Quick and Easy

Quick and Easy

How can I use these support materials?
There's a lot of information here and you don't have to read every word in order to use Lure of the Labyrinth with your students. Check out the menu in the Educator section, read what you think will be helpful, and then get started with the game as soon as possible.

What if I'm not a gamer?
You don't need to be a gamer, but you do need to be a teacher! Most of your students will figure out Lure of the Labyrinth's game play with little or no help. But they'll need you to make the connection between the math in the game and the math in your classroom.

Is there really math in Lure of the Labyrinth? What kinds of math?
There is a lot of math in this game. And it includes basic pre-algebra topic areas like proportions, number sense, geometry and variables.

How does Lure of the Labyrinth relate to the mathematics standards?
The math in Lure of the Labyrinth was expressly designed to correlate with the relevant national and state mathematics standards. You can see each puzzle's standards connections here.

Why not just use a textbook?
Many educators believe that game play is especially well suited to teach certain kinds of content and problem-solving skills. That said, we still think textbooks are great. We just think textbooks and games are better!

What prior experience do kids need to play Lure of the Labyrinth?
Most of your students have all the experience they need because they're already gamers. If any of them do have difficulty with Lure of the Labyrinth's game play, try connecting them with other more practiced gamers in your class.

What computer equipment do I need to play Lure of the Labyrinth?
You need a computer that meets these minimum requirements, a web browser with the Flash Player plug-in, and an Internet connection.

How do I get parents and administrators to buy into using a digital game as a learning tool?
Let them know that respected organizations like the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation think digital games can be great learning tools. And then lead them to these articles that offer strong support for the use of games in the classroom.

How can playing Lure of the Labyrinth really help my students?

Playing Lure of the Labyrinth will introduce students to some core ideas in your pre-algebra curriculum. However, it will be most useful in preparing students for your more formal classroom presentation of its math content.

What's the difference between playing Lure of the Labyrinth as a game and playing its puzzles as standalone activities?
Playing Lure of the Labyrinth as a game is our preference because it uses all the power of game play to engage kids deeply in its math content. There are, however, also many good uses of puzzle play. You can learn more here.

What should be my role in relation to Lure of the Labyrinth?
We hope that during students' game and puzzle play, you'll be more of a 'guide on the side' than a 'sage on the stage.' That said, it is, of course, going to be up to you. You can start thinking about this topic here.

Should I use Lure of the Labyrinth before, during or after my classroom math instruction?
We believe Lure of the Labyrinth will be most useful to you and your students if it's played before your classroom instruction. It's going to help s-t-r-e-t-c-h kids' minds so they'll be more receptive to your teaching.

Can Lure of the Labyrinth be used as an assessment tool?
Lure of the Labyrinth is not a tool for assessing your students' math performance. What it can do, though, is to provide data about your students that you can then incorporate into your classroom teaching. And that, we think, will help to improve your kids' math performance.

How can I connect Lure of the Labyrinth with my classroom lessons?
The more you use Lure of the Labyrinth, the more ways you'll find to relate it to your classroom lessons. To get you started, we offer a set of lesson plans that were written around the game's math content by a stellar group of pre-algebra teachers.

What if I have a student who can't figure out something in Lure of the Labyrinth?
If at all possible, refrain from providing the answers! Lure of the Labyrinth was designed, both in terms of its math content and game play, as a tool for students to explore and make discoveries on their own. By asking open-ended questions, you can help the student discover the "answer" themselves.

Where can kids play Lure of the Labyrinth?
Kids can play Lure of the Labyrinth absolutely anywhere that they have a suitable computer and Internet connection. Playing the entire game will take your students a good deal of time, and that's why Lure of the Labyrinth was designed for easy use inside and outside the classroom.

Can teammates share answers in Lure of the Labyrinth?
No, they can't. Each student gets a different set of variables within a puzzle - every time they go into the puzzle. But they can share problem-solving strategies. And we think that can be a great part of the learning process.

Can I monitor students' communication within Lure of the Labyrinth?
Yes, you sure can. You can use the Administrator Tool to look at all the messages everyone in your class has posted. You can even post a message of your own.

Can playing Lure of the Labyrinth help build my students' literacy skills?
Yes, it can. Lure of the Labyrinth's very cool story and the game's Tasti Pet Communicator (TPC) provide great resources for literacy learning.

What's the least I can do and still use Lure of the Labyrinth?
Even if you have only a smallest amount of time available, you can still set up class lists and teams. This will give your students the chance to play Lure of the Labyrinth wherever they'd like and to gain some real educational benefits from it.