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Harvard 2007 - 'I Need a Green Axe': Video gaming in Gocial Studies


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Evans, M. & Barbour, M. K. (2007, February). 'I need a green axe': Video gaming in social studies. Roundtable presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Research Conference, Boston, MA.

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Harvard 2007 - 'I Need a Green Axe': Video gaming in Gocial Studies

  1. 1. I Need A Green Axe Reinforcing Social StudiesContent By Using Video Games
  2. 2. Presented By Mark Austin EvansCo-Authored by Michael K. Barbour
  3. 3. My Classroom Experience• Worked at the Dekalb Truancy School in Atlanta, Georgia.• Conversations about video games led me to a pedagogy of using them.• SimCity and the Women who love it.
  4. 4. A Brief Discussion of Millenials • Prensky, Gee, and Squires • Born in the early 80s. • Anyone before them is a digital immigrant. • Bring extraordinary skills to the classroom if exposed. • Major problem is the digital class divide.
  5. 5. What Is an MMORPG• Massive Multi-Online Role Playing Game.• You become a hero or heroine and explore a digital world.• Your actions have consequences to them.
  6. 6. A Brief Description of Guild Wars• Three Installments of an award winning game.• Uses mythology of Europe, Asia and Africa as the back drop for the game.• Allows players to create many different avatars/characters.
  7. 7. How Will This Work in: Economics Three Economic Principles Most Missed on EOCT • Market Price • Bartering • Opportunity Cost
  8. 8. How Will This Work in: Civics• Cooperation• Differentiate Between Duties and Responsibilities• Teaching Democracy• Practice Social Justice
  9. 9. How Will This Work in: Geography • Cardinal directions • Landforms • Vocabulary
  10. 10. How Will This Work in: History• Aware of timeline.• Actions have consequences.• Use of hermeneutics to be successful in the game.
  11. 11. Conclusions• Students who correlated video games with content faired better on EOCT than those who did not.• Teachers who were familiar with MMORPGs were able to reach students who historically are left out.• Much more work needs to be done.
  12. 12. Future Research Topics • Race and Gender topics in picking of Avatar. • Practicing Social Justice online and translating that into the “real world.”
  13. 13. Thank You Mark Austin Evans Michael K. BarbourHarvard, Spring 2007