Bells & Bug-Offs: The Benefits of Animal Crossing New Horizons and Why This Doesn’t Equal In-Class Play

Bells & Bug-Offs: The Benefits of Animal Crossing New Horizons and Why This Doesn't Equal In-Class Play

Diana MaliszewskiRoom 3

Animal Crossing New Horizons is a video game that has found unexpected popularity during the pandemic. There are many wellness benefits and natural connections to various aspects of the curriculum (media literacy, numeracy, social studies, etc.). It has also been an unexpected source of equity activism, and political/social discourse. This presentation/guided discussion highlights some of the thinking and learning possibilities to this game but also suggests an odd twist; think twice before turning it into your classroom focus. Your presenter has logged over 85 hours (and counting) of time on the game and, as a founding member of the GamingEdus, has some insights to share. (For a sneak peek, see http://mondaymollymusings.blogspot.com/2020/05/animal-crossing-new-horizons-popularity.html)

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