Summary (Max. 200 words in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian)
In the Junior High School of Platanias during 2003-2004 we made an experimental effort to incorporate the simulation of battles offered by the game Microsoft Age of Empires (I) in the History course of A’ Class concerning the battles happened during the Persian Wars. The students will try to simulate the battles of the Persian Wars using in couples the simulation environment of the popular strategy game at the local school network. Before trying the simulation they will be informed through a multimedia application (HTML Based and our own creation) , for all the historical elements that the simulation degrades, as well as for all the essential energies that they should make in order to they achieve the simulation.
The presentation of the activity was also available in English and France
The activity awarded in "Greek Natinal Contest for Internet & Multimedia in Schools" as a Best Practice in Use of ICT in secondary Education
Summary of benefits and transferability (in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian)
With this action we aimed to: 1.Use friendly (and favorite) application for students, for the experimental realization of History course. 2.Prove the educational character that entertainment through a computer game might have as well as the important inaccuracies that are contained in games distributed in trade. 3.To create the conditions for collaborative learning between the students. 4.To lead students to the discovery of knowledge through research and collaboration using the educational model of “Learning by doing” . 5. To achieve curriculum using the wide range of information that could be contained in a multimedia application in order to lead students to multifaceted learning. 6. To arise Students’ concern regarding the computer games by examining (through their use) their advantages and disadvantages in the configuration of knowledge.
transferability During school year 2004-2005 we will try to materialise the action via the internet in cooperation with some Greek or European schools.
The objective for the next school years, is to extend the action in the course of History with the Battles of Alexander the Great, or in other courses with other games (i.e. Home Economy and the game “ The Sims ”)