Video Games - Social Studies
Since the 1970’s and 80’s, computer programs like “Oregon Trail” and “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” have shown that video games can be used to help teach social studies. Public TV station WNET created the newest such tool with “Mission U-S,” a first-person, historically rich game that immerses middle school students in the lives of characters like a printer’s apprentice in Boston in 1770 and a Jewish immigrant from Russia in New York City in 1907. USF, along with WNET and WUSF, is helping Bay Area teachers figure out how to best use the game in the classroom. We’ll tell you how on University Beat on WUSF 89.7.
Mission US website
You can play the game for free after registering
Florida Center for Instructional Technology at USF College of Education
University Beat TV report on Video Games - Social Studies
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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.