NEW YORK, NY | July 16, 2014
EDC has launched a new website for teachers who are interested in learning how to use digital games to enhance classroom learning. Called “Possible Worlds,” the website was developed by EDC’s Center for Children and Technology for teachers who may not be “gamers” but would like to facilitate science learning for their middle grade students.
Possible Worlds requires no registration and provides free access to the following:
- Digital games and associated instructional materials related to topics where students often struggle with persistent misconceptions—photosynthesis, heredity, electricity, and heat transfer
- A light-hearted, animated video series designed to help teachers understand why digital games are so appealing to their students
- No Way!, a classroom activity that helps students develop the critical thinking and science literacy skills emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards—skills required to become discerning consumers of scientific information and reporting
- An archive of six years’ of research reports and conference presentations on the use and impact of digital games in middle-school science
“Possible Worlds was a six-year research project to explore how instructional materials and practices might help teachers integrate games into their teaching,” said EDC vice president Shelley Pasnik, who directs the Center for Children and Technology. “Now we’re pleased to be able to share all of the games and materials we developed as part of the project.”
Since 2008, EDC’s Center for Children and Technology has served as a National Research and Development Center on Instructional Technology, paving the way for creation of the Possible Worlds website. The Possible Worlds games were developed with the firm 1st Playable. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
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