ACADEMIC GAMES Debora Dawson, MIU4 League Coordinator of Academic Games Susie Lynn, MIU4 Secretary
ACADEMIC GAMES Tri-Bowl State Competition –Allegheny County(WPAGL) –Western Pennsylvania Academic Games League –Beaver County League –MIU4 League Parent Organization – AGLOA, Inc. – Academic Games League of America, Inc.
ACADEMIC GAMES MIU4 League participation includes: 25 out of 27 MIU4 Districts 3 private schools Crawford County – Penncrest, Conneaut Venango County – Franklin, Valley Grove Clarion County Schools Open to Homeschoolers
ACADEMIC GAMES Fall Planning Meeting 3 Trainings for Coordinators 10 Days of Competition for Students (200 – 550 students/game) Spring Wrap-up Meeting
ACADEMIC GAMES Teams – 5 players each Age Divisions:Elementary (3-6) Middle (7-8) Junior (9-10) Senior (11-12)
ACADEMIC GAMES Students learn game in own schools Online MIU4 registration by division MIU4 Coordinator creates 3-player matches and makes table assignments MIU4-designed software produces student nametags – ID #, School, Team Name, Table Assignments
ACADEMIC GAMES READER GAMES:Presidents (5-8, 9-12) Propaganda (5-6, 7-12) World Events (5-12)
ACADEMIC GAMES AGLOA, Inc. www.academicgames.org MIU4 Website www.miu4.k12.pa.us
ACADEMIC GAMES On-SETS Teaches spatial relationships and set theory Players create/describe sets of objects: union, intersection, set difference, set complement, universe, null set
ACADEMIC GAMES On-SETS Each division level of competition introduces increasingly more difficult mathematical concepts for players Adds age-appropriate variations Players create solutions to challenge mathematical reasoning of other players.
ACADEMIC GAMES Equations Game of creative mathematics Involves authentic learning experiences and problem-solving at its highest level All grade levels use same rules
ACADEMIC GAMES Equations Each division of competition introduces increasingly more difficult mathematical concepts Concepts (factorials, fractions, averages, negative numbers, decimals) are used in all age divisions
ACADEMIC GAMES Equations Higher age divisions use negative powers and roots, imaginary numbers, and may work in bases other than 10
ACADEMIC GAMES LinguiSHTIK Name came from 60s and 70s when people enjoyed doing their ShtiK Language Arts game Challenges players to improve grammar, vocabulary, spelling and writing skills
ACADEMIC GAMES LinguiSHTIK Players learn to compose better sentences with proper grammar application Each division of competition introduces increasingly more difficult grammatical concepts for players to use
ACADEMIC GAMES Propaganda Players must recognize techniques of propaganda used in speaking and advertising Players identify techniques of persuasion used by politicians, editorial writers, and in printed materials
ACADEMIC GAMES Propaganda Players must discern truth from smokescreens Students learn to identify sixty common propaganda techniques
ACADEMIC GAMES Presidents Formerly called Mr. President Fact-based game Students answer questions about the personal and professional lives of U.S. Presidents
ACADEMIC GAMES Presidents Players learn how Presidents reacted to or changed the times in which they served Students answer questions about the families and colleagues of Presidents
ACADEMIC GAMES Presidents Students learn how Presidents were affected by political climates surrounding them Students develop an understanding of the historical context and other events in US history
ACADEMIC GAMES World Events Players learn about major political and cultural events of the most recent calendar year Students research and select resources surrounding the given theme each year
ACADEMIC GAMES World Events Questions in the competition include Current Events and Themed Rounds of questions Students use their own notes and other study materials for one round.
ACADEMIC GAMES Supports Needed for Success Coordinator for each school Secretary (registration, communication with coordinators, compiling lists of students and age divisions) MIU4 also uses a back-up secretary
ACADEMIC GAMES Supports Needed for Success Online registration Computer technical support Locally-created scoring program Electronic communication among all schools/coordinators involved
ACADEMIC GAMES Local Competition – SRU (October – February) Tri-Bowl usually held at Geneva College (March) Nationals – Oglebay, WV (April 2012)
ACADEMIC GAMES Contact Information MIU 4 www.miu4.k12.pa.us firstname.lastname@example.org Debora Dawson email@example.com
POINTS TO PONDER Open to gifted students only? IEP Issues: Goals/Objectives Grade levels involved? Which games? Number of schools? Number of students? Training for Coodinators? Teaching the games?
POINTS TO PONDER IU Coordinator? Secretarial Support? Printing forms for use at games? Cost per student (MIU4 - $8.25) Central location for games? Transportation? Manual scoring; Scoring software? Awards?
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