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AMSTERDAM - Een groep Britse scholieren mag in de klas ongehinderd de game Sim City spelen. Ondertussen steken ze er nog wat van op ook. Het populaire spel is aangepast aan hun eigen omgeving. De leerlingen krijgen de taak om enkele nijpende locale kwesties op te lossen.
De Fair View Junior School in Gillingham werkte samen met de makers van Sim City, een computerspel waarmee spelers hun eigen virtuele steden kunnen bouwen. Een speciale versie van de game moest voor de schoolkinderen een herkenbare omgeving opleveren, zo meldt de website van de BBC.
Volgens de schoolleiding is de aanpassing van Sim City aan de plaatselijke omgeving prima gelukt. "Ook andere scholen in de streek zouden hiervan kunnen profiteren." Bron: De Telegraaf
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A group of schoolchildren are learning about urban planning issues with the help of a specially-adapted version of a computer game.
Fair View Junior School, in Gillingham, Kent, teamed up with the makers of Sim City, which lets users play around with computer-generated cities.
A special Medway version was created to include recognisable local landmarks. Children use the game to learn about environmental and transport issues while redesigning their home town. The education-by-computer-game is part of a Medway Children's University course called Design A Town. The four-day courses have been run at Medway schools since 1998.
Teresa Murphy, manager of Medway Children's University, said the results of adapting Sim City for Gillingham, Chatham and Rochester have been excellent. "We wanted to see if it is feasible to use games software in schools for purposeful learning. "This could be a tremendously exciting development for all Medway's schools."
The software development also involved Medway Council and University of Greenwich geography student Matt Chinn. Bron: BBC News
Pupils redesign Medway
MEDWAY schoolchildren have been redesigning their home town thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between Medway Council and a major computer game company.
Pupils from Fair View Junior School, Gillingham, were using a special version of the Sim City software that had been customised with the help of its developer, Electronic Arts, to include recognisable local landmarks, such as the river, castle and cathedral.
Sim City is normally used to create a computer-generated city with residential, commercial and industrial areas, including power stations, police stations, hospitals and schools. The aim is to make the city as popular as possible with its imaginary inhabitants.
The schoolchildren were applying lessons learnt in Design A Town, a Medway ChildrenÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s University course. Medway Council was also involved in developing the Medway version of the software, along with University of Greenwich geography student Matt Chinn.
The aim was to see if the specially adapted software could be used for serious educational purposes. It is intended to help children learn about and understand such important aspects of urban design as environmental principles, transport, pollution and energy.
ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å“We wanted to see if it is feasible to use games software in schools for purposeful learning,ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬? said Teresa Murphy, Medway ChildrenÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s University Manager. ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å“The results were great. This could be a tremendously exciting development for all MedwayÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s schools.ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬?
Medway Children's University courses have been running since 1998. They take place every term for four consecutive Saturdays at a number of schools throughout Medway.
The next courses will start in June, and details will be available in schools. The ChildrenÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢sÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ University is part of Medway CouncilÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ¢â‚¬Å¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s Out of School Hours Learning programme. For more information, see www.medway.gov.uk/extracurricula Bron: Medway.gov