Using Video Games in the Math Classroom

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Overview and Purpose

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Have you ever wondered about using video games in the math classroom?

Will video games increase your student’s achievement and motivation?

Are there other reasons to incorporate video games in the math classroom?

How do you choose which game to use?

Are there resources for teachers to use to help them incorporate video games?


These questions are the basis behind this mini-course: Using Video Games in the Math Classroom!


The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice describe practices that teachers should illicit in their students. Students should be able to “model with mathematics” and solve problems from everyday life, society, and the workplace. Student should also be able to “use appropriate tools strategically” including technological tools. In addition, there is a shift in education to focus on 21st century skills. 21st century learning skills include authentic learning, real-world applications, and using technology. With the need to incorporate the Common Core Standards, 21st century learning skills, and the 2008 Pew Internet and American Life Project survey results that 97% of teens play video games, it seems natural that video games should be incorporated in mathematics curriculum.


Watch this video: https://www.ted.com/talks/gabe_zichermann_how_games_make_kids_smarter


So, if you are interested, then please proceed!

Course Prerequisites

· The participant will be secondary math teachers or working towards certification as a secondary math teacher.

· The participant will have access to a computer.

· The participant will have a web browser and will be familiar with using the web.

· The participant will be able to do a web search.

· The participant will be able to develop a lesson plan.

Performance Objectives

  1. Given a task and research articles, the participant will be able to justify the use of video games in the math classroom.
  2. By using a web search, the participant will be able to identify at least two video games used for math instruction.
  3. Using five considerations for educators when using video games (Turkey, Hoffman, Kinzer, Chantes, & Vicari, 2014, p. 15), the participant will be able to assess video games used for math instruction.
  4. The participant will create a classroom activity incorporating a video game by using the information learned in the course.

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.


Unit 1: Justify the Use of Video Games in the Math Classroom


Unit 2: Identify Video Games in the Math Classroom


Unit 3: Use Video Games in the Math Classrooom


Extended Resources

National Governors Association Center for Best Practice, Council of Chief State School Officers. (2010). Common core state mathematics standards. Washington, DC: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers. Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Practice/

Pew Internet and American Life Project. (2008). Teens, Video Games and Civics. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2008/09/16/teens-video-games-and-civics/

Turkay, S., Hoffman, D., Kinzer, C. K., Chantes, P., Vicari, C. (2014). Toward understanding the potential of games for learning: Learning theory, game design characteristics, and situating video games in classrooms. Computers in the Schools, 31, 2-22.