Video Games - Social Studies

Bay area social studies teachers play "Mission US" to figure out how they might be able to use the game in their classrooms.
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.

More Information: 

Mission US website
            You can play the game for free after registering

Florida Center for Instructional Technology at USF College of Education
813-974-1640    website

Play The Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? at the Internet Archive

University Beat TV report on Video Games - Social Studies

Original Broadcast Date: 

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Wednesday after the 7:45 AM newscast | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Wednesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM

Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017. In addition to serving as a producer, reporter, host and assistant news director, he serves as Intern Coordinator for WUSF News. Mark has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992. He graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Telecommunications/Radio in 1994.

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