How do you teach World War One history, battles and strategies to students who have the world in their pocket? In Mr. Church’s class, students are learning with a special version of “Risk.” In conjunction with reading about the “Schlieffen Plan,” (Germany’s plan of attack against France in WWI), the game allows students to be active in their learning. Here, teachers don’t stand and lecture. Learning is collaborative and students are engaged.
Mr. Church, who helped design the game said, “Rather than stand at a map and show students, I wanted to give them the opportunity to learn the history through doing. My other goal is to teach about the absolute randomness and chaos of war of this magnitude.”
As expected, the experience is a hit with the students.