Radix Team to Host Webinar, "Using Multiplayer Games in the High School Classroom"

On March 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM ET, MIT Researchers will host a webinar to discuss how their new game, The Radix Endeavor can be used to support high school math and biology instruction. They will talk about the benefits of role-playing and immersive virtual environments in general and more specifically about how teachers can start using The Radix Endeavor in their classrooms. High school math and biology teachers are encouraged to attend.
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Daylong PD Session, Using Games in the HS Classroom

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 9 am - 3:30 pm, The Radix Team is hosting a one-day professional development session that will address many of your questions about using an online game for STEM learning within the classroom environment. This fun, hands-on workshop on the MIT campus will address:

  • How games can be used to set the context for or reinforce difficult concepts
  • The learning standards addressed in The Radix Endeavor
  • How scaffolding is addressed within specific quest lines
  • In-game assessments
  • Reports and built-in teacher monitoring tools
  • Options for enrolling in the Radix Pilot


Education Arcade Releases New Game for STEM Learning

MIT’s Education Arcade Releases Online Game for STEM Learning
Seeks High School Math and Biology Teachers to Participate in Research Pilot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT’s Education Arcade has spent two years collaborating with teachers and game developer, Filament Games, to develop an immersive virtual environment to support high school math and biology instruction. The result is The Radix Endeavor, an online multi-player game released today. The Education Arcade researchers will study implementation of the game in high school classrooms across the country through the end of the academic year.
The Radix Endeavor places students in an Earth-like world with a technical and social situation similar to our 1400s. Players are adventurers on an island at a crucial juncture. As political forces make arbitrary and greedy decisions that threaten the health of the island and its inhabitants, a group of dedicated and curious rebels are rising to oppose them. Players collaborate solve pressing social and environmental problems facing the island using fundamental concepts from math and biology aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
The game integrates a web-based design that allows teachers flexibility in how and when students play; in school or at home. The island incorporates five different biomes with a variety of unidentified plant and animal species. Students use the tools of math and science to investigate these habitats and solve a series of quests aimed at saving the island from its evil rulers. Twelve quest lines support a variety of high school concepts including Genetics, Ecosystems, Evolution, Human Body Systems, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics.  A teacher dashboard allows teachers to track student progress and provides access to teacher resources including video supports, and classroom connections.   
The MIT Education Arcade is currently identifying a pool of schools and teachers to participate in a research study that will examine how and to what impact teachers use such a tool.  “The potential for video games to create effective learning environments has received much attention of late,” said Professor Eric Klopfer, director of the Education Arcade and The Scheller Teacher Education Program, the group that designed the game.  “It is our hope to contribute to the national dialogue on educational games with evidence of effectiveness and case studies of varied implementation models.”
Formal and informal educators at the middle and high school level from around the world are invited to participate in the pilot simply by enrolling their students in the game.  US-based high school math and biology teachers are also invited to participate in the pilot at deeper levels by using the game in conjunction with some assessments aligned with the learning standards in the game or by hosting MIT researchers to conduct classroom observations of students engaging with the game in the classroom setting. 
“This deep level of collaboration with teachers is critical to successful implementation of any school-based initiative,” remarked Susannah Gordon-Messer, Education Content Manager. “Only by studying how teachers use the game to support their own instructional objectives can we accurately document the potential contribution games like this can make in terms of engagement and growth in student performance.”
Teachers interested in enrolling in the research pilot can choose their participation level at http://bit.ly/HV8ymZ 
MIT’s Education Arcade and Scheller Teacher Education Program  is a research and development lab based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that explores that which is authentically playful in learning. Focused on supporting teachers in their efforts to create playful, powerful learning opportunities for students drives our research and development of games, simulations, and tools that help transform kids into creators and explorers.

Filament Games  is a game production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Common Core requirements and specific learning objectives.

Lab Staff to Speak [and Play] at Playful Learning Boston

Media Literacy Conference 2013: Playful Learning Boston invites K-12 teachers, whether seasoned experts or new to using technology in the classroom to join their colleagues in exploring what is inherently playful about learning. Our own Daniel Wendel and Wendy Huang will be presenting about the use of 3D Games and Simulations.  In addition, the Radix team will be showing off our new multi-player online game for secondary STEM instruction.  The event will take place at the MIT Media Lab on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 8 to 5.  Learn more and register today!


Radix Team to Present at NSTA in San Antonio

Education Arcade and Scheller Teacher Education Program staff, Susannah Gordon-Messer and Louisa Rosenheck, present The Radix Endeavor, a multi-player online game for STEM learning where students immerse themselves in MIT's game world and perform quests applying biology and math skills and teachers receive real-time teacher feedback about student learning. Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Salon E.
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Radix Team Launches Design Blog, Pinterest Board

The Radix Team is busy at work developing the world and quests that will ultimately become the Massively Multi-Player Online (MMO) game and interactive learning environment supporting high school math and biology instruction.  As if that is not enough, the team has recently launched a Pinterest Board and design blog that will allow us to see the game come to life.  Visit the Pinterest Board to see the graphical concepts evolve. Subscribe to the team’s design blog to follow them as they grapple with critical design questions including which standards to address, how long to make each quest, and how to address the role of free play.