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What is it? It’s an algebra

**game**produced by Tabula Digita called Dimenxian. You can download a**demo**of the game on the Dimenxian website. They also provide a list of alignments to NCTM Standards for Algebra with the game. For the record, the website says there is a trailer for the game… but I can’t get it to work, so if someone else figures it out, please comment on how to do it. I have downloaded the demo and tried the first “mission” … but I think I need more practice moving around and navigating in the game. From my five minutes of trial, it seems 90% game and 10% algebra, but perhaps that’s just because I’m not good at it yet. I’ve got some time trapped in airports this weekend, so I’ll give it another go and see if I can’t find more algebra in it.The game also does not encompass

**all**of the topics we teach in algebra (really, it seems to focus on topics related to graphing). But it does engage the students**and**they learn algebra (read the article, research on middle school students).However, I’ve been saying for a while now that college textbooks are only a few years from becoming multimedia experiences first, and books second (or not at all)… here is my evidence that text-based learning will be replaced (in some circumstances) with media-based learning experiences… and probably it’s coming sooner than you think! Give me a “game” that’s 80% algebra and 20% game and I’d be happy to test run it in one of my online or hybrid classes!

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