Students and teachers at Independence High School use digital games to build skills in classroom

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A handful of teachers and students from Independence High School are spending their summer creating digital games that will help build skills in the classroom. 

Everyday for the last two weeks senior Zachary Gaeta has spent hours building his new maze-style game. 

"Our goal is to make a mathematical game that can explain concepts," Gaeta said. 

Each of the games created are apart of a learning style known as game-based learning. Teacher Kip Glazer has used gamification in her classrooms before and believes game-based teachings will continue to grow the skills of students in the classroom. 

"Students gain better skill sets because it forces them to actually communicate and collaborate with others who they typically wouldn't be able to," Glazer said. 

Teachers are also learning about the new digital games. 

Counselor at Independence, Anna Calvio, is helping build a game to combat bullying. 

"I'm not going to lie it has been really hard trying to put it all together," Calvio said. 

The students and teachers will complete their games, Friday. If the pilot program is successful, teachers are hoping to integrate more game-based learning in their curriculums. 


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