This week in the course we were told that we were going to play a game that teaches students algebra. My first thought was “Ugh, algebra!” This game was called Dragon Box and for the first five or ten minutes playing the game I couldn’t see how the algebra came in to the game as I was too busy trying to work out how to play the game. It wasn’t until I came across some symbols similar to those traditionally used in algebra that I realised how the algebra came in. Then talking about it in the tutorial this morning I realised that right from the beginning the concepts of algebra were present.
This game takes the concepts of algebra and embeds them into a fun and challenging game. The way the game does this means that students do not actually know they are learning algebra. Therefore, this game skirts around the widely negative attitude towards algebra of “it is so hard!” This ICT has redesigned the way students learn algebra and in so doing that it has also avoided the negative connotations that usually come with it.
The game has many levels and can even be complemented by an activity such as that shown in this video originally posted by preservicepilgrimageponderings.