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Classroom Games Can Serve as Embedded Student Assessments

Classroom Games Can Become Embedded Assessments for Teachers

Game-based learning can help students develop listening skills, teamwork skills and more. 

Galactic Mappers, a new social studies game about physical geography, does just that. In the game, students must work in teams to create the most geographically diverse continent they can, reported Edutopia. The game allows students to collaborate, design, iterate and successfully present a finished product. 

A sixth-grade social studies teacher, C. Ross Flatt, uses the game in his classroom and sees the benefits every day. 

"Galactic Mappers provides many opportunities for me to assess my students, give immediate feedback and track their learning across a class period as they attempt to reach their goal," said Flatt. "As they design their first continent, I might observe a group and note how easily they construct landforms without using notes. Better yet, I might see a student assisting her teammates."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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