mPower used a large number of resources and was built upon five foundational resources. The Ministry of Education recently released a foundation document called 21st Century Competencies. 21st Century, or global competencies are the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in today’s connected world. The TVO design team incorporated a number of these skills into the mPower games including critical thinking and problem-solving, communication, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship as well as metacognition and reflection.
The Learning for All document created by the Ontario Ministry of Education, to ensure that mPower supports learning for all students “regardless of age, skills or situation.”
- The Ontario Mathematics Curriculum, as well as the Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, were used in the creation of the math games in mPower K-6 to ensure that they align with curriculum expectations.
- The Growing Success document which outlines assessment and evaluation and reporting
In addition to the foundational resources, mPower was field-tested by teachers and students across Ontario. Students were involved through paper-prototyping in which students offered feedback about game concepts and learning objectives as they played paper and digital versions of the math games. They helped decide on art style, environmental and character design. This process continues as the game iterate based on feedback from classroom teachers, ongoing play-testing and the ongoing research and development process at TVO.
In the Kindergarten program, four “frames” are used to structure thinking about learning and assessment the frames reflect the integrated way in which learning occurs in children’s play and inquiry in Kindergarten. MPower provides children with opportunities to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts through exploration and guided practice, most notably in the Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours frame. mPower provides our youngest learners with engaging experiences in authentic contexts to support their growing understanding of Mathematics.