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Triseum

Magazine article Internet@Schools

Triseum

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Triseum

Company: Triseum, 214 North Main Street, Bryan, TX 77803; triseum.com; 979- 773-8909; info@triseum.com

Price: Contact Triseum for institutional prices. Students purchase their own games for $34.95 using instructor-generated pass codes.

Audience: Triseum's current products are aimed at college-level art history, AP calculus classes, and some upper-level high school classes.

Format: Triseum's two games, ARTé: Mecenas and Variant, are educational, interactive video programs developed for game-based learning.

System Requirements: Triseum's games work on either Apple or Windows but do require newer computers. Using them requires an AMD A8-7410 Quad-Core APU with Windows 10, 8GB of memory, and 800MB of disk space.

The games can also be played on Apple's OSX Yosemite Version 10.10.2 with 1.3GHz Intel Core i5; a 4GB, 1600Mhz DDR3; and Intel HD Graphics 5000 1with 536MB.

Description: ARTé: Mecenas is actually a collection of games intended to support a traditional college-level art survey class. Variant is a third-person exploration video game based on calculus.

Installation: Installation involves instructors setting up students in their classes, sections, etc., giving them signup IDs used to purchase their own copies of the games. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Gaming has been a powerful motivation for learning that has not been fully explored for educational purposes. Triseum has developed two excellent educational games as part of its mission to inspire students to succeed through gamebased learning. Triseum has combined commercial game development experience with educational expertise, creating so far two new ways for students to learn using game play: ARTé: Mecenas and Variant.

To begin, instructors create classrooms on a game portal specific to their students, semester, and/or sections. The Instructor Dashboard provides class and student game-play statistics so student progress and engagement can be monitored.

Variant is an immersive learning game that teaches key calculus concepts in a highstakes adventure environment. It engages and motivates students while aligning with calculus textbooks and college board concepts. …

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