Watch this video tutorial to see how the game works (best quality video here).
And watch this video tutorial to see how to print custom tests.
This video shows how to play the Trojan City mission.
Why use Modada for TAKS prep?
Questions from released TAKS tests give students the closest “taste” of what they will see on their own test. Many teachers find it hard to get their students to practice working enough such problems to master a concept. The students claim that it’s too boring or too tiring. One way to address this problem is to use games and other fun activities in the learning process. These keep the students motivated, focused and on task as they work. The Modada TAKS Game Tutor is such a game.
Studies are also showing that educational video games can increase student achievement.
“Based on research conducted by the University of Central Florida (UCF), immersive educational video games can improve students’ math skills and comprehension and raise scores on district-wide benchmark exams.
According to the study, over an 18-week period, students playing the educational video games demonstrated higher gains on district benchmark exams than students not playing the games. On average, students in the experimental group made gains of 8.07 points (out of 25), while students in the control group made gains of 3.74 points.” (UCF Finds Video Games Increase Student Achievement, The Journal 6/08)
How does the game work?
To start the game, a student selects questions by grade level, by objective and by student expectation. The student can also select questions from two or more grade levels, objectives or student expectations. The selected questions are added to the game where the student will answer them as challenges.
When the game is over, the teacher can access the reports and see how well a student did on the questions they just worked on. The reports indicate what student expectations were worked on, the percentage of correct answers and a total score. To detect guessing, the report also indicates how many attempts were made on each problem.
When and where can I use Modada?
- Whole class review – project the game on the overhead screen, have students take turns running the game while the entire class participates. Discuss test taking strategies. Have a competition between class periods.
- In groups – with 4 or 5 computers in the room, have students work in groups, with each group member getting their turn to run the game. The group with the most points wins!
- In the lab – assign each student to a computer and have him/her work on the grade, objective and SE that you assign.
- At home – Because the program grades the problems as you go, a student can work independently at home.
- Staff Development – a team of teachers can look through the problems by SE and brainstorm and share best practices on how to teach each SE the way it is tested.
- Student pull-outs – the teacher continues to teach his or her main class while the pull out students work at the computer.
- Before/After school tutoring – students can work independently as the teacher walks around and assists.
What can I expect when I use Modada with my students?
The Modada TAKS game will enable you to: