Teacher Review For Possible Worlds

Possible Worlds Captures Attention, But Lacked Depth

Sandy W.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Teacher-led lessons
Great with General
How I Use It
At first glance, the game looked promising. The graphics were well-done and engaging. Directions were clearly presented. However, when I played the game, I was unable to make a connection to the value of the game. The teacher materials and lessons were excellent, but I lost interest in the game because of the difficulty in maneuvering through the obstacles. During the game, the player was challenged with puzzles that were supposed to explain molecular alignment in electricity.
My Take
The use of games in the classroom needs to serve a purpose and connect to the content that is being taught in an innovative way. I was disappointed in the actual game-play of Possible Worlds. I did not complete the game due to the difficulty of maneuvering through the challenges of jumping and running throughout the game. Additional teacher materials were excellent, but the game itself did not offer a strong connection to the science concepts being taught. Students that are avid gamers would probably enjoy playing the game but teachers would need to spend additional time creating a connection to science concepts.