CellEnergy Photosynthesis Labs, Andamio's recently released life science app, has received a 4-star rating from Common Sense Education, an independent evaluator of digital learning tools. CellEnergy received special mention for its scaffolded approach, its support of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) topic "Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems," its usefulness in addressing common misconceptions related to the carbon cycle, and the valuable opportunity for students to practice designing experiments and graph data.
According to Common Sense Education,
Our editorial reviews are based on a research-backed rubric developed specifically to evaluate the learning potential of digital tools. Our rubric evaluates three key qualities essential to great digital learning experiences: engagement, pedagogy, and support, including (but not limited to) how engrossing the tool is to use, whether it promotes conceptual understanding and creativity, how it adapts to students' individual needs, and how well it supports knowledge transfer.
The review was conducted by Emily Pohlonski, a National Board Certified high school science teacher in Novi, Michigan, who relies on her classroom experience, as well as master's degrees in educational technology and curriculum & teaching, to inform her evaluations.
CellEnergy was developed with the support of a multi-phased Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the National Science Foundation. Andamio Games partnered with life science teachers from Twin Cities area public schools to conduct a multi-classroom test in the Fall of 2018 that demonstrated significant gains among the CellEnergy students when compared to the control group. Results have been submitted for peer-review and publication to a national educational games conference.
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