Edutainment = Education + Entertainment.
This is the simple formula, but there is much more to it than these three words.
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Edutainment has been used for thousands of years.
Aristotle’s school in Ancient Greece was called the Peripatetic school, or ‘walking school,’ because the students would walk among the columns as they talked.
His teacher Plato advised, ‘Exciting stories have to be told to teach valuable lessons.’
Before the written word, oral history passed on lessons and education from generation to generation. The education was packaged in mythic fables and legendary stories, which is the very definition of Edutainment.
Edutainment keeps kids interested in the subject.
By adding a component of entertainment into children’s education, we can keep them engaged and interested.
Tell me, and I forget.
Teach me, and I may remember.
Involve me, and I will learn.
Any lesson can be boring or exciting, depending on the creativity of the teacher, and the interest of the students. Any subject can be entertaining, if it is taught with Edutainment in mind.
By using Edutainment as an active component of the classroom, teachers are able to keep children focused on the lessons and eager to learn more.
EarthCapades has seen great success with edutainment
Our environmental themed school assemblies help students learn about science and environmental issues in a digestible way.
Because we incorporate California State Science Standards, the time the students spend out of the classroom for our assemblies is still productive learning time.
EarthCapades’ assembly was one of the best I’ve seen in years. There was a perfect balance of entertainment and message.
Sister Beverly Policastro
Principal, Catholic Primary School
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Edutainment is not just ‘TV learning.’
Opponents claim that Edutainment is just entertainment with a bit of education thrown in for flavor. We strongly disagree with this stance, and we’ve got some great reasons why.
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