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Childrens Instructional Computer Games

The main reason for inclusion in the top 10 was the impact a game had on the educational gaming field. A few of these are getting rather long in the tooth as far as games go, yet their impact is continuing to be felt in educational research that was foundational or is still revealed. On the other hand, new titles are coming out all of the time and this list may actually change in the future.

The factors for inclusion were simple. The game must be free and preferably available online. Some of the games are modifications of existing games (mostly Neverwinter Nights). So , mods are free but to run them you will need to buy the original engine. But that’s a minor argue since they are free if you already own the engine.

I'm interested in other titles, so if you have a favourite that isn't on the list, drop me an email and tell me about it. Eventually, I also included the learning objectives, host URLs, and my comments on the games. So , give these educational games a look-see, and consider using them in a classroom or other formal learning situation. And make me aware about it if you do.

1. Revolution
Type: Modification of Neverwinter Nights Gold
Learning Objective: Experience historical inducements for the North American Revolution from the grassroots level.

Comment: This is the game that started people talking about seriously using the modifiable Neverwinter Nights engine for tutorial purposes. Several papers were released on this game, focusing on its interactive way of teaching scholars about the American Revolution. It was maybe best introduced to teachers in a generally read article by Joel Foreman over at George Mason in the 1st issue of Revolutionize.

2. Re-Mission
Type: Executable

Learning Objective: Understand cancer better and develop a positive perspective toward defeating it.
Comment: It is a gigantic download, but well worth the wait. The game from HopeLab is directed at teaching young cancer patients about the illness and providing chances to augment understanding in a positive environment. It offers the latest in tutorial videogame design, with backing from a well-funded sponsor. Also available in Spanish and French, and can be ordered for free on CD by mail.

3. River Town
Type: Multi-user Virtual Environment

Learning Objective: Develop a understanding of the scientific strategy thru investigation and teamwork, as well as an appreciation for history and ecological problems.
Comment: One of the two big NSF projects for educational gaming on this list, with one or two years of study following its progress. This Harvard product is unreservedly available to colleges, but only on disc thru the mail. The team favors sending it to teachers wishing to employ the program in science classes. Chris Dede fronted the project.

4. Quest Atlantis
Type: Multi-user Virtual Environment

Learning Objective: Help scholars understand social studies, ecological concerns, current events, and scientific standards.
Comment: Although this Indiana University project offers a guest area where interested parties can explore the Quest Atlantis universe, the NSF-funded project needs teachers contact the team before allowing full access. Several thousand participators have joined QA, and research is continuing. Sasha Barab fronted the project

5. Arden
Type: Modification of Neverwinter Nights Diamond

Learning Objective: Reach an appreciation of Shakespearean authorship and Elizabethan England.
Comment: As a part of the Major Worlds Initiative over at Indiana School, Arden was initially funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Exec is Edward Castronova, whose book Manmade Worlds covers lots of the business and social problems in MMOs. Castronova has avowed that Arden is not very exciting to common game-players (no monsters to slay). Nonetheless the notion of exploring Shakespeare’s world should prove interesting to English majors and other fans of the Bard’s work.

6. The History Canada Game
Type: Alteration of Civilization III

Learning Objective: Understand social forces surrounding Canadian history since 1534.
Comment: O Canada! Down here south of the border, we barely know ye! However an initiative backed by Canada’s National History Society and The Historica Foundation intends to change that, for Canadians as well as those outside her borders.

7. America’s Military
Type: Executable

Learning Objectives: Teamwork, and a larger understanding of US military expectancies for recruits.
Comment: Critics. Decry this free videogame as a recruiting tool for the military. The Division shrugs its collective shoulders and says, “So?” In fact America’s Military has many fans with no military expectancies. One Ph.D. Applicant I'm employed with is a self-described “America’s Armed forces widow.” Virtually 3 gigs for the complete version; its free nature makes sure many advocates for several years to come.

8. Food Force
Type: Executable

Learning Objectives: Understand world hunger and efforts to alleviate it.
Comment: Classroom materials and directions are available on-site. Besides English, the UN-backed Food Force is available in (alphabetical order) : Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese[**] Norwegian, Polish, and Portuguese.

9. Whyville
Type: Instructional Online Virtual World

Learning Objectives: Offer a student-centered, hands-on environment for exploring assorted school subjects.
Comment: This Numedeon-backed product is aimed at elementary and middle school scholars, in hopes of inspiring “scientific discovery” and “social responsibility.”

10. SimCity
Type: Net-based

Learning Objectives: Understand variable manipulations for urban management while having fun building a simulated town.
Comment: Critics have attacked its oversimplification of urban management, but numerous children the world over have learned such truisms as the association between higher taxes and a discontented populace. Also, if you exhaust the fire departments ‘ budget, calamities will decimate your town! The first SimCity is available online gratis from Electronic Arts, with ads for the latest version, SimCity 4.

Finally a great ongoing resource for childrens tutorial games in Britain needs to be from the BBC and their CBBC aimed at small children and CBEEBIES targeted at even young kids.

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AP Environmental Science Current Event



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Digital Pdu 120v 20a Vertical


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Raritan Dominion PX2-1978 30-Outlets 14.4kVA PDU - 6 x IEC 60320 C19, 24 x IEC 60320 C13 - 14.40 kVA - Network (RJ-45) - Vertical Rackmount


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