Big Deal Media

K-12 Technology
Game Based Learning Literacy
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Jun 17, 2019 2019-06-17

Mobile Learning

Story-based Game on the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Community in Crisis is a story-based literacy game in which students take on the role of director of a community center dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. In that role, students will need to work with their staff to prioritize relief efforts to best serve individuals and the community as a whole. They must talk with staff and citizens, keep an eye on their to-do list for problems to solve, and decide which actions to initiate. An in-game cellphone features the to-do list, messages from characters, a glossary, and a notepad. The game includes 12 episodes, which take 20 to 30 minutes each. Students visit various locations, click on hot spots, and engage in dialogue with characters or complete tasks. Near the end of each episode, an in-game assessment flows naturally from the storyline. In this assessment, students exercise their text analysis and reasoning skills while writing authentic correspondences, such as emails, thank-you notes, memos, and invitations. Some parts of the assessment are instantly scored; other parts include open-ended questions that require students to write original responses. These responses are sent to the teacher dashboard for review.

Gamification/Game-Based Learning Reading/English/Language Arts Technology

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