Title

The Effect of Minecraft Education Edition as a Study Tool on the Retention of Knowledge In High School Students Compared to Quizlet and Paper Flashcards

Author(s)

Zachary Vereen

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

10th Grade

Presentation Topic

Psychology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The productivity, attention, and interest of students in schools have dropped in the past five years, causing teachers and educators to search for alternative methods to use while teaching (Wexler, 2019). This issue of decreasing attention paved the way for new, innovative methods of study to be introduced into classes, such as Minecraft Education Edition (MCEE). This research compared the effectiveness of MCEE as a study tool to popular conventional methods, such as paper flashcards and Quizlet write. The results of this research can be used in the future by teachers who are looking to engage their students and apply immersive learning environments to their students' studies. Each group of students was assigned a different study method to use for a total of 60 minutes across two days, then given a free response test on the third day, covering all of the material they had studied. It was hypothesized that if three groups of high school students were given a test on chemical element symbols and names, one group having studied with flashcards, one group with Quizlet write, and one with MCEE, then the group that studied with MCEE would score the highest on the test, because the immersive environment of the game allows for more interactivity and more attention to the material. A one way ANOVA test concluded that the difference between the methods was not significant; F(1.39)

Location

Furman Hall 207

Start Date

3-28-2020 9:30 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 28th, 9:30 AM

The Effect of Minecraft Education Edition as a Study Tool on the Retention of Knowledge In High School Students Compared to Quizlet and Paper Flashcards

Furman Hall 207

The productivity, attention, and interest of students in schools have dropped in the past five years, causing teachers and educators to search for alternative methods to use while teaching (Wexler, 2019). This issue of decreasing attention paved the way for new, innovative methods of study to be introduced into classes, such as Minecraft Education Edition (MCEE). This research compared the effectiveness of MCEE as a study tool to popular conventional methods, such as paper flashcards and Quizlet write. The results of this research can be used in the future by teachers who are looking to engage their students and apply immersive learning environments to their students' studies. Each group of students was assigned a different study method to use for a total of 60 minutes across two days, then given a free response test on the third day, covering all of the material they had studied. It was hypothesized that if three groups of high school students were given a test on chemical element symbols and names, one group having studied with flashcards, one group with Quizlet write, and one with MCEE, then the group that studied with MCEE would score the highest on the test, because the immersive environment of the game allows for more interactivity and more attention to the material. A one way ANOVA test concluded that the difference between the methods was not significant; F(1.39)