Charter school association adopts digital games

It’s “game on” for the Algiers Charter Schools Association (ACSA) which has added DimensionU Learning System to the mathematics and literacy curriculum for its nine New Orleans-based public charter schools. With a combined student population of more than 5,000 students, ACSA hopes to use immersive digital games as a tool for raising achievement and preparing students for the technological challenges ahead of them.

“We believe game-based learning is the future of classroom instruction,” said Dr. Andrea Thomas-Reynolds, chief executive officer of Algiers Charter Schools Association. “Video game technology is no longer just a novelty. It has successfully crossed into the educational domain. The teachers have noted that when the students are playing the DimensionU Gamest hey see a real convergence of physical, virtual, and imaginary realities that will help our students thrive as they enter the 21st century workplace in the years to come. We are also introducing an Academic Bowl so that students in our five elementary and middle schools can use the games to compete with each other.”

Developed by Tabula Digita, theDimensionU Games embed over 400 math and literacy skills in a variety of 3-D, interactive formats. Available on both Windows and Macintosh platforms, the games assist students in learning and mastering multi-faceted mathematical and literacy concepts within three-dimensional, lesson-based environments.

The DimensionU Games for math include four distinct missions for students in grades three through 12. All the math games align to standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and all mathematics and literacy content is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as standards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia