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Title: ThinkZone: A Research-Driven Gaming Portal for Transforming K-8 Teaching and Learning Practices
Center: NCER Year: 2015
Principal Investigator: Brewster, Scott Awardee: Thinkzone
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2015-10/31/2015) Award Amount: $150,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES15C0021

The project team is developing and testing a prototype of Thinkzone, a blended learning portal intended for Kindergarten through Grade 8 teachers to host existing education learning games across core subject areas. The prototype will host games, and include a learning system to train educators to integrate games to replace or supplement instructional practice. In the Phase I pilot study will include 10 teachers and 200 students. The researchers will examine if the prototype functions as planned, if teachers are able to implement it with small groups of students, and whether students are engaged across the various games.