We understand that education can be good for us; yet, we don’t always see the value of entertainment. We assume on some occasions it will keep our attention, sometimes make us think, yet so many other times we primarily hope it will just help us relax. As much as we may appreciate any of these outcomes many are using entertainment to tackle real world problems. Yes, supposedly mindless entertainment can have some useful effects but for some reason we believe entertainment will be even more constructive when it is used in an educational setting. Not a new word, the definition of a “mash-up” of the two words edutainment is defined as:
“Edutainment: Entertainment (as by games, films, or shows) that is designed to be educational ” http://www.merriam-webster.com
Here are some examples of these educational forms at work yet let us also review the problems this work frequently responds to.
Problem #1: If math comprehension wasn’t a difficult enough challenge for some, many children of recent immigrants have to overcome doing it while learning a second language. What educational program can make this challenge easier to overcome?
According to Psychology Today…
“Matthew Peterson is an extremely smart person who as a child struggled with dyslexia and the way he was taught in the traditional school system—a system that focuses on words and numbers.
He overcame his early struggle to go on to earn undergraduate degrees in biology, electrical engineering, and Chinese language and literature and a doctorate in neuroscience. He is currently the chief technical officer and senior scientist at the MIND Research Institute.” 
Diminishing the U.S. based foreign language aspect of math instruction Peterson has helped reduce a common obstacle for learning. One of the online e-learning solutions he helped develop was “teaching-without-words” instructional software .
Problem #2: Ex-offenders sometimes have trouble re-entering civil society after completing mandatory prison terms. Barred from receiving student loans to go to college some find themselves frustrated because businesses are sometimes wary of hiring people with troubled pasts. What educational programs could diminish this inequality in corporal punishment?
Training is sometimes perceived as a solution for challenging social conditions. But it still takes innovative and thoughtful professionals to make these opportunities available. Wealth and family finance management professional Jerry Kemp of Kemp and Associates is just that kind of professional.
Influenced by Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow Law” Jerry and other co-founders created “Texto Online Silent Auctions.” Offering the incentive of profit sharing agreements, Kemp has hired and trained many ex-offenders to promote, manage and collect material to sell for the online auction site.
What’s the entertainment tie in?
So far many of the items sold on line happen to be sports and entertainment memorabilia. Expect that a Texto office will be raised in Hollywood or in a location near you in the very near future.
Problem #3: Unlike the past, today students expect digital media in all their communications activities? Unfortunately so many traditional educational opportunities rely on old media like books, handouts, and blackboards to help students learn. What educational programs can bring educational lessons into the present?
Predicting a number of future educational trends, Noodle .org predicted that (GBL) or game based learning is likely to acquire far more fans than in the recent past . If for no other reason student attention needs to be focused to grasp difficult subjects . Designing for a range of different game systems, researchers, and innovators in this educational media point a wide variety of media paths to promote student learning.
Growing in number, there may be as many educational opportunities as there are entertainment options; we may one day see our entertainment vehicles as useful as our local schools and universities. A sure advancement over previously isolated environments of training, instruction, and entertainment, this sharing trend may multiply many of the benefits in the areas of interpersonal improvement, advancement and exploration as well.