Overpass

Overpass

What if learners could practice developing argument skills at their own pace in a game-like environment?

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GAME-LIKE LEARNING Construct and cross metaphorical argument bridges of increasing challenge. PARTS OF ARGUMENTS
Identify different components of arguments, and verbal structures that strengthen a cohesive argument.
ADAPTABLE ACROSS SUBJECTS
Pre-loaded with 8 history levels and 8 science levels.
EDUCATOR AUTHORING
Interface for submitting custom sets of content and new content types.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING
Individual paces to leveling up.
CONNECTED LEARNING
Can be used in or out of the classroom.


Game-like Learning

Get your truck safely to the other side.

Learners are challenged to assemble stable bridges for vehicles to safely cross by matching planks (passages of text content) to posts (parts of an argument – e.g. main argument, supporting argument, conclusion) that teachers can create as game levels.


Parts of Arguments

Practice a variety of ways to structure successful arguments. 

Pertinent to the Common Core, students see the different components of arguments, and identify verbal structures and syntax that strengthen a cohesive argument. Gaining this fluency supports learners as they explore new models of constructing arguments.


Adaptable Across Subjects

Pre-loaded with 8 history levels and 8 science levels.

Supports all subjects areas.  Reinforce content knowledge while applying argument development skills.


Educator Authoring

Interface for submitting custom sets of content and new content.

The system comes with default sets of categories and sets of planks and posts. A flexible and modular backend also allows teachers to easily author content and add new content types (e.g. claim, hypothetical, etc). Sets of planks and posts can be categorized (e.g. Biology > Genetics > DNA) and sets of planks and posts can be shared with other educators using the system


Personalized Learning

Individual paces to leveling up.

Ability to “Try Out” crossing one’s bridge many times as interim feedback.  As learners advance through each level, the difficulty (ex. language, number of posts, water pit to lava fire pit, etc) as well as the number of required bridges to be constructed increases.  Future desirable features include additional forms of feedback hints.


Connected Learning

Can be used in or out of the classroom.

Overpass is web-based.  It can be used as a supplement within class hours or at home.

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