A mutual friend introduced me some months ago to Jen Harris and Scott Laidlaw. Jen and Scott founded Imagine Education to produce and market an amazing Math Game, Ko's Journey. I rarely promote commercial ventures but I sincerely believe in the work that these two are doing. If you think that Sal Khan is changing the world of Math education, then hopefully you'll agree that what Jen and Scott are doing is 100 times more important. Their interactive learning environment engages students in an experience of mathematics through the magic of storytelling and through the primal identification with the rite of passage experience woven into the plot of this very rich experience.
Ko's Journey has the amazing power to change a student's relationship to Math. Not many can claim that or deliver on that bold promise.
I could write for a long time about the importance of the work of Imagine Education but you're better off having your own sense of this powerful game. So, I invite you to watch this video.
After you've watched the video, listen to Part 1 of the podcast.
About Scott Laidlaw: Scott Laidlaw has a doctorate in education and brings a broad background in teaching, research, game design, and product development to his role CEO and Lead Game Designer for Imagine Education, and principal investigator for this project. An educator for 14 years at elementary, secondary and university levels, he has developed seven story-based, semester-long math games that were fully incorporated into school curriculum. He has done extensive research into human imagination and learning and as a graduate student, his meta-analysis examining the impact of study design in educational research won the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertations at the University of Northern Colorado.
About Jen Harris: Imagine Education co-founder Jennifer Harris brings 18 years of diversified management experience in finance and operations, including 12 years with Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Harris, who is a CPA and CMA, specializes in high tech software development companies and start-ups, structuring accounting systems, process design, and supporting the scalability of growth.
Ko's Journey was among the winners in the EdTech Digest 2012 awards program.