Apps for Walking in Anothers’ Shoes – Students of color

Games for Walking in Another’s Shoes 

Group: Students of Color

Jessica Shelp, Victoria Currens, Erynn Barber 

Title: Darfur is Dying  Link: http://www.gamesforchange.org/game/darfur-is-dying/  Platform: Online/web-based  Cost: Free 
Benefits of the Game: This game makes an insight into what it is like to be a refugee in Sudan. This game will help raise awareness of the genocide in the area of Darfur. While the game is made for older students, especially those in college, it could be beneficial to high school students as well. This will help students learn about the situation in Darfur and help stop the crisis. Students can share the information quickly to people on social media and through email. 
Link to Content Areas:  I would link this with Social Students and Science. You can learn about the world and different situations that other countries are facing as well as some of the environmental aspects that allow for this problem to persist. 
Additional Comments: This game is blocked on my schools’ web-browser, so in order to use it in a school setting, you would need to make sure that it can be accessed in school. 

 

Title: Against All Odds  Link: http://www.gamesforchange.org/game/against-all-odds/  Platform: Online/Web-based  Cost: Free 
Benefits of the Game: This game focuses of the challenges that refugees face as they leave their home and look for a new life in a new place. There are a series of short challenges that could be very real for those who are looking for refuge in a new country. You look at the conflicts that refugees face in their home country, the difficulty of trying to cross a border into a new country and the problems they come across in their new life. This would be good especially with the conflict going on in our countries where many are trying to seek asylum in the US.  
Link to Content Areas: I would link this with Social Studies, looking into the issues that are facing other countries in the world 

 

Title: 3rd World Farmer  Link:  

https://3rdworldfarmer.org/  

Platform: 

Online/Web-based 

Cost: Free 
Benefits of the Game: This game provides players a perspective of the cycle of poverty experienced by farmers in 3rd world countries. It takes players through the process of trying to provide for a family with very little resources through farming. Players start off with very little money to begin farming, and due to the unpredictable nature of farming, the returns always vary year to year. Players are also faced with the harsh realities of not being able to provide and care for family members and even some of them pass away. 
Link to Content Areas: This ties in well with social studies, as it touches on aspects such as economics and lifestyle. It also would tie into math, as players are on a limited budget, trying to make the most of what they have. 

 

 

Title: Syrian Journey: Choose Your Own Escape Route  Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32057601   Platform:  

Online/Web-based 

Cost: Free 
Benefits of the Game: This game provides players with choices as to how they will escape from Syria and seek refuge in Europe. It enlightens the players as to the many risks associated with the journey and can be eye opening to students who are hearing about Syrian refugees or have refugees in their classes. 
Link to Content Areas: The game definitely relates to social studies, as it is focused around current events in the world. It can also be used in ELA classes, as there is a decent amount of reading that goes along with the game, similar to a “choose your own adventure” story. 

 

 

Title: Spent   Link: http://playspent.org/html/  Platform:Online/Web-based  Cost: Free  
Benefits of the Game: Spent introduces students to issues of poverty and homelessness. Players chose a job and are given a limited about of money to live for one month while faced with challenges such as trouble with housing and medical costs. 
Link to Content Areas:Spent could align with many ELA units dealing with themes of poverty. Students could write about what it would be like to live in poverty or write a piece to raise awareness about this topic, encouraging readers to donate to the Urban Ministries of Durham. Students could also investigate poverty in their own communities for social studies and explore budgets and spending in a math class. 

 

 

Title: Everyday Racism   Link:  https://alltogethernow.org.au/everyday-racism/  Platform:Apple or Android phone or tablet  Cost: Free 
Benefits of the Game:This game has students walk in the shoes of an individual who may be targeted by racism in Australia. The player will choose to be the character of a Muslim woman, an indigenous man, or an Indian student. The player will take on this challenge for 7 days and throughout the week will receive texts, tweets, images, and videos as if they were this character. This game will be beneficial to students because they will develop empathy as they learn what it may be like to walk in the shoes of someone from a different culture. 
Link to Content Areas: Students could relate this experience to the reading of a book in which a character is facing racism. A writing assignment would allow students to meet ELA writing standards while reflecting on their experience in the app. Everyday Racism could also relate to social studies standards. Students can compare and contrast the racism experienced by the character in the app to groups that faced this challenge throughout history. 

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