Teacher Review For SimCity

Great app for teaching 5 themes of geography.

Stephen Z.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages
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My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used this app in my classroom in teaching the 5 themes of geography. It was the closing activity. The students had to create their own city on simcity. They were given an hour to create a city and in their building of the app they had to use the 5 themes of geography to describe the city. The students LOVED this activity because it incorporated games. The students struggled describing region with the app. But we compare cities to other students and that helped with the region aspect.
My Take
This app is not an everyday app that the students will use. The app is good for a project or independent practice . I liked using the app as a project because the student engagement was very high. The students were able to exemplify their knowledge of the 5 themes of geography by making and then comparing their cities. It must be noted the teacher must stay on top of the kids in order to make sure the students are using this app for educational purposes.