Using Mighty Play’s StudyAce Platform, Stanbridge Academy Captivates The Attention of Students with Learning Disabilities
For most students with learning disabilities, maintaining focus during study and learning sessions is an all too familiar challenge — one that threatens to obstruct their quest for knowledge acquisition and even their success as a student. One way of tackling this challenge is to bolster the student’s inherent desire to remain focused on learning by using games that incorporate relevant curriculum. StudyAce, an engaging learning game-based platform developed by Mighty Play, offers just that. StudyAce presents curriculum through customizable games, flashcards, practice tests and student reporting.
Recently, Mighty Play had the opportunity to pilot 5th through 8th-grade learning games at Stanbridge Academy, a K-12 school for children with mild to moderate learning disabilities, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teachers at Stanbridge Academy understand their students’ learning differences, and work to perfect strategies that develop their students’ academic, social and emotional capabilities. Pupils describe the environment at Stanbridge, as caring and filled with great warmth.
For the first run pilot, the 7th and 8th grade staff and students teamed up with Mighty Play to test out StudyAce. Corey Mann, the Middle School’s brilliant and passionate Math and Chemistry teacher, was armed with his hard-to-miss black stretchy hat, and his guitar, as he presented StudyAce to his students.
Corey used StudyAce in a variety of situations in his classroom. StudyAce’s learning games introduced students to new concepts, and also helped them review previously learned concepts. Pupils worked with StudyAce independently and in group exercises. Corey believes the best way to learn is to teach; so it wasn’t surprising when he tasked the students to create, combine and collaborate on their own learning games. Students then shared the games they made with the whole class. It was a privilege to witness Corey’s magic as he transformed a previously withdrawn student into an active participant with the use of StudyAce’s fraction games. One high performing student picked-up an interest in quadratrics while playing “Swipe It.” Under Corey’s guidance, another slow processing student glowed with the sparkle of success after she scored five out of five stars when she factored integers in “Tap Match.”
For Mighty Play the experience at Stanbridge Academy was a powerful reminder of just how educationally potent an engaging, content-driven learning game can be, when paired with an excellent teacher.
Learning games typically generate a lot of excitement and buzz in the classroom. However, as demonstrated at Stanbridge Academy, StudyAce creates a particularly healthy and effective learning environment, where students pay rapt attention to their lessons — so much so that there was nothing but silence in the classroom.