Minn. teacher uses fantasy-sports format to hook students on the news

02/4/2014 | Mashable

Fantasy Geopolitics, a game loosely modeled after formats of fantasy football, is changing the way students learn about current events in Minnesota social studies teacher Eric Nelson's class. Nelson created the game in 2009 and introduced it to his North Lakes Academy Charter School classroom, where it has been popular ever since. In the game, students select a team of three countries and then track news stories about the countries. "I'm 'gamifying' learning. I'm 'gamifying' news to get them over the hump and not see reading the news as some difficult task," Nelson said.

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