March 2014 News

March 2014 News

Radix Scheduled Maintenance: TUESDAY 4/1/14 11PM-MIDNIGHT EDT

Hello Radix users!

We'd like to inform you of an upcoming maintenance window, scheduled for Tuesday, April 1st, 11PM - Midnight EDT.

Our website, www.radixendeavor.org will be down and inaccessible during this period so that we can bring you  website fixes/improvements. Please schedule your play sessions accordingly!

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for playing!

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Radix March Update

In this month's maintenance update, we've tried to address a few issues that have been making it difficult for schools and other users to play Radix. These are things we would have loved to address sooner but didn't have the time. In fact some of them could still use some additional work and in a perfect world we'd be able to continue working on them, but we're happy to at least be making small improvements throughout the pilot phase. These are some things you may notice in the latest version:

  • Traveling from one area to another loads faster than before.
  • When quests are available that you haven't started, an "!" appears on the world map.
  • Failure reporting in Teacher Dashboard is more accurate and clear.
  • Mail can be composed from the inbox, not only from the Friends List.
  • Small improvements in clarity have been made to a variety of tools.
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Radix Scheduled Maintenance: WEDNESDAY 3/26/14 5-7PM EST

Hello Radix users!
We'd like to inform you of an upcoming maintenance window, scheduled for Wednesday, March 26th, 5-7PM EST.

Our website, www.radixendeavor.org
will be down and inaccessible during this period so that we can bring
you more game and website fixes/improvements. Please schedule your play
sessions accordingly!

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for playing!

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How you can still be part of the pilot this spring

We’ve been getting several questions asking whether it is
too late to sign up for the pilot. The resounding answer is that
it’s
definitely NOT too late to join us for the spring play session
.  We’re eager to get as many teachers and
students playing as possible. The more people who play, the more we can learn
about the game! Here are a couple of additional common questions that have come
up lately:

How late in the year does the pilot go?  We’ll be collecting data from the game, the
assessments and doing classroom visits up through the end of June. Can’t start
using the game until late May or June? No problem. We’re still happy to have
you participate

What if I only have time do one quest line? That’s not a problem. We want
teachers to use the game as it fits in their classroom. While we’d love to have
students playing multiple quest lines, if you only have time to do one, you can
still take part.

Do you have any suggestions for how to incorporate the game
into the end of the school year? 
Absolutely. These are based on
ideas we’ve had from teachers about how they plan to try it out beyond standard
classroom and/or homework use.

  •        Half your class gone for state exams? Use Radix
    with the other students

  •        Students need some extra practice in certain
    areas leading up to finals? Use the corresponding quest lines to help give them
    extra practice

  •        Looking for something to do after AP/IB/final
    exams? Use the game as a way to continue to engage students with content

  •        Want to give students exposure to new topics or
    ideas that weren’t covered in this year’s curriculum? Pick out a few quest
    lines and let the game challenge students to learn something new

Enroll in the pilot here: 

http://bit.ly/HV8ymZ

 

We encourage teachers to sign up for the pilot, give the
game a try and let us know all the unique ways that Radix can fit into existing
curriculum. As always, feel free to contact
radixhelp@mit.edu
with any questions.

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Radix Forums

Did you know we have discussion boards where teachers, students, and anyone who plays Radix can go and chat about the game? Teachers can share ideas on how to connect the Radix content to their lessons. Students can look for advice on where to find Dr. Jopanda or how to breed a fast, plaid schloggen. And everyone can ask and answer questions to help their fellow players along. We're excited to build the community and have you all connect around tips, tricks, and strategies in the game - but in order to do that, we need YOU! Go visit the forums, ask and answer questions, post your ideas, and be a part of the excitement!

Teachers, get your students involved by asking them to think about and respond to the questions in these forum posts:
Travel Destinations
Made Anything Cool Lately?
Radix Recipes

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Radix Prequel

The island of Ysola has a long history, much of which has not been recorded and lives on only in the memories of the ancients. Some of the more recent history is known, but is in danger of being erased by those in power. The Radix Endeavor game starts off at a time when big change is imminent on the island and much work is being done to shape that change. Watch this prequel video to reveal one more piece of the puzzle and understand how the Curiosi were formed and what they are fighting for - or rather, what you are fighting for, if you choose to work alongside them.

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Skull House



Many questions surround the infamous Ysolian skull houses. How old are they and how have they been preserved? Whose skull is that anyway? Do the inhabitants have to brush those teeth regularly? Theories abound but answers are few.


If your travels around the island have not yet revealed its location, then you have much left to explore!

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Ancient Ruins

Sabetrug used to be a bustling metropolis, at least as far as cities on Ysola go, but that was in a different age. Now most of it lies in ruins and it rarely sees any visitors. Except for the occasional intrepid explorer of course, and those are becoming more common since the Curiosi started organizing themselves. If you venture to the ancient ruins, you will find a variety of shapes as the ancients themselves had rather geometric sensibilities. Enough of the ruins are intact that you can measure them and even gather information from locals about what purpose the buildings used to serve. Step into the past and discover the rich history of the old Ysolian capital!


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WEBINAR: Using Multiplayer Games in the High School Classroom

On March 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM ET, MIT Researchers will host a webinar to discuss The Radix Endeavor can be used to support high school math and biology instruction. Education Content Manager, Susannah Gordon-Messer, will review the benefits of role-playing and immersive virtual environments in instruction.  She will also talk more specifically about how teachers can start using The Radix Endeavor in their classrooms. High school math and biology teachers are encouraged to attend. REGISTER TODAY! Be Sure to enter event # 641123549

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The Island of Ysola


The island of Ysola has areas that spread across a variety of biomes and terrains. If you walk around the whole island you'll experience forest, grassland, swamp, volcanic desert, and even city environments. They each have their own charms, and possibly horrors as well, but we'll leave that up to you to discover. The educational benefit of having these varied environments is that not only will students come across different plants, animals, structures, and characters in each area, but they will be able to compare and contrast what they find. They can collect data about creatures and analyze it according to its source, and they can hypothesize about what may have caused differences in conditions and traits from biome to biome. The quest lines in the game facilitate this type of inquiry, but we hope that teachers and students will embark on their own independent investigations as well and get to know Ysola on an even deeper level.

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The Radix Endeavor is an educational MMO game in development at The MIT Education Arcade, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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