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Hi. This looks great! Thanks for the time and effort. I have my school looking at doing this with our grade 8-10? students, but need to know what security concerns their might be. Can you elablorate on that for us?  Thanks.

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Gordon,
Where is your school? I teach 7th & 8th grade in a suburb of Chicago and would LOVE to do this with my computer class. What subject do you teach? How do you view using this in your classroom?
I teach in a distributed learning environment, grades 5-7. So, while EVOKE is a bit old for my students (recommendation is 13+), I am always on the lookout for stuff like this.

I started using Quest Atlantis with my students last year. The phenomenal success of this has led to a need for others to find and embrace more "contemporary" approaches to education for my graduates.

You might want to look into www.questatlantis.org As for EVOKE, I will be considering it for my grade 7s as a Humanities unit for term 3. There are questions however about whether this is going to be an annual project that starts March 3 of every year...changes, expands, etc.

I'd love to hear about what you've been using and having success with.

Gord Holden gholden@nides.bc.ca
About two years ago I used the game, World Without Oil, in my high school social studies classroom. That was a great game and my kids were learning a great deal about the allocation of resources. There were no problems with the game but the school's net nanny stopped access from our school's computers because of fears that our students might access "inappropriate" material. Our school was nuts about that. My students had a hard time writing about World War II becasuse the word Nazi was enough to forbid access. They had to continue with the game at their homes. As far as I could determine there was never anything that could be deemed inappropriate for high school soph***res, 15 and 16 years old.
This is not directly related to using EVOKE in the classroom, but it is about another "Hands on" approach that has had phenomenal success.
http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/game1-catch-the-i-can-bug
Gordon Holden said:
I teach in a distributed learning environment, grades 5-7. So, while EVOKE is a bit old for my students (recommendation is 13+), I am always on the lookout for stuff like this.

I started using Quest Atlantis with my students last year. The phenomenal success of this has led to a need for others to find and embrace more "contemporary" approaches to education for my graduates.

You might want to look into www.questatlantis.org As for EVOKE, I will be considering it for my grade 7s as a Humanities unit for term 3. There are questions however about whether this is going to be an annual project that starts March 3 of every year...changes, expands, etc.

I'd love to hear about what you've been using and having success with.

Gord Holden gholden@nides.bc.ca

Sorry for taking so long to respond. I just received word that the side has been unblocked for my students. Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with them! I would love some ideas. I have to admit, I am a little overwhelmed!
Well, essays for the missions, doing research....geography for Japans layout, perhaps math could be involved with figuring out the needs of the population, science of ecology, plant growth, life cycles of animals and plants, chemistry, etc all could be a part of their plans to save Tokyo....you could either do one profile (if it is ok with the TOS of the site) that is a collaborative effort of the kids, combining the main points from each of the essays into one blog entry, etc.....or each of the kids could choose a pseudonym (for safety reasons) and have their own profile....I imagine they could also work in teams.....the sky is the limit.

Erica Roberts said:
Gordon Holden said:
I teach in a distributed learning environment, grades 5-7. So, while EVOKE is a bit old for my students (recommendation is 13+), I am always on the lookout for stuff like this.

I started using Quest Atlantis with my students last year. The phenomenal success of this has led to a need for others to find and embrace more "contemporary" approaches to education for my graduates.

You might want to look into www.questatlantis.org As for EVOKE, I will be considering it for my grade 7s as a Humanities unit for term 3. There are questions however about whether this is going to be an annual project that starts March 3 of every year...changes, expands, etc.

I'd love to hear about what you've been using and having success with.

Gord Holden gholden@nides.bc.ca

Sorry for taking so long to respond. I just received word that the side has been unblocked for my students. Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with them! I would love some ideas. I have to admit, I am a little overwhelmed!
What I did with my high school students in the World Without Oil game was to first identify a particular problem in what was an energy crisis scenario, say the ripple effect of fuel price increases through the economy. We would pose solutions and submit them for comment. What the kids learned fast, real fast is that all solutions carry costs and harbor implications they may never have considered. If I were still teaching I would do the same with urgentevoke. Let's say the class thinks that the West should send subsidized or even free food to countries having difficulty feeding their populations. Sounds like a good idea, until they find out that subsidized food distribution puts local farmers out of business. Why would the people buy locally grown food if it is being donated by other countries ? The donor nation now controls the developing country's food supply and can pressure its now client state to folow its agenda. Students need to realize solutioms to complex problems need to be thought through. Games like Urgent Evoke offer them the opportunity to see this.
I'd say have them register with Firstnames and pseudonyms for their last names. Choose graphics as their icons and there shouldn't be any real problem. Teach them password management with diceware, and don't use their home e-mails for e-mail. Maybe a class-wide e-mail address?
how about splitting them into groups, have them look around the site till they find something that interests them, and have them do a blog post a week about it or anything related or pertinent. Reward them for powers they get, allow them to present their ideas to class etc. I think evoke would be a wonderful platform in a school, one i wish i had access to when i was their age!
good answer to the original question ... and the first one ;-)

thx

Brian Ballsun-Stanton said:
I'd say have them register with Firstnames and pseudonyms for their last names. Choose graphics as their icons and there shouldn't be any real problem. Teach them password management with diceware, and don't use their home e-mails for e-mail. Maybe a class-wide e-mail address?

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