Materials for the AECT 2008 Workshop: Gaming for the Non-Gamer Teacher (Susan Stansberry and Liz Simpson)

Check out this new book! Games: Pupose and Potential in Education edited by Christopher Miller (Liz and I wrote a chapter for this great book)

Video Games and Simulations in the Classroom course

Games to Explore in Your Classroom:

The list below contains a mix of educational, commercial-off-the-shelf, adventure, strategy, and social change games. All of them can be played online, a demo downloaded, checked out of a public library, or you can borrow the full version from me. Enjoy!!!

The heart of the learning experience is, an interactive website that teaches core ad literacy concepts through an entertaining game with multiple levels and challenges. A curriculum was designed to equip children with the skills they need to recognize why, where, and how commercial messages are constructed and placed. The game is working its way into classrooms and libraries to assist children in learning this core, 21st century skill.

Against All Odds s g
The game which lets you experience what it is like to be a refugee.

Argument Wars
In Argument Wars, you debate historical Supreme Court cases by advancing arguments and backing them up with supports. Play New Jersey v. T.L.O., Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Texas v. Johnson, or Gideon v. Wainwright today!

Ayiti: The Cost of Life
Ayiti: The Cost of Life focuses on the issue of poverty as an obstacle to education and uses the country of Haiti as a case study. The game and its associated curriculum were released through UNICEF’s Child Alert: Haiti website and TakingITGlobal’s network of over 170,000 educators worldwide. Curriculum material is available for educators.

Bridge It
Bridge It is a simulation game that has been developed by Auran, one of the larger Brisbane based games companies. The game provides the player with the task of designing and constructing bridges in the picturesque surroundings of colourful deserts and dense forests. The graphics within this game are stunning and the game play is great. Once you’ve completed construction of your bridge, you can watch in eager anticipation as motorists, freight trains and tourist riverboats approach. Players are able to see just how effective their designs are, as their solutions are put to the test.

Centre of the Cell
Take on the role of a cell in a flu epidemic outbreak

The China Game
Geography based china history quiz game. This flash interactive is based on the board game Feilong: The China Game. A fun-to-play educational game expressly designed for Families with Children from China, Asian Studies educators and students, and others interested in testing and expanding their knowledge of the culture and history of one of the world's most fascinating countries - CHINA.

Darfur is Dying
Darfur is Dying is a narrative-based simulation where the user, from the perspective of a displaced Darfurian, negotiates forces that threaten the survival of his or her refugee camp. It offers a faint glimpse of what it’s like for more than 2.5 million who have been internally displaced by the crisis in Sudan.

Do I Have a Right?
Do I Have a Right? explores the Bill of Rights in the context of operating and growing a Constitutional law firm from obscure to distinguished status. Hire lawyers with special talents and areas of expertise and assign them to distraught clients with legal quandaries of varying validity. Wield the Bill of Rights like a high power microscope, examine a variety of fun and quirky legal cases, and ultimately become a prestigious purveyor of expert legal advice.

eLECTIONS: Your Adventure in Politics
Run your own campaign as a Presidential candidate

Electro City
ElectroCity is an online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It’s great fun to play and also teaches players all about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand.

Flight to Freedom
Slavery, according to historian and sociologist Orlando Patterson, was social death. This was especially so of the slavery practiced in the United States from its very founding as a colonial empire in 1609, to 1865, when ended the bloody struggle which abolished the institution and united the nation. During the three and one-half centuries of slavery's existence, millions of African-descended people were torn from their homes, separated from family and community, and brutally put to the lash for profit. These Africans resisted. In nearly every conceivable way, they registered their protest against their enslavement. One of the most important ways they resisted was to remove their labor from the reach of their masters. By running away — by "stealing themselves" — they not only deprived their taskmasters of their labor, they escaped the dehumanizing work regime of servitude, and sometimes found new lives in freedom. This website has been designed to capture a sense of that experience.

Garbage Dreams
The documentary Garbage Dreams goes inside the world of Egypt’s Zaballeen (Arabic for “garbage people”). The Garbage Dreams Recycling game invites players to take on the role of the Zaballeen, who impressively recycle 80% of the trash they collect. Take on the Role of the Zaballeen. Start with one neighborhood, one factory, and one hungry goat. You have 8 months to build your recycling empire and get Cairo’s total recycling as high as you can. Can you be as eco-savvy as the Zaballeen?

iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.

The Jamestown Online Adventure
In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World. They settled in what is now the state of Virginia and called their colony first James Fort, and then James Towne, in honor of James I, the King of England. The early years of the colony were nearly a total disaster. Almost half of the settlers died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians. You are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony:Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company's Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice. Be careful, though, because some advice is better than others!

Lewis and Clark Expedition
It is 1804. U.S. President Thomas Jefferson has asked Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition across western North America—unknown territory for all but Indians. The goals: map the rivers, make friends with natives, open the West to trade, and look for a Northwest Passage (an easy water route from coast to coast). Lewis and his colleague William Clark have chosen a special team for the journey, and you’re invited! Up to the challenge?

NationStates is a nation simulation game. Create a nation according to your political ideals and care for its people. Or deliberately oppress them. It's up to you.

One Ocean Interactive
Launched in conjunction with the four-part, award-winning series “One Ocean”, users can enter the ocean and design their own experiences. Features expert resources and virtual 3 D underwater habitats.

Real Lives 2010
Real Lives is an interactive life sim that enables you to live one of billions of lives in any country. Through statistically accurate events, Real Lives brings to life different cultures, political systems, economic opportunities, personal decisions, health issues, family issues, schooling, jobs, religions, geography, wars, and periods of peace.

The Redistricting Game
The Redistricting Game is designed to educate, engage, and empower citizens around the issue of political redistricting. Currently, the political system in most states allows the state legislators themselves to draw the lines. This system is subject to a wide range of abuses and manipulations that encourage incumbents to draw districts which protect their seats rather than risk an open contest.

Rwanda simulation
Ever heard the expression “walk a mile in another person’s shoes”? This is what this game is about. It’s also a test to see how you would survive as the head of a child family in Rwanda. There are hard decisions to make and the wellbeing of your whole family depends on you.

Sea Turtles and the Quest to Nest
Help protect Loggerhead sea turtles and their habitat, so they can survive. Play and find out how people and animals affect each other.

Underground Railroad
You are a slave. Your body, your time, your very breath belong to a farmer in 1850s Maryland. Six long days a week you tend his fields and make him rich. You have never tasted freedom. You never expect to. And yet . . . your soul lights up when you hear whispers of attempted escape. Freedom means a hard, dangerous trek. Do you try it?

Where Rivers Meet the Sea
Oscar the sea otter is on a journey to save his home. Join Oscar and friends in their efforts to restore the estuary he lives in.

Wolf Quest
The Minnesota Zoo and eduweb have partnered to develop WolfQuest, an innovative project that brings the immersive, compelling drama and action of video games to informal science learning while creating a model for nationwide distribution. Designed for players age nine to adult, WolfQuest teaches wolf behavior and ecology through exciting gameplay and intense social interactions.

America’s Army
Cyber Airlines
Cyber Nations
Darfur Is Dying
Development Challenge from World Bank
Drill/Reinforcement Games for all Content areas
Drill/Reinforcement Skill Builder Games
Games for Change
Global Island
Lemonade Stand Simulation
Making History National Geographic’s Interactive Adventure Games
NationStates (Build a nation simulation game)
Primary Games
Quest Atlantis
River City
Sim City Classic Online
Simulations List of Game Demos
Social Impact Games (over 200 listed on this site)
Space Lander
Stop Disasters!
Wall Street Survivor

80 Days
1872, with a steampunk twist. Phileas Fogg has wagered he can circumnavigate the world in just eighty days.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Immerse yourself in the touching story of four unsung heroes swept up by World War 1 in this unique interactivegraphic novel that combines action, puzzles and adventure.