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Computer games can improve maths skills

93% say games website made maths more enjoyable

Computer games can improve school children's maths skills, says Mangahigh.com.

The gaming website, which offers games that use maths skills outlined in the national curriculum, conducted a 12 week trial of children from 12 Scottish schools, in conjunction with Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Mangahigh revealed that on average scores in maths tests improved by 13 percnet after using the gaming website, while 93 percent of students admitted they would enjoy maths more if computer games were used to teach it.

Algebra Meltdown is one of the games on Mangahigh.com that requires maths skills

Furthermore, more than two thirds (68 percent) of the children in the trial said they wanted to improve their maths skills in a bid to do better in the games on Mangahigh.

Meanwhile, over half of teachers said they thought the students were more likely to make progress with maths when using the games compared to traditional teaching methods.

"Most students were actively engaged when using Mangahigh and able to overcome some problems that I don't think they would have persevered with so much if it were a paper based exercise they were doing" said one teacher at a school involved in the trial.

Derek Robertson, from Learning and Teaching Scotland, said: "Games-based programmes have proved to be extremely useful educational tools that engage and stimulate both teachers and learners."

"It is essential that we use all the resources available to us to ensure that our pupils develop successfully in a highly computer-literate society."

See also: Brain training games don't work, finds BBC study

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