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Video Games Invade the Classroom

New class review program inspires interactive environment

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The newly introduced video game review program is promoting a more interactive classroom environment.

The newly introduced video game review program is promoting a more interactive classroom environment.

Photo by classcraft.com

Photo by classcraft.com

The newly introduced video game review program is promoting a more interactive classroom environment.

Alaina Anderson, Staff Reporter

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By sixth period, opening a textbook seems unimaginable and tasking to say the least. No one wants to sit and flip through a textbook. To remedy this, Mrs. Fuelberth is piloting a new interactive classroom video game in her ninth grade honors biology classes.

Mrs. Fuelberth began using Classcraft at the beginning of May. It is an interactive video game that allows students to create individual avatars for various activities. Every individual avatar is also a member of a larger clan. Through Classcraft, the clans are able to participate in review games that double as boss battles. Winning a boss battle results in earning gold and experience points, which are needed for upgrading your avatar.

It doesn’t feel like I’m learning new material, but, through the boss battles, I have been able to retain the information easier.”

— freshman Gunner Ott

Mrs. Fuelberth chose to pilot Classcraft after attending the Nebraska Educational Technology Association Conference. “I thought it looked like a fun way to do formative review via boss battles, and encourage student understanding and positively reinforce good behavior through the competitive nature of the game’s character development and pet training,” honors biology teacher Mrs. Fuelberth said. “It also promotes teamwork with warriors buffing clan members, healers aiding when health points are lost due to missed questions, and mages providing mana, also known as energy, as warriors and healers use their powers,” Fuelberth continued.

Many students feel Classcraft inspires a more interactive and engaging learning environment. “Classcraft makes me excited to go to class,” freshman Gunner Ott said. “It doesn’t feel like I’m learning new material, but, through the boss battles, I have been able to retain the information easier,” Ott said.

While most students believe Classcraft is a positive addition to the classroom, some students disagree. “I don’t understand how it is different from Quizlet Live,” freshman Liz Sims said. “I think it would have been a lot more beneficial if we would’ve started it at the beginning of the year, but I understand that no one knew about it until now,” Sims continued.

While students are split on the new classroom video game, the classroom is definitely evolving. New technology and ways to make more engaging lesson plans are constantly changing the classroom environment. Soon, new interactive programs, like Classcraft, will make the traditional textbook and notebook obsolete.

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