Minigames Developing Global and Cultural Awareness
The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, also known as LXB, is a team of teen bloggers from China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam who are traveling through Asia to track down a mysterious criminal mastermind known as The FOX. The FOX has been stealing important cultural landmarks and objects all across Asia, and searches for him have proved fruitless. What The FOX doesn’t know is that the teen bloggers from the four Asian countries have teamed up to bring him to justice. Students can join these teen bloggers by taking on the role of Agent X, an honorary fifth member of the LXB. Working together, they will travel online to each LXB member’s home country and investigate clues left behind by The FOX. As they assemble and follow the clues in each minigame, students learn about the particular country they’re visiting, while cracking the code to capture The FOX. Students can play the minigames for each country via the mobile web, or they can download the freeapp for iPhone and iPad by TestTube Games. Developed by Boston Children’s Museum, The League of Extraordinary Bloggers is part of The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of
digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM
resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned
to the most in 2018.
One of the most powerful moments in my 22 years of teaching occurred on the last day of the school year.
During the first week of school, my students in rural Pennsylvania played a game via Skype with a group of students in a rural Kenyan village. During that call, they learned of a bridge in the village so dangerous that many children were not able to go to school because of it. Over the course of the school year, the children in Kenya taught my students how to garden. In exchange, my students designed and fundraised to replace that bridge.
Based on the National Gallery of Art’s “Art Around the Corner” professional development program for teachers in Washington, DC, this five-part online “Artful Thinking” course provides everything teachers need to begin creating a culture of critical thinking and collaboration for any classroom, subject, or level.