Teacher Review For Win the White House

Engage Students with an Campaign Simulation

Kris H.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, PA
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My Grades 12
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this game for many years with my seniors. The students play the game in pairs and we keep a running tally of their scores on a whiteboard. The game forces students to consider things such as the primaries and caucuses, the elector map, the role of money, negative ads, the media, etc. It has been a really fun introduction to our unit on campaigns.
My Take
Win the White House by iCivics is a fun and engaging way for students to learn how complicated it is to run for President. Students have to select a party and the issues that are important to them. They then need to raise money for the campaign, conduct polls, run ads and visit states. Students are forced to think about the importance of money, targeting ads and strategically thinking. The game is fun for all students even if they are not political junkies. I really like that students do not need a login, although if they create an account their scores and games will be saved. I also like how there are different levels for different ages (elementary, middle school and high school).