Back in the Fall or 2008, three classes of students at Cape Fear Middle School, the district where I work as an instructional technology coordinator, participated in a course called Virtual Math. In this course, we used an immersive, 3-D video game, Tabula Digita’s Dimension-M, to see if it enhanced students’ learning of pre-Algebra concepts. The course was a great success. We have since expanded the course to West Pender Middle and Topsail High.
Starting in January, UNCW has launched a study at both West Pender Middle and Cape Fear Middle to take a closer, more scientific look at the impact this game is having on students’ performance in mathematics.
This story has now been picked up, not only by our local Fox/NBC affiliate (which has a great video of the students), but has now been reported by a number of online websites as well:
- Researchers Study Effects of Educational Games on Math Achievement (THE Journal)
- The Serious Games Source has an article.
- Game Career Guide is reporting it.
- And, of course, UNCW has a press release.
Look for more news in the future as the results are published!