Many of the materials I have read and watched about games in the classroom have one current theme, that using technology-based games in the classroom allows for immediate feedback. Teachers can use the feedback they receive to tailor their instruction for their students. According to Moyle, “Learning is differentiated with the use of technologies as well as through the use of games, with the aim that feedback is immediate and ongoing (p.6).”
Games allow teachers to give and get formative feedback about their student’s educational needs. I have experience using iXL, Ticket to Read, Odyssey Math, and Mathletics in my classroom. All of these sites have some type of gaming component, to make learning fun for the students. With each program teachers can view reports on student progress. With some programs, like Ticket to Read, teachers can tailor the program to a student’s reading level, so they receive an individualized experience. Odyssey Math allows teachers to assign pre-assessments for students. If students received a low score (teachers set the score required to pass the assessment) on the pre-assessment the program would assign lessons on those concepts.
It’s important educators stay current with technologies students enjoy using, because it will help increase student engagement. Robert Pronovost in the Edutopia video Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games mentions that he could give his students worksheets to complete the same task, but using technology-based games is more engaging and exciting for students.
Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games (Tech2Learn Series). (n.d.). Retrieved February 14, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ0BGXMf83
Moyle, K. (2012). Session A-Differentiated classroom learning, technologies and school improvement: what experience and research can tell us. Retrieved February 14, 2015, from http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1135&context=research_conference
Online Math Games Balance Challenge with Mastery Learning. (n.d.). Retrieved February 14, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVIe3HwCThI#t=127