Earth Science Comes To Life With Video Game In The Classroom

Although From Dust isn’t out on XBox Live just yet, a video I recently saw of how the game works seems like it’d be a shoe-in to use in an earth science classroom.

This “God Game” (where the player is able to create an entire world) is an amazing example of how a science teacher could engage students in how land forms, why volcanoes and lava are important, the relationship between erosion and vegetation, and much, much more.

Who said video games weren’t educational?

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Gaming for N00bs in the Classroom

Xbox 360
For good or for ill?

I like video games.  There, I’ve said it.  Now that it’s out in the open, I need some help.  I’m contemplating bringing an Xbox 360 into my classroom, but I must have a good reason for it.  I sincerely doubt anyone would be to keen on me having a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2 bracket taped to my wall while we game all day long.

I’m sure there are games suitable for use in the classroom, but I’m just not sure what they are or how they might be implemented.  I teach social studies, so a historically based game would do the trick, but historically based games without a lot of bloodshed are kinda hard to come by.

So, I implore you: give me suggestions, and in return, I promise to blister the thumbs of America’s future.

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If you say “other”, reply with the title of the game.