Games in the History Classroom
Thomas Heaney
United States
Quincy
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As a teacher, I am always trying to find new ways to involve students and new approaches to learning, and as a gamer I am always sensitive to the possibilities of teaching with games. Now, most games cannot “teach” history – they are best used to teach geography and help understand certain concepts. A game -- or more accurately a simulation -- that really teaches history would, generally speaking, be far too complicated for use in the classroom.

For these reasons, I have tried to play games that are relatively easy to learn, and have a significant amount of player-interaction. In particular, I had been looking for a game to play during the first week of classes when I’m trying to get students to loosen up, have fun, and get to know one another. (I found what I was looking for . . . see below.)

PS I’m going to make another list for future suggestions.
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1. Board Game: Empire Builder added by theaney on 2004-05-27 13:36:08
2. Board Game: Railway Rivals added by theaney on 2004-05-27 13:36:08
3. Board Game: TransAmerica added by theaney on 2004-05-27 13:36:08
4. Board Game: Origins of World War II added by theaney on 2004-05-27 13:36:08
5. Board Game: Mesopotamia: Birth of Civilisation added by theaney on 2004-05-27 13:36:08
6. Board Game: A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-65 added by theaney on 2004-05-27 13:36:08
7. Board Game: Geronimo added by theaney on 2004-05-27 13:36:08
8. Board Game: Business Strategy added by theaney on 2004-05-27 13:36:08