Adventure Awaits... In the Science Classroom
Submitted by Kylie Cafiero on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 10:30am
Your adventure begins in a village on a deserted island supplied only with a backpack. The necessities have already been provided—a camera, notebook and map—and will aid you in navigating this quest on foot.
No, you are not a part of the next big reality show in island adventures. It's Crystal Island, an educational science video game for elementary school students, and its ability to teach and engage is taking the science lesson to a new level.
"One bottom line for success in contemporary life and work is the ability to go into almost any situation and rapidly figure out what has to be learned," said Dr. Hiller Spires, senior research fellow, professor of literacy and technology and a co-investigator involved with the project. "Gameplay has the potential to simulate real-world complexity and fast-paced processing in ways that many school learning scenarios cannot approximate."
Read more on the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation's website.