A lively academic debate exists on the use of games in formal education. Pedagogic/cognitive sciences promote the use of games in class, because these instructional media are considered to have positive effects on affective and cognitive learning. However, according to
EduGIS, the GIS portal for education in the Netherlands, has won the Societal Geo-Innovation Award 2009. EduGIS was chosen as the best from a selection of 24 projects.