How Simulation Games Can Teach Complex Subjects

How can higher-ed and high school students interact in online spaces and both learn? Dr. Jeff Stanzler uses simulations to engage high school and college students in a powerful study of geo-politics. Dr. Stanzler has seen students develop empathy for the very real people who are embroiled in geo-political conflicts around the world. Host Vicki Davis' students participate in his Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulations every September – December. Let's learn more about how simulations work.

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Jeff Stanzler – Show Notes #74 – How Simulation Games Can Teach Complex Subjects

Jeff Stanzler, a faculty member at the University Of Michigan School Of Education, advocates using games and simulations to engage learners in geo-political content.  He teaches about the Arab-Israeli conflict using simulations to stretch students’ minds.

High School classrooms form country teams and represent diplomats while at the same time college students are involved in the simulation from a pedagogical perspective. Both high school and college students focus on the political issues, use text for the simulations, and meet online at a webspace.

Dr. Stanzler directs the Interactive Communications and Simulations (ICS) group, while teaching in the teacher education department emphasizing learning technologies. He is also on the faculty of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Michigan Community Scholars Program. He does find a using a game is a good way to teach about this complex political conflict, cultivating citizens with geo-political empathy. He finds the collaborations between high school students and college students especially valuable for learning.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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