It has been said that history is one of the most important subjects students can learn, as it can help them predict the future. Still, young learners may have a difficult time accessing major historical events when they seem like little more than words on a page. Focus Eduvation recognized this divide for one of our major clients, and solved it in an unexpected manner.
Our outcome stemmed from the fact that the learners were able to engage in role-play and to unearth information on their own, rather than having to gain the information through static media. The enthusiasm generated through these learners’ experiences helped promote greater retention of the subject matter. Finally, our client reported success within testing and a great progression of the curriculum across the classroom.
Our approach involved subject matter experts directly from school districts who understood the importance of the historical event and the difficulty in portraying its gravity to young learners. After performing intensive research and fact-finding within the three represented school districts, our team determined that a completely immersive decision game would best appeal to the target audience while allowing them to discern key concepts through the scenarios presented. Our media and technology teams took lead roles in this project as they strove to develop gaming-level graphics and animations that meet contemporary standards.
Our resources developed mainly through our initial storyboard, which was heavily researched and reviewed by our subject matter experts in collaboration with all of our teams. Alongside the client, Focus EduVation debated and presented an overview that detailed each scenario of the game, proving that such a channel would be the most effective for learner success. After much evaluation through a prototype system, the development team set to work, using an existing interactivity shell that saved our client time and money. Our developers studied students’ usage and success before releasing the finalized version of this interactive history choice-based game.