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June 5, 2008

Sandra Day O'Conner working on U.S. justice system game

From Wired news:
"Delivering the keynote address Wednesday at the annual Games For Change conference at Parsons The New School For Design, O'Connor detailed a project she is spearheading called Our Courts, which she described as an "online, interactive civic education project for seventh- and eighth-graders" that familiarizes students with the legal system. O'Connor believes that America's youth aren't learning enough about civics, and thinks that the educational power of videogames is just the thing to change that....

The game "lets students engage in real issues and real problems," O'Connor said. It will allow them to "step into the shoes of a judge, a legislator, an executive -- teach them how to think through and analyze problems, take action and voice opinions to their elected representatives.""

Release date is scheduled for September 2009, and well known games in education researcher James Paul Gee from the University of Wisconsin at Madison is also involved in the project.


Posted by undergrad at June 5, 2008 1:22 PM

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