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ERIC Number: EJ919044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Video Games Take Testing to the Next Level
Rothman, Robert
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n7 p4-8 Mar 2011
Young people playing "Halo" or "World of Warcraft" might not realize it, but they are working on the prototypes for a future generation of student tests. The increasing popularity of video and computer games may cause concern among parents, who fear their children are spending too much time on them. However, educators and researchers increasingly recognize these games' potential as motivating and engaging learning tools. Researchers have been designing learning environments using video games. But the developments in assessment are potentially groundbreaking as well. Researchers see promise in game-based assessments that measure complex skills, such as problem solving and scientific inquiry. These new assessments complement existing state tests for accountability. However, game-based assessments can also be used formatively to help classroom teachers monitor student progress and adjust their instruction according to student needs.
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Language: English
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