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Florence School District One schools adopt video game learning program

Three Florence school district one school, Royall Elementary, Sneed and Williams Middle Schools, are using Legends of Learning, a game based program. (WPDE)

Video games in the classroom? Parents, don't worry, it's all about education.

Three Florence School District One school, Royall Elementary, Sneed and Williams Middle Schools, are using 'Legends of Learning,' a game-based program.

They started the program this school year and it's meant to increase student participation and information retention in science.

Teachers can assign games through the program during class or even for homework.

The best part for teachers is an assessment setting that makes it easy to see where a student is and what they need help with.

Royall Elementary School Principal Julie Smith says children love technology and integrating it with school work just makes sense.

"Video games are--I guess, we're all coming to recognize they're not all bad, that video games and gaming is a great way to capitalize on children's interest," Smith said.

It's too early too tell if the program has improved test scores, but Smith says a study by Vanderbilt University shows students who use the program made a six-month gain over what was predicted.

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