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Does Math Matter?. Yes, it does!. Today’s Agenda. Introduction Why Gaming? How you can integrate gaming into your classes Demonstration of game and game elements Why do I need to know math? It’s been a long time since I took Algebra! How can I possibly use games with math in my classroom? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Does Math Matter?Yes, it does!

  • Todays AgendaIntroductionWhy Gaming?How you can integrate gaming into your classesDemonstration of game and game elementsWhy do I need to know math?Its been a long time since I took Algebra!How can I possibly use games with math in my classroom?Planning

  • Grant InitiativeAwarded in January, 2007Partnership between ECSD and UWFSupport/EvaluationCareer and Technical EducatorsInformation Technology ExpertsInstructional Technologists/DesignersFaculty: Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Instructional TechnologyStudents: Computer Science, Instructional Technology, Middle School Testers

  • Whats it all about?Aligning Standards to ContentPromoting Career EducationSupporting Math PerformanceMotivating Students to Pursue Advanced Math StudiesImplementing Innovative Instructional StrategiesUsing Technology to Engage Students

  • Aligning Standards to ContentMath 7-8 Grade Algebra StandardsCareer Standards

  • Promoting Career EducationKnowledge is PowerOpportunitiesJob RequirementsAcademic RequirementsWorkforce Development Partnerships

  • Supporting Math PerformanceAligned to FCAT Math StandardsPracticePracticePracticeRelevanceFun

  • Motivating Students to Pursue MathRelevance of Math to careersHow is math used in careers?Answer the question: Why do I need to know Algebra?

  • Implementing Innovative Instructional StrategiesUsing instructional materials aligned to standardsBuilding exciting learning environmentsDeveloping learning communitiesPresenting content in different waysMeeting students where they are

  • Using Technology to Engage StudentsDevelopskills used in the workplace (problem-solving, troubleshooting)collaborative skillsresearch, planning, and organizational skillspresentation and speaking skillsSynthesize and analyze complex contentExpress ideas in creative ways

  • Youll be asked WHY GAMING?Students learn best when they are entertained and can use their own creative skills (Carlson, 2003)Motivation, communication, problem solving, teamwork, creativity (Jenkins, 2003; Morton, 1998; Tews, 2001)Fun helps to make learning enjoyable, compelling, and effective (Prensky, 2001)Competition is creative and enjoyable (Akilli, 2006)Intrinsic motivation self-regulation (Reiber, 1996)Increases motivation and eagerness for learning (Malone, 1987)Fantasy increases enthusiasm (Malone, 1987)Interactive feedback (Gredler, 1994; Prensky, 2001; Reiber, 1996)Engross learner, focus and reward (Prensky, 2001)Models use of gaming in the real world (Gee, 2005; Prensky, 2001)Complex problem solving skill practice, involving manipulation of patterns and objectives (Pivec, Dziabenko & Shinnerl, 2003; Jenkins, 2003)

  • Why now? Why in CTE?In 2007, high school freshmen must declare major7-8 grade students participate in CTE classes to introduce them to the 16 career clusters and individual careersShowcase importance of math in careers promoting advanced math studiedContinue efforts to improve math performance

  • What about assessment?Games are introductory/exploratory, but

    student strengths and weaknesses in math and career content knowledge can be determined through program reports available for each student

  • Game ElementsDirect InstructionCareer IntroductionPlayer BiographiesJob AidsSummaries3 LevelsExpert InteractionVideo VignettesNon-Playing CharactersEnrichmentCareer Information PortalSupplemental Instructional Strategies (WebQuests, Games, Websites with Career Information and Teacher Lesson Plans)Trading Cards

  • Career Clusters CoveredArchitecture and ConstructionFinance, Business Management, and AdministrationHealth ScienceInformation TechnologyLaw, Public Safety and SecuritySTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • Introducing the games ProvidersSustainersOutbreak UnknownTowers of Zahlen

  • ProvidersMembers of an elite group called the Providers collect fuel cells found at mathematically coded locations in the galaxy for the reactor which is low on fuel cells. Each level introduces different coordinate locations, equations, and navigation obstacles.

  • SustainersAs franchise owner of Stellar Telecom Company, you must restore and expand the telecommunication framework within the colonies on a space station. Once the tasks are completed you will then earn a salary to reinvest in your business.

  • Outbreak UnknownAs part of a team of scientists, you find an antidote for a virus attacking plants and causing giant mutations.

  • Towers of ZahlenAn adventure game set in a world of mathematical towers where you engage the help of subject matter specialists, solve problems to unlock doors, and avoid traps to restore harmony.

  • ImplementationField Testing Fall, 2007MaterialsCurriculum GuideBrochuresTrading CardsWith studentsTeacher EvaluationImplementation StrategiesOnline Learning CommunityGrand Unveiling Spring, 2008

  • Whats NextEquipment is in (computers for each school)Final games will be delivered in August and SeptemberWebsite/listservContinued evaluationYour thoughts/ideas/suggestionsBest practices for using games in CTE classroomsYour students responses

  • Your task by the end of the day Consider how youre going to integrate the gamesWhat information do you need to help you? Share that with us watch for suggestions on the website and through email

  • Math Matters Website: Communication Central

  • And now the demonstration beginsSit back and see an example of the game in action!