Assassin’s Creed becomes tool for teaching history
Video games continue to find more uses than just as time-killers
If anyone thinks that video games are “just for fun” or are only good to “kill time,” they would be sadly mistaken. There is mounting evidence that video games can be serious tools in an education environment and several schools around the country have already begun to turn to gaming to inspire learning. A school in Richmond, California sees the value, and has started to use video games to teach history. Not just any video game, though – Assassin’s Creed is helping students learn about ancient Greece.
Students at Kennedy High School in Richmond are able to take the “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Discovery Tour.” It doesn’t include any of the violence normally found in the video game and, instead, offers a chance to learn in an environment that the students can relate to and which fosters concentration.
The project is possible thanks, in part to Ubisoft Montreal. The company may not be directly involved in the games’ creation, but its titles are being repackaged vie Calculus Roundtable, a learning-based nonprofit organization, to make them school- and education-friendly, and the program is paying off.
In the game, students are able to control an avatar as the explore 500 BC Greece. They get a taste for the Acropolis full of worshippers, as well as what Athens looked like before being overcome by time and conflict. They can even have a short conversation with Socrates and learn all about Greek civilization in the period.
Assassin’s Creed is just one game in an entire series that is being produced, and the novel approach to education seems to be paying off and the teachers seem to be onboard, as well. Perhaps, ten years from now, everyone will be using video games to learn in the classroom.