shaping the future of education. 

To find out more about London Sport and Exergame, please visit: London Sport & Exergame – London Sport 

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