Today's insight from the BETT educational trade show is a website www.games-ed.co.uk
I spoke to a couple of people from the company that creates the Games Ed games, and I must say that I was impressed, as the game we looked at Sustainville was great fun, getting players to look at how to allocate scarce resources (funds) for a city/town and seeing how this affects the city in terms of employment, crime, environment, education, housing etc. looking at the different concerns there are in running a city. The game I played actually plays like Football Manager for any of you that have played that game you'll know how addictive it is. It in essence teaches about economics, geography, town planning, social issues amongst other things. If we had this in my geography lessons, it certainly would have been alot more fun, and initiated plenty of dicussions on how to best plan/ sustain a city.
For those of you who teach in this area or have contact with teachers in this field, this certainly would be worth taking a look.