Can a Child’s Creativity and Persistence be Assessed by a Game?

Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift, Dec 26, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A 'stealth assessment' is "seamless and ubiquitous, providing important feedback to the student and creating a model of the learner that can help teachers tap the individual needs of each student." Consider, for example, the Physics Playground, where the laws of physics act as a pervasive force in the background, silently determining whether the scenario has been correctly constructed. Katrina Schwartz observes, "The key is to create a game that teaches the concepts students need to learn without messing up the unique engagement that good games provide."

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