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Pre-Service Teachers and the Development of an Online 3D Role-Playing Computer Game Designed to Teach Middle School Mathematics
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, Appalachian State University, United States ; , Viz Multimedia, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Recent research has argued for greater teacher involvement in the development of effective technology-based curriculum. This paper describes pre-service teachers' roles in the development of an educational 3D multi-player online role-playing game (MORPG) modeled after Internet-based MORPGs such as Ultima Online®, Everquest®, and Neverwinter Nights®. Two prototypes have been developed through US Department of Education Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. The latest prototype entitled, Warrick's Secrets, consists of a multiplayer game in which a student assumes the role of a character in the 3D virtual world. Its purpose is to teach middle school mathematics-emphasizing beginning algebra. Prototype testing with pre-service teachers indicated an increase in the number of individuals who were willing to attempt, and were successful in solving, multi-step algebra word problems. Comments regarding the problems and game design were solicited and will influence future development.

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Goodson-Espy, T. & Espy, S. (2005). Pre-Service Teachers and the Development of an Online 3D Role-Playing Computer Game Designed to Teach Middle School Mathematics. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3473-3478). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 13, 2022 from .

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