Educational Technology

May 26, 2014

Study shows kids learn Algebra in hours playing Dragonbox game

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Trista Bridges, Rude Baguette

DragonBox Algebra is a game designed specifically to tech algebra. It presents the player with whimsical icons that need to be manipulated until the ‘DragonBox,’ representing the unknown variable, is isolated on one side of the game board. When they start playing, the student generally doesn’t realize that they are already learning basic principles of algebra such as balancing an equation. Through the course of play, these icons are gradually replaced with numbers and variables until the player is solving real equations. In the study, an adaptive version of the game was developed in conjunction with the Center for Game Science to get participating students focused on one goal: solving hundreds of thousands of equations.

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