BFA Freshman Mission Connects Gaming and Geometry

Target 3. Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings

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Students discuss the challenge.

Last week students in John Tague’s freshman class at BFA traveled the galaxy (AKA the high school) on an important mission. Students gladly accepted a challenge by an “alien race” to share their understanding of geometric shapes. Using their iPads and ARIS (an interactive GIS game), students searched the building to find the “aliens” cleverly hidden in various locations.

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Can you spot the alien in this picture?

Once they were able to scan an alien, the game then presented students with a geometric shape which required them to do some mathematical calculations. As the game progressed, students collaborated, naturally forming groups to assist one another with identifying formulas to solve the quests. Once the correct answer was given, the aliens rewarded the students with a special star badge within the game app.

After completing this level, the aliens then challenged students to capture images of geometric shapes throughout the BFA building so that the aliens could take them home to their shapeless blob planet. The students showcased their creativity as they captured shapes on their task list in the game. They even met the difficult challenge of finding the most awkward shape – the trapezoid.

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Students photographed various geometric shapes found around the school as part of their challenge.

Throughout the mission, students shared their work with the entire group of students involved in the game. The group of students used the game app on the iPad to post comments on other students’ work. Students interacted and reflected on their learning.

At the end of it all, BFA students eagerly met the challenge and proved to the aliens that they are the superior life form!

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