How can games support classroom practice?

Study examines common game features and analyzes how useful those features are to teachers

games-teachersA new study reveals that scoring systems and player progress dashboards are among common game traits that can help educators more effectively track student learning, but game design must improve to help inform teachers about the link between student play and academic gains.

The study, the second in a series about games in the classroom, comes from the A-GAMES project, a collaboration between the University of Michigan and New York University that studies how teachers use digital games to support student learning and formative assessment.

For this study, researchers focused on the common features game share, rather than the effectiveness of individual games. The report highlights each feature and focuses on the benefits and potential drawbacks of each.

Researchers focused on the information game features give teachers and where those game features might improve to become more effective.

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Laura Ascione

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