AECT High Impact Talk presented at the 2017 AECT Internation Convention presented by Suzanne Y Ensmann, The University of Tampa
Games can educate while adjusting attitudes (Gee, 2008; Jones, 2008). Raising awareness and adjusting attitudes is the first step in systemic change. After years of research, a prototype of a game-for-change is born to lead change for children. A Way Home! Is designed for teen or mature players to experience injustices children face while navigating a way home. Players will learn about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty delineating basic rights children should be afforded, like the freedom of expression. All UN nations, but one, have ratified. Using real-life difficult scenarios, players choose if it’s necessary for that nation to ratify. Upon successful completion of the game, players master learning objectives aligned to CCS and iCivics.org lessons. Players earn assets as they improve self-efficacy and partake in civic engagement.
Join me in the next phase to engage learners in positively affecting social change.