Posted by: bobnoe | April 29, 2009

Virginia DOE Supports Gaming in Schools

Several districts around the country have purchased electronic games and others are piloting them for learning outcomes. Virginia is the only statewide system that has endorsed the concept to pilot games for the state. They are piloting the popular game DimensionM as talked about in the article! from THE Journal.  

Neither Jared or I have reviewed this game and we would appreciate anyone making some comments on this if they have used it in the classroom or have played it

Virginia DOE Pilots Immersive Gaming Statewide

The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology has recently announced a pilot program using Tabula Digita’s immersive educational video game, DimensionM.

The state’s eight superintendent study groups will be represented in the pilot, slated to run from February through May. Following current research findings, the program will gauge the games effectiveness in several key areas, including:

  • Active critical learning;
  • Intellectual risk-taking;
  • Individual achievement; and
  • Practice of core concepts.

“This technology represents a cutting-edge resource for educators looking to enthuse, capture, and retain the attention of today’s digitally-motivated students,” said Tammy McGraw, director of educational technology for the Virginia Department of Education, in a prepared statement. “We are anxious to observe how schools integrate this immersive educational technology as a collaborative learning and teaching tool.”

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