Part III: Selecting and Aligning Game Content with Classroom InstructionWednesday, April 30, 2014 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDTIn preparation for implementing The Radix Endeavor in the classroom, MIT researchers will share sample implementation plans taking into consideration alignment to specific learning standards, adherence to pacing guides and testing requirements while allowing significant time for participant questions and review of implementation challenges and opportunities. In addition, teachers and students currently using The Radix Endeavor will share their Tales from the Field. Join us today at http://bit.ly/RadixPartIII
April 2014 News
If you are a teacher who is finished using Radix in your classroom for this semester, please take this survey! It should take about 20 minutes to complete.
Why are we asking you to take this survey? As part of our work at The Education Arcade, we not only design and develop learning games but also conduct research studies around them. One aspect of The Radix Endeavor that we are studying is the feasibility of implementation in schools. Essentially that means we want get a good picture of what the teacher experience is like of using Radix with a class of students. In order to gather feedback on this experience from as many teachers as possible, we are conducting this survey.
Note: If you are still going to do more with Radix this semester, please wait until you're done and then take the survey. Alternatively, if you plan to use Radix again next semester but are done for this semester, please take the survey now!
Bonus: Teachers who have had their students play Radix and take the survey will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
A handful of improvements have been made in this month's maintenance update, though nothing new or shiny. Most users probably won't notice these updates specifically but they should help to improve the overall experience for teachers, students, and other players. For example:
- Tweaked the profanity filter to allow more common phrases.
- Fixed some bugs in chat permissions and buddy lists.
- Improved readability and reporting of failure system in Teacher Dashboard.
- Fixed bugs in inventory and sorting.
- Quest log adds new quests to the top of the list.
Most of the aquatic animlas around Ysola are hard to spot. They're hidden in rivers or swamps, or live on the coast where travelers can't get to. However, there is an ophidian snapper that can be observed lounging in the mucky shallows of Murky Maws. And although the polka fish are somewhat camouflaged in the muddy grassland rivers, they are large and like to swim near shore to scrounge for snacks. Keep an eye out for these species next time you go wading!
Did you know about all the helpful resources for teachers using Radix with their students? When you're logged in with your teacher account, from the Dashboard click on Teacher Resources and you'll find all kinds of information.
- The Quests section contains an index of all the quests in the game, organized by quest line (and therefore topic area). Each one links to a description of the quest and its learning objectives, along with connecting questions to facilitate discussion and even additional resources outside of Radix. These pages will help you connect quests to your curriculum even if you don't have time to play through yourself.
- The Tools section shows a list of all the tools players may need to use in the game, with tutorial videos on how to use those tools. The tutorial videos may be helpful for students as well as teachers. Many videos are already posted, and others are coming soon.
- The Dashboard section link to pdf instructions on how to create classes and manage your classes, as well as how to use the Class Progress section to monitor students' work and even assign quest lines. This pdf can be viewed online or printed and referenced on paper for those that prefer it.
Hello Radix users!
We'd like to inform you of an upcoming maintenance window, scheduled for Wednesday, 4/23/14 5-7PM 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!
Are you aware of the importance of plumebills to the people of Ysola? These artifacts are just a few symbols showing how dear they are to the hearts of the Ysolians. If you are interested in this fascinating species, here are a few ways to find out more:
- Find real live plumebills in Lednem Wilds and in The Menagerie.
- Visit Bulu's house.
- Play the EV2 evolution quest line, Plumebillian History 101.
- Participate in the call for plumebill fan fiction!
On Wednesday, April 30th, the Radix team hosts another webinar and the Series of Radix Webinars designed to support your use of Radix. Part III: Selecting and Aligning Game Content with Classroom InstructionWednesday, April 30, 2014 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT (REGISTER TODAY)In preparation for implementing The Radix Endeavor in the classroom, MIT researchers will share sample implementation plans taking into consideration alignment to specific learning standards, adherence to pacing guides and testing requirements while allowing significant time for participant questions and review of implementation challenges and opportunities.Did you miss Parts I & II in the Series of Webinars? Access the session recordings online
Once you've finished the algebra quests in Sedge's Edge, you will have earned the right to trade in the legendary Lower Sabetlan Market. This is where the real wheeling and dealing goes on, but you have to be smart to get deals here. The secret to this marketplace is that the values fluctuate day by day. A clever trader will watch the market for a few days then pounce on a deal at the right moment. In addition, the quests given by Koling and Witani are open-ended and replayable. The quest-givers don't evaluate how well you did so it's up to you to decide if you could have done better, and compare your results with your fellow Curiosi.
Teachers, encourage your students to set goals for themselves or each other, such as seeing who can get the most zorbits possible, who's the first to get 20 fluffins, or who has the widest variety in their trading kit.
If you haven't played the algebra quest line, you're missing out on some good deals! Check out the marketplace at Sedge's Edge to see what merchants are willing to trade. Before you go, you should know that the marketplace doesn't operate on the usual currency system - instead it's barter-based, so you'll have to see what's in your trading kit then figure out what the best deal you can find is. You can trade multiple times to work your way up to a fortune, though you are limited by the trading tickets you are given. When you're done trading you can visit the broker to trade your goods in for zorbits. Some items in the market you may recognize and some you may not. Either way, you can't be sure which are the most valuable unless you use what you know about unit conversion and ratios. So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself some sizzgams and a few snipsnaps!