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ERIC Number: EJ943450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
Beyond Jeopardy and Lectures: Using "Microsoft PowerPoint" as a Game Design Tool to Teach Science
Siko, Jason; Barbour, Michael; Toker, Sacip
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v30 n3 p303-320 Jul 2011
To date, research involving homemade PowerPoint games as an instructional tool has not shown statistically significant gains in student performance. This paper examines the results of a study comparing the performance of students in a high school chemistry course who created homemade PowerPoint games as a test review with the students who used a traditional study guide on two separate unit tests. Students scored significantly higher on one of the two unit tests; however, there was no difference in performance between students who created games multiple times. This was the first time a significant difference has been reported when using homemade PowerPoint games. More work is needed to determine which of the three philosophical justifications contributed to this significant result, as previous studies found at least one of these justifications to be lacking in the student. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A