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Planet Mechanic Classroom Study

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

At Filament Games, we don’t simply make learning games – rather, we strive to create memorable game-based learning experiences that result in lasting, real-world impact. Accordingly, we routinely work with real-world educators to conduct classroom studies in an effort to deepen our understanding of the subject matter efficacy of our games. One such study – …

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Optimizing Your EdTech Initiative to Maximize Learning Outcomes

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Most in EdTech are likely familiar with the SMART Board line of interactive software, whiteboards, and interactive displays – but did you know their parent company conducts EdTech research, too? First unveiled at ISTE 2018, SMART Technologies has released a new study detailing how various approaches to planning, implementing, and using educational technology in schools can affect …

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Game-Based Learning Applications: CPR Training

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

The American Heart Association reports that more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States, with a mere 12% of afflicted individuals surviving such an event. While survival rates are dramatically increased for those who receive immediate CPR attention from a bystander, the fact remains that less than 1 in 5 American adults …

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Remote Collaboration & Telecommunication – Part 1: A History

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

“Oh right! And…sorry…no you…uh, I was just… no you go first, go ahead.” “I was just saying that bSHHHTZTK in the first place.” “Sorry, could you repeat that?” Today’s high speed fiber optic networks and teleconferencing technologies connect people and businesses across the globe in seconds, but what are the affordances and limitations of this …

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Research Roundup: Game-Based Language Learning

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Language immersion programs, Rosetta Stone, face-to-face classroom instruction, and more – all tried and true methods of acquiring the skills necessary to speak a new language. But what happens when game-based learning enters the fray? A number of recent studies have attempted to determine the efficacy of digital game-based language learning programs, providing evidence that …

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How AI Supports Teachers

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Citing Pearson’s 2016 report Intelligence Unleashed: An Argument for AI in Education, our blog recently highlighted a few ways in which artificial intelligence tools can greatly enhance collaborative learning. Today, we’re here to discuss another application of artificial intelligence in education: how AI supports teachers. According to a 2015 report from the Center for American …

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Video Game Side Effects

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

A 2015 report from the Entertainment Software Association states that more than 150 million Americans have been affected by video games, with 4 in 5 households receiving regular exposure. As this global epidemic continues to spread, one question remains at the forefront of everyone’s minds – what are the true side effects of repeated exposure …

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Video Games and The Scientific Method

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

The Mario Method Form a question, create a hypothesis, predict the outcome, test your theory. Sound familiar? You probably recognize these steps as the foundational structure of the scientific method. Human beings have used this simple yet profound process to structure scientific inquiry for hundreds of years, and based on the fact that I’m typing …

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Making Games that Learn

Filament Games | Educational Game Developers

There’s a lot we can learn playing games – from Newtonian physics to object-oriented coding, games can make us more capable and more informed. But here’s a thought that might sound a little ridiculous: what can games learn from us? According to today’s article from Fast Company, Unity Technologies is looking to answer that very question. Yesterday …

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