What do you get when you cross the people who create the SAT with video game titan Electronic Arts?
The result is an experimental nonprofit called the Games, Learning and Assessment Lab, or GlassLab. What’s exciting about this is that GlassLab scientists are busy developing video games that they believe will give just as accurate standard test results — without the standardized tests. Sound intriguing?
Consider this: GlassLab has mined textbooks to develop a tool that teachers can use to replace chapter assignments and tests with games that cover the same content. It also created a series of new learning games, including a classroom version of SimCity that teaches about city management and pollution, among other topics.
This and more is covered in a great review of writer Greg Toppo’s new book, “The Game Believes in You: How Didital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter,” published today in the Washington Post. In it, the author argues that game play more effectively tests and assesses kids’ knowledge that state exams, and that if done properly, offers a highly compelling alternative to standardized testing.
Maybe your kids were right: All of those hours logged on Minecraft really do count for something.
Read the full article here.