Virginia DOE Pilots Immersive Gaming Statewide
The Virginia Department of Education's Office of Education Technology has recently announced a pilot program using Tabula Digita's immersive educational video game, DimensionM.
The state's eight superintendent study groups will be represented in the pilot, slated to run from February through May. Following current research findings, the program will gauge the games effectiveness in several key areas, including:
- Active critical learning;
- Intellectual risk-taking;
- Individual achievement; and
- Practice of core concepts.
"This technology represents a cutting-edge resource for educators looking to enthuse, capture, and retain the attention of today's digitally-motivated students," said Tammy McGraw, director of educational technology for the Virginia Department of Education, in a prepared statement. "We are anxious to observe how schools integrate this immersive educational technology as a collaborative learning and teaching tool."
As a part of the pilot, Tabula Digita plans to hold a DimensionM competition among the state's eight regions sometime in late spring. Districts currently using the company's games include New York City Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Broward County Public Schools, and the Fort Worth Independent School District.