Educational Technology

February 22, 2011

Educational gaming gains ground in Texas

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by School CIO

Schools in the Plano Independent School District have joined hundreds of other schools across the state in using immersive educational video games to help teach mathematics and raise academic achievement scores on high stakes tests. Plano ISD has added Tabula Digita’s futuristic mathematics series DimensionM, part of DimensionU™ Learning System, into its PowerMath remediation program targeting more than 800 students in 13 middle schools. In doing so, Plano joins a growing number of Texas districts, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Arlington, Spring, Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Garland Independent School Districts, that are embracing game play as an effective teaching tool.“We need our students to decidedly sharpen their mathematics skills and raise academic achievement levels on state mandated accountability tests,” said Jim Wohlgehagen, Ph.D., secondary mathematics coordinator, Plano ISD. “We are excited to help them achieve their full potential by giving them rich, standards-aligned content in an intriguing format that is compelling and relevant to today’s ‘screenage’ learners.”

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