Educators Attending FETC 2008 Can Learn First Hand What Students Love About Gaming.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At FETC 2008 in Orlando, Fla. this month, educators will get the chance to play the role of today’s “Generation .NET” students as they compete in the inaugural State Challenge Multiplayer Educational Games (MEG) Tournament. The tournament is being presented by Tabula Digita, an educational gaming company delivering pre-algebra and algebra software programs to K-12 schools and districts.
“It’s important for educators to get first hand experience with a teaching tool that students embrace and is proven to accelerate the understanding and comprehension of abstract concepts like Algebra,” said Ntiedo Etuk, chief executive officer and co-founder of Tabula Digita. “This tournament will give teachers and administrators the opportunity to understand the excitement that students feel when they learn new concepts and skills using video game technology, and to see how effective video game technology can be in encouraging collaboration as well.”
Using Tabula Digita’s award-winning DimensionMTM Evolver Multiplayer for Pre-Algebra and Algebra software, the competing educators, representing their home states, will go head-to-head using their math skills to advance through timed video games.
During this tournament, participants will use the Meltdown game - one of three games available in the Multiplayer Evolver software. By following the games’ storyline via a series of high-action missions, students, or in this case educators must be able to quickly demonstrate mastery of linear equations. In the other games, players are required to solve puzzles, defeat enemies, or uncover mysteries by using other math concepts like prime and greatest common factors, variables and expression or finding, plotting and inferring coordinates. All of the games are rich with content aligned to standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as several state standards. To move ahead, and ultimately win the tournament, the participants will have to navigate through numerous mathematical obstacles, compete against the other educators, and score the most points.
To become a contestant, visit www.DimensionM.com/signUp.html and complete the form and indicate which state you are from in the comments section of the form. Participating educators will be given a special User ID and Password plus a direct link to download the game in order to hone their skills before the event. Educators can also sign up at the Tabula Digita booth (#237) where they will be given a demo copy of the game. The first pre-registrant from each state will be entered in a drawing for a $100 American Express Gift Card on Thursday, January 24th at 9AM in the Tournament Center.
Pre-qualifying rounds will take place on Thurs., Jan. 24 from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM (every half hour) in the main lobby of the Orange County Convention Center across from Room S220. Ten finalists will advance to the championship round to be held on Fri., Jan. 25 from 8:45 - 9:15 AM.
The winner will receive a site license for the DimensionM Evolver Multiplayer gaming software. Finalists will receive other valuable prizes provided by contributing sponsor Houghton Mifflin Learning Technology (Booth 702). To make the event possible, FETC and Tabula Digita have enlisted the support of several other well-known organizations, including:
- Apple® (Booth 1202)
- Orange County Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- University of Central Florida (Booth 1514)
- University of Florida - College of Education (Booth 1338)
- Volusia County Teachers of Mathematics Association
“Tabula Digita combines the old tradition of math competition with new video gaming trends to create a new equation in the instruction of Pre-Algebra and Algebra I,” said Mike Eason, executive director of FETC. “That mirrors our philosophy of giving conference attendees an opportunity to learn how to integrate different technologies across the curriculum - from kindergarten to college - while being exposed to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies on student technology use.”
About Tabula Digita
Tabula Digita is an educational video game company focused on delivering innovative and effective educational games to students and institutions. Through its fusion of education and technology-based immersive learning systems, Tabula Digita successfully offers standards-based, high impact educational tools that engage middle and high school students in learning and applying pre-algebra and algebra I concepts.
In 2006 Tabula Digita received the Macworld Editor’s Choice award. This year the company received the prestigious “Newcomer of the Year” CODiE Award from the Software Industry Information Association (SIIA), recognized for “offering a product that has the potential for significant impact on students and teachers.” Tabula Digita was founded in Manhattan’s Silicon Alley in 2003 and is the brainchild of entrepreneur Ntiedo Etuk and award-winning electronic game designer Robert Clegg. For more information, please call 1-888-9-Tabula or 1-888-982-2852, or visit www.DimensionM.com.
FETC is one of the largest, most successful conferences in the United States devoted entirely to educational technology. Each year, nearly 9,000 people from across the country attend FETC to participate in ticketed workshops, attend speaker sessions and visit the 250,000 square-foot exhibit hall featuring more than 500 companies displaying their products.
FETC is owned by 1105 Media, Inc., a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including specialized sectors of the information technology community; industrial health, safety and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. 1105’s offerings span print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences and trade shows; training courseware; and web-based services. Formed in 2006 and based in Chatsworth, Calif., with offices throughout the U.S., 1105 Media acquired FETC in January 2007 and is committed to continuing FETC’s mission of advocating and supporting the use of technology in education by providing an annual, world-class conference and other initiatives for the education community. For more information, please visit www.fetc.org.
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