Friday, May 16, 2008

Ways to Incorporate Tech into Your Social Justice Classroom

The Fingerlakes Environmental Film Festival out in Ithaca provides links to some really great digital games to use to prompt class discussion.

These were collected by Ulysses Meijias, and have been really fantastically useful for me:

Homeless: It’s No Game
You’re homeless and alone. Can you survive on the city streets for 24 hours with your dignity intact?

Karma Tycoon
Learn what it takes to be a social entrepreneur, and maximize karma, not profit, while improving conditions in virtual communities across the United States.

McDonald’s Video Game
A business simulation that aims to demonstrate the social and environmental unsustainability of the fast-food industry.

A video game about the politics of nutrition. Explore the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary United States.

Stop Disasters!
A disaster simulation game from the United Nations and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, this game challenges players to create a safer environment for a population.

Food Force
This humanitarian educational video game focuses on the subject of world hunger and the work that goes into feeding people.

Peace Maker
Inspired by real events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this games challenges players to bring peace to the region.

World without Oil
This is an alternate reality game (ARG) that involves the collaborative imagining of how a global oil crisis might actually pan out.

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