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26 Learning Games for Change

26 Learning Games for Change
Note: Learning games have really taken off since I originally wrote this post a number of years ago (right before the 5th annual Games for Change Festival). As a result, this post is past due for an update. If you know of other learning games you feel should be added, or have updates/perspectives concerning any of the games listed here, please comment or contact me. I hope to do a full update in fall 2013. Fair warning, you could easily eat up a big chunk of your day following the links in this post. Buy hey, you’ll be helping out the world a bit in the process. Here’s a list of the learning games I found : Web-Based Learning Games Karma Tycoon Developed by DoSomething.org “rocks the gaming world by offering you a thrilling ride through the world of social entrepreneurship as you earn Karma in virtual communities across the US.” Ayiti: The Cost of Life “What is it like to live in poverty, struggling every day to stay healthy, keep out of debt, and get educated? 3rd World Farmer Go Goat Go

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Serious Games for Homeland Security - BreakAway, Ltd - Award-Winning Developer of Numerous Real-Time Strategy Games and Technologically Advanced Desktop Development Software Incident Commander™ NIMS-compliant training tool for Homeland Security Disaster strikes a community through a severe storm, a chemical spill, a terrorist bomb, or a hostage situation in a local school. The game puts you in the role of incident commander, challenging you to coordinate a multi-agency (fire, police, EMS, HAZMAT, public works, operations, planning, finance, and logistics units) response using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) protocol. Best EdTech Games of 2014 Ok, let's be honest. The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer since the majority of these games didn't debut in 2014. Still, these 10 titles represent the best of what came across our desks at Common Sense during 2014. It's an eclectic group that I feel represents well what games can do for learning. So, while some do teach traditional school subjects, most go beyond these boundaries -- they build skills, challenge players' capabilities and thinking, and cultivate creativity. GameMaker: Studio

Moonbase Alpha Game Step into the role of an explorer in a futuristic lunar settlement... Your mission is to restore critical systems after a meteor strike cripples life support equipment. Explore NASA Lunar Resources to prepare for your mission. Moonbase Alpha is the first of two commercial-quality NASA games developed in partnership with commercial game developers.

50 Free Android Apps Being Used In Education Right Now I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of Apple products. But that doesn’t mean I don’t yearn for some of the fabulous features on Android phones too. Until the day when Apple and Google merge (ha!) FloodSim - FloodSim The Challenge In the UK, some 2 million households and 140,000 commercial properties, equating to almost 5 million people, are at risk of severe flooding. An interactive and stimulating solution was required to create awareness of the increasing risk of flooding through highlighting preventative measures and policies to drive home important lessons from the flooding events in 2007 to form future thinking and priorities. What we did FloodSim is an accessible online policy simulation that helps raise public awareness of issues around flood policy and provides feedback to insurers and policy makers about public attitudes towards different flood protection options.

30 Trends In Education Technology For 2015 Via TeachThought What’s trending up for 2015 school year in terms of education technology? iPads are still the standard but other platforms are making headway. How to study philosophy as an amateur Every once in a while, someone who has read the comic emails me, wondering how to get into philosophy outside of school. This should be a subject that I have some expertise in, since I never took a single philosophy class in college, and I am apparently knowledgeable enough to make a philosophy-themed webcomic, at the very least. But responding always leaves me a bit disconcerted, like I've given terrible advice, because what people typically ask for is a book recommendation as an introduction to a specific philosopher.

Food Force: The First Humanitarian Video Game URGENT: Syrian children and their families need your help The crisis in Syria is entering a sixth brutal year. For Syrian families, this somber anniversary means another year away from home, another day not knowing where their next meal will come from, and another night that children will go to bed with empty stomachs. Just $50 will give one child food for the next three months. Please donate today.

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