Edinburgh-based 3MRT is a company working in the ‘educational’ or ‘serious’ gaming sector, using games technology and techniques to create ‘accelerated learning software designed to improve the retention of information and exam performance of its users.’
Published by Mastertronic and co-created with the team at Denki, InQuizitor is based on the latest national curriculum and combine question and answer sessions with gameplay rewards which have been shown to increase a student’s knowledge of a chosen subject.
Apps are available for 12 2010/2011 English and Scottish curriculum subjects, with more in the pipeline. Each game offers between 250 to 1000 questions for each specific subject.
The InQuizitor iPhone and iPod touch range draws on key lessons from 3MRT’s web-based applications, which have already proven themselves in schools and colleges in the UK and US. Independent US research on InQuizitor in 2007 and a subsequent reference from BECTA in 2009 demonstrate that increase in pre-test and post-test scores for students using InQuizitor was over 70 per cent.
“The iPhone and iPod touch are perfect formats for the InQuizitor range,” says Euan Mackenzie, CEO, 3MRT. “By freeing pupils from the classroom we enable anyone with the appropriate technology to learn whilst having fun anywhere they like. Study can be done in short bursts, when you are on the move, making previous dead time totally rewarding.
“InQuizitor was co-designed by several members of the original GTA team. It is a cocktail of real gaming expertise and scientific methodology which has proven results. I’d like to think we were increasing kids’ desire and motivation to study using games. InQuizitor demonstrates how rewarding gaming can be when placed in the right environment.”