Games and Simulations

screenshot from McDonald's parody online game

I had an interesting conversation with a teacher about alternatives to reading textbooks.  I suggested considering using games and simulations as interactive texts, an idea I’ve blogged about before.  To give her an idea about the possibilities out there, I shared the following resources. – A good introduction to using online games including some very popular examples for comparison. – Links to lots of historical simulations. – Blog with lots of examples and other info. (Look down the right-hand menu bar for links to simulations as well as information on creating and using simulations.) – Games with a serious message such as the health, environment, etc. – Games that advocate for societal change. – Civics games exploring the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court, etc.  Some are very detailed. – A game parody that is critical of McDonald’s.  (See screenshot at top.)  A very nice example of social commentary through gaming.

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