I sampled two video games from the history channel website to grasp a better understanding of what we’re studying this week. The first game is a good tool for teachers of geography in a game entitled “Place the State.”
This game, in part a puzzle, requires players to fit the state shaped image into its correct location on a blank map of the United States. There are no borders of the states on the map so players are required to place the state into its location precisely. The player is timed while performing this requirement. Once the player correctly places the state into its exact location on the blank map of the United States, the player is asked a historical question about that state.
For example, after a player has correctly placed Washington state into its correct location, he/she is asked from which country did Washington’s territory come from as a result of a treaty signed in 1846? Of the four choices, the correct answer is: Britain. The player can choose from a beginner, intermediate, or expert level, which correspond to the difficulty of the questions. This game would be both a quality testing tool or a fun competition for teachers of geography and American history. It is also a great way to brush up on America’s states and their unique history.
The other game, Top Shot, is a shooting challenge that requires players to hit an array of targets. A player can choose if he/she wants to shoot arrows at a bulls-eye or guns at clay pigeons or swinging targets.
The easiest version of the game is the archery version because the target is stationary and does not involve shooting at multiple targets, like players are required to do for both clay pigeons and moving targets. Another version of the game is called “memory challenge” and requires players to look at a board covered in different color squares. Then the board is covered up and the game asks you to shoot at the squares that you remember being red.