Game's on for Virginia schools' math instruction

Sixteen schools in Chesterfield County Public Schools outside of Richmond have officially ‘got game’ with the recent addition of Tabula Digita’s research-based DimensionU Learning System to its math classrooms.

“We are thrilled to have our students join what is becoming the world’s largest community of students pursuing collaborative learning in immersive worlds,” said Greg Jastrzemski, instructional specialist for mathematics. “It’s one of the most engaging and relevant student practice tools I have ever seen. It not only captures student interest but it invigorates their learning; even for a complex subject like math.”

The schools in Chesterfield County join those in other Virginia districts including Montgomery County, Loudoun County, Alexandria City, Fairfax County, and Richmond City, among others that over the past two years have embraced educational video game technology as a way to help students learn.

For Jastrzemski, adding DimensionU goes beyond the intrinsic ingenuity of gaming in the classroom. “The research speaks for itself: well-designed immersive educational video games can improve students’ mastery of mathematical skills and significantly raise scores on benchmark exams. In its short tenure here in Chesterfield, we already have several testimonies of students succeeding in math where they otherwise weren’t before.”

In all, DimensionU Games embed over 400 math and literacy skills in a multitude of 3D, 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.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 standards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.