MGI 2011: The Week in Pictures
More games about frontiers: playinghistory.org
user reviews, a searchable database, grade
level recommedations and stills from 126 free history-based games.
Although US and Canadian history feature strongly on the site, the
offerings also include games set during various time periods in Asia,
Europe and Central and South America.
Also notable are the variety of civics-based games, such as Argument Wars, The Redistricting Game, and one of the highest-ranked games on the site, Do I Have a Right?, where players build and operate a Constitutional law firm specializing in the Bill of Rights.
Some other favorites:
- 1066: The Game
- Safe Harbor,
- SOS History
- Watch the
(Huanuco Pampa, Ecuador)
For traditionalists, yes, there's even an Oregon Trail
simulator. Scoring well with reviewers, it just goes to show the
classics never die.
Quick quotes from the Middle Grades Institute
Digital Natives author Marc Prensky gave the keynote speech at the 2011 Middle Grades Institute, featuring a panel of students who were kind enough to take questions from the crowd.
Q: "What advice would you give your teachers for next year?"
Change the way you teach, every week. --Alex, grade 8, Milton Middle School
Make it interesting, or we're just going to text our friends at our desks. --Kristen, grade 9, Winooski Middle School
Tune in next week for a full wrap-up of the event. Until then, have
a safe and happy July Fourth weekend!