Teacher Review for National Geographic Education: Games

Interactive Ways to Expand Students Knowledge on Relevant Topics in Science

Barbara H.
Former Education Content & Professional Development Manager Common Sense
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My Rating
Learning Scores
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
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used National Geographic's Educational Games for reinforcement and expansion activities with my students. I have used most of the Forces of Nature models with my freshmen Earth/Environmental Science students. There is a module for tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes. I created guides for my students to work through the modules because with out guidance my students would either flip through the information too quickly or they would have difficulty finding the main ideas for each module. I have also used the Human Footprint Interactive after discussing ecological footprints and showing students clips from the original movie. I am interested in using the Plan it Green module with my classes during our sustainability lessons or as a review before our final exam. What the World Eats Module is great for my AP Environmental Science students to get a visual on what people eat in different parts of the world and we can expand on how what we choose to eat has implications beyond the kitchen table.
My Take
I really enjoy the modules and I am constantly trying to work more into my curriculum. The modules are either a great way to introduce a topic or to have the students independently explore the content we are learning in class. For the Forces of Nature Interactive students really enjoy building their own tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes in the end. If there is a way to expand on this feature and make it more interactive students would really benefit from it. Students really love seeing how their habits compare to the US averages and people in other countries with the Human Footprint Interactive. Linking it to the Human Footprint Video and Ecological Footprints makes for a great lesson. Unfortunately like all things the video is starting to be a little outdated because most students don't read newspapers or magazines on paper anymore but get their information in a digital format.