On Monday, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s largest nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization, announced the winner of the ETS Assessment Games Challenge, a competition for game developers and educators to create K–12 math assessments in the form of computer games and mobile apps.
The Grand Prize went to Equations Squared, a browser-based equations-balancing game for fifth through ninth grade math students. Players earn points in the game by solving math equations. The more complex and interesting the equation, the higher a player’s score. Students who demonstrate high levels of learning are awarded merit badges. Students earning low scores earn demerits, which indicate where they may be struggling.
The creator of the app, Paul Gestwicki, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Ball State University who works on games, fun, and learning. He dedicated his summer to creating Equations Squared, and for the last few years has been working on other educational games with Ball State students and faculty members.
Professor Gestwicki shares his challenge experience over on his blog: detailing how Equations Squared was coded, and why he decided to spend his summer creating. It’s a great read. Check it out, then explore Equations Squared, a fun-filled rendition of the modern day math test.
By SamanthaOct 2 Comments
Game developers, designers, and educators: the Educational Testing Service (ETS) invites you to participate in the ETS Assessment Games Challenge, a competition to create a math assessment task in the form of a game. Specifically, the goal of the challenge is to create games that test students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in K-12 mathematics.
Assessment games should be based on Learning Progressions in some field of K-12 math. You may supply your own progression, or use one of those provided by ETS. (If you have no idea what a Learning Progression is, or where to find one, check out this helpful guide.)
One Grand Prize winner will receive $7,000, the opportunity to meet with the Vice President of Research at ETS, and an all-expenses-paid trip to showcase the winning project at an ETS Learning and Games demo space in Princeton, N.J. Three runners-up will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton and will meet with the VP of Research.
You have approximately one month left to enter — the submission deadline is August 18. Get started on your K-12 math assessment task today!
More news on educational gamification:
Why Education Needs to Get Its Game On [Mashable]
An Inspirational Teacher’s Story of Making Learning Fun [The Gamification Corporation]
Math teacher uses gamification to help at-risk students succeed [Go Venture Oasis]
By MeganJul 24 Comments
Video games and apps have enormous potential to fundamentally change the way people view standardized testing. The days are gone of children having to sit down with a paper and pencil to take a test.
- Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, Associate Research Scientist at ETS
Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s largest nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization, just launched the ETS Assessment Games Challenge, a competition that invites emerging and experienced game developers, designers, and educators in the U.S. to develop a K–12 math assessment task in the form of a game.
So what could a modern day math test look like? Tell us your ideas, access materials and Learning Progressions to help build your game, and register to enter at ETSGamesChallenge.com.
One grand prize winner will receive $7,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to showcase the winning project in a learning and games demo space at ETS in Princeton, N.J. Additionally, the winner will have the opportunity to discuss the ideas behind the entry with the Vice President of Research at ETS. Three runners-up will also receive all-expenses-paid tips to showcase the winning project in the demo space and meet with the VP of Research.
The submission period is open from now until August 18, 2012. Get started today!
By SamanthaMay 1 Comments