Genius Hour Blog Post #1 (2/15/2016)

Kelly and I are planning to do our Genius Hour project on different video games and apps that are fun for kids but also can teach them. Particularly, we are going to focus on games that can help students practice skills they will use in real life. We think this is super relevant because it shows that K-12 students can do a lot of meaningful learning outside of school, while still having fun. It’s very relevant to K-12 students because there is no way they can possibly learn everything in school- they must learn and practice some things outside of the classroom.

For apps, we are going to look into Roller Coaster Tycoon and GarageBand. Roller Coaster Tycoon is a fun game in which you build and maintain your own theme park. This shows students time and money management skills. They can also be creative in the design of their parkland roller coasters. We are also going to showcase GarageBand, an app that lets kids explore different musical instruments and editing tools.

We will also be exploring the internet games Lemonade Stand and Traveler IQ Challenge. Lemonade Stand, in a similar way to Roller Coaster Tycoon, teaches kids how to manage their time and money while running a  lemonade stand. They must adjust prices and buy supplies. Traveler IQ Challenge is a fun game in which kids are given the name of a location and must try and get as close as possible on a map. This helps kids learn about the world and the geography of different areas.

For more info on this topic, check out @EducationalGame and @coolmathgamess on Twitter. Also explore the hashtags #educationgames and #funmath.

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