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Doug, @wpmsad
HS Social Studies Teacher, West Prairie CUSD 103, Illinois
1:1 devices, Project-based classroom, and Low income population

My students were disengaged during our current events unit. I was looking for a way to increase interest while also gamifying my classroom. Fanschool.org's Fantasy Geopolitics accomplished both tasks for me.

Product Use: Fantasy Geopolitics completely revolutionized my students interest not only in current events, but global awareness as well. The fanschool.org platform allows students to keep updated on their countries current event scores with the dashboard. Numerous other resources such as maps and assignments can be shared between teachers across the globe. I have my students use the New York Times specific page of each country on their team.

What Worked and What Didn't: I have experienced infinite success engaging my students using fantasy Geopolitics. They have increased their global competence in a world where it matters more than ever. The fanschool.org platform has numerous activities on the website and I have designed several as well. The Super Bowl Media Days assignment worked very well last year and my students were extremely creative. I had a student who was being interviewed by his fellow classmates about Russia speak with a Russia accent for 20 mins during the Super Bowl Media Days while he talked about Vlad Putin and the dependence of the Russian economy on oil.

Age Group: High school students and Middle school students

Oct 1, 2016 Provide Feedback
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