I’m looking forward to trying this out with students! City planning, engineering, politics and more!
Here is my colleague’s 6th grade Social Studies class using the popular open-ended game Minecraft to learn about history! We piloted this project last year and learned a lot more of what we can do. This is his second year doing this and its amazing! This project includes the recreating of ancient civilizations. The students are so engaged that they are not just talking about the game, but actually are talking about why those civilizations chose certain places to build settlements. The best part I think is where the students are learning how to work together. A lot of frustration and arguments do happen. Just like in real life.
Good video on Video Games & Education: