App review by Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2012
Go Go Games
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Go Go Games

Encouraging, carefully crafted games help kids notice details fast

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Pros: Each of the three games is very distinct, yet all focus on the same essential skill.

Cons: Background music can become grating.

Bottom Line: Useful practice provides kids with lots of feedback and encouragement.

In the classroom, playing Go Go Games can help students learn to notice multiple features and differences, with just enough challenge and encouragement to keep them engaged. According to the developer, they consulted therapists, game developers, and educators when creating the app, plus, it was tested by 30 students on the autism spectrum who provided feedback on their experience.  If your students need help with this particular skill, Go Go Games can be a very useful tool disguised in fun, colorful games.

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Go Go Games  is an app with three games that help kids learn to notice differences in objects that are similar. Each game shows kids a set of objects (trucks, trains, or spaceships) and asks them to match an object with another that looks the same in three varied methods of gameplay. On the main screen, kids can choose between three games: Build-a-Train, Wheels & Roads, or Out of This World. Each game has unique characteristics, but the basic learning premise is similar in all three. For example, in Wheels & Roads, you guide a car along one of three roads. Each road has a sign depicting a car, and you identify the correct road by matching your car to the right sign. Match six objects correctly and you move to the next level.

In each game, kids are provided with simple spoken instructions and visual clues (if necessary), as well as cute sound effects and colorful images. The games were designed using techniques of Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT), an evidence-based behavioral intervention that, among other things, helps kids notice multiple features in the objects around them.  This skill can help kids learn in many ways, from reading to social interaction.

Kids can build the ability to distinguish between similar objects, an important building block for learning (and a skill that may be especially challenging for some kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder). These games helpfully provide feedback for both right and wrong answers, and give kids lots of encouragement with on-screen stars, level progression, and praising words surrounded by colorful, animated graphics.  During play, kids'll practice following directions, analyzing visual evidence, and thinking critically.

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Each simple game offers enough challenge and encouragement to keep kids with special needs engaged without getting overwhelmed.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Games are based on a therapy that helps kids improve the ability to notice multiple features in objects, and levels allow kids to feel successful and empowered.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

Solid feedback is provided for both right and wrong answers, and they also give kids lots of encouragement with stars, level progression, and praising words.

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Dana Villamagna Classroom teacher

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