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FETC to offer gaming for grown-ups: Tabula Digita will test educators' math skills when it holds its game-based algebra tournament at the 2009 conference.

THANKS TO TABULA DIGITA (www.tabuladigita.com), educators at this month's Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC; www.fetc. org) will have a chance to put their algebra and gaming skills to the test. For the second year in a row, the educational gaming vendor will host its DimensionM Multiplayer Tournament for educators at the annual K-12 education technology conference in Orlando.

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DimensionM games combine a popular mission-based, 3D game format with content aligned to standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (www.nctm.org) as well as several state standards. K-12 teachers, administrators, and IT staff will play Meltdown, one of the games available on Tabula Digita's DimensionM Evolver Pre-Algebra Multiplayer software. The educators will have to use their math skills to navigate through timed missions, quickly demonstrating a mastery of linear equations as they attempt to score the most points and move on to the next round.

To participate in the tournament, FETC attendees can sign up at the Tabula Digita-FETC Tournament Center, located across from Room North 220 in the lobby of the Orange County Convention Center. They can also preregister on the DimensionM website (www.dimensionm.com), where they can download samples of the game.

Qualifying rounds will take place every half hour on Friday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the tournament center. Ten finalists will advance to the championship round, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Each of the finalists will receive valuable prizes, with the winner taking home a site license for the DimensionM Evolver Multiplayer gaming software.

Tabula Digita's goal for the tournament is to give educators the opportunity to experience the excitement that students feel when they learn new concepts and skills using gaming technology, and to demonstrate that learning and applying abstract math concepts can actually be fun.

"Last year we had nearly 350 educators from 23 different states and Canada sign up for our inaugural tournament, and we expect an even larger turnout this year," said Ntiedo Etuk, CEO of Tabula Digita, in a recent statement. "It's important for educators to get firsthand experience with a teaching tool that students embrace and is proven to accelerate the understanding and comprehension of abstract concepts like algebra."

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Title Annotation:Florida Educational Technology Conference
Publication:T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)
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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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