How I Use It
I would use this visual parable as either an activator or a summarizer to a novel unit on diversity or a study on the differences between de facto and de jure segregation. Even as an adult using the game, I found it challenging to make all the diverse neighbors happy, and the messages inside the game kept me interested.
This activity would be a great, simple teaching tool. I love the fact that it is internet-based, thus requiring no setup, and that it teaches such a deep lesson about diversity in such a fun way. It makes the "player" consider his own thoughts about tolerance and prejudice, even with some simple shapes to guide the way. Even if you choose not to use this with your classroom students, it would be great for a church youth group or your own children as well.