Is this different than Jumpstart or Leappad?

Yes, this will be science based and have an emphasis on understanding science based readings; which is something many kids struggle with, and is not currently represented on the market. 

Will this be exciting and beneficial for all of the kids in the classroom?

Yes! We aim to make the game as inclusive as possible, so that every child can succeed, with or without outside assistance.

How can I successfully integrate this into my classroom?

Our system is based on the current 5th grade science curriculum so it is easily integratable into the current material as a supplementary resource. 

How does Metacog work exactly?

Metacognition focuses on the way students learn, emphasizing their own strengths and weaknesses and being able to successfully identify their skills in order to accomplish a task. 

I believe that videogames are harmful to young kids.

Video games, especially those that are specifically for learning scenarios have been seen to be incredibly helpful to a variety of students. Check out the about game based learning page at the top for more info.

What kind of information will this cover?

Forces and motion, matter, energy, earth systems, structures and processes, structures and function of living organisms, ecosystems, evolution and genetics

​Will there be opportunities for new or different content?

Yes! Please vote below or comment in the forum below for what would you like to see in the game.

What if some students do not have much technology knowledge?

The game will have hints, as well as an initial tutorial that will assist the children in learning to use the system, regardless of prior technical knowledge.

Won’t this game be more appealing to boys than girls?

This research team has completed a similar project in the past, Crystal island. This had a different purpose, but it was clear through this separate game based learning exercise there was no difference between girls and boys.

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Dr. John Nietfeld | missionswithmonty@ncsu.edu