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Darfur is Alive and Dying in the Classroom

by exquisite.corpse on Oct 08, 2012 at 10:40 PM}
Today I actively used in the classroom the darfurisdying website for my university students as we had been exploring the International Criminal Court and the great documentary The Reckoning (stream for free with account set up by skylight pictures). The students really didn't understand about the genocide in Darfur, so I thought playing the game live in the smart classroom might help. I got volunteers from the student cohort by offering extra credit and asking each as he or she walked in today "Are you a gaming king/queen?"

I asked students to note the survival odds when age and gender were factored in. About 60% of the students did not survive the first water run.

The students are doing a simple paper on The Reckoning this week, and I am offering extra credit for those who add a couple of paragraphs about how this game contributed to their understanding of the situation in Darfur.

I teach "film as text" and have for several years. I am considering adding "game as text" and other forms of media to my curricular considerations.

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While I have already stated my personal opinion of the game (I didn't exactly pull any punches), I am beginning to see how this could be used in the classroom if used properly. I'm proud of you. Keep it up!
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