## Breaking down systems of oppression, high school edition

I often have the opportunity to talk about sexism, gender issues, racism and other forms of oppression with groups of high school students while working as an outdoor educator. So cool! I've got a diversity handbook with activities, but they're starting to feel a bit dated. What are the best resources for activities, conversation starters and engaging ways to illustrate big, complicated ideas?

## Help me create a fake field of scientific inquiry!

As I mentioned in a previous AskMe I am a professor who has been developing a long-running, semi-realistic simulation inspired by ARGs in which the players will be challenged to make many business decisions over the course of several months in an evolving scenario. Without going into too much detail, the premise is that the students have been hired by a genius inventor who has created an exciting breakthrough technology and is interested in commercializing it. The name for the technology turns up nothing in Google (because it is fake!), but we want to make it look like a real thing. Help me figure out how!
posted by blahblahblah on Apr 23, 2015 - 6 answers

## What books or resources would you use to teach a kindergartner chess?

My question is twofold:
1. What books, websites, or other resources do you recommend?
2. Any tips for teaching a very young player?
He already knows all the basic moves and rules.
posted by axoplasm on May 28, 2014 - 15 answers

## Gamer teen to coder

A friends teenage (16) son is considering skipping university and instead training themselves to be a programmer, with a particular interest in making games. Assuming he's starting from scratch what would be some good cheap or free resources to get him started? Both in terms of getting the basics and allow him to work on a game-related project that might hold his interest?
posted by Artw on Dec 31, 2013 - 24 answers

## How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself.
posted by Richard Daly on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

My 5 (near 6) year old daughter is in love with her Leap Frog Leapad, which she got for Easter. She especially loves the photo features and pet that comes with it, as well as a Tinkerbell book and Dora game. She's wondering if she can have another game though - which we'd happily get her, but as they are rather expensive we'd like to get a good one that's worth it. So, what are the best Leappad and compatible Leapster games? OUR PREFERENCE: Educational, particularly reading skills. HER PREFERENCE: Angry Birds. Hmm, maybe not kid...
posted by Artw on Apr 26, 2012 - 5 answers

## Games for Learning

I'm interested in how effective edutainment (specifically using games for learning) is, and especially interested in critical articles or books about edutainment as an industry. Much of the stuff that I read is very positive about educational gaming, but I have a gut feeling that there has to be a negative perspective as well. Can anyone recommend resources that deal with this?
posted by codacorolla on Dec 7, 2011 - 5 answers

## How can I enter the field of educational games and technology?

I want to create (or help create) educational games, but I don't have a design or programming background. I'm more interested in the education/learning side of things. How do I make this happen?
posted by pourtant on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

## How to make a simple game for a 4 year old?

How to make a simple train-themed computer game for my 4 year old.
posted by signal on Sep 17, 2011 - 5 answers

## 5 minute games to play in class?

What are some great 5 minute long games to play with students at the middle school level?
posted by fantasticninety on Sep 4, 2011 - 20 answers

## Educational Videogames for Grownups

Educational videogames tend to be aimed at children and/or not much fun to play (and/or both). "Typing of the Dead" is a great exception. Are there other truly addictive videogames a grownup can enjoy while learning something? The subject being taught is irrelevant-- I'd just love for my gaming time to result in some sort of useful skill.
posted by yankeefog on Jul 6, 2011 - 13 answers

## How can I make my email class into an alternate reality game for my students?

How can I make my email class into an alternate reality game for my students?

## Best Junior High game to play with students?

Oh metafilter, what is the best 30 minute game I can play with my students?
posted by fantasticninety on Oct 14, 2010 - 24 answers

## Platformer games used for educational purposes?

Are there any examples of platformer games used for educational purposes?
posted by gwint on Sep 18, 2010 - 9 answers

## Recommend me a good textbook for an RPG class?

I'm teaching a class this fall on programming role-playing games. Help me find a useful textbook?
posted by SuperSquirrel on Apr 5, 2010 - 2 answers

## What boardgames and when?

Board-games for a small family with a girl, from ages 0-14 (where she stops talking to us and accuses us of ruining her life forever)
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 9, 2009 - 45 answers

## Best educational games for child???

What are the best kid games that are educational?
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 6, 2009 - 13 answers

## Help me trick out my kid's Mac

Help me trick out my old Mac for my preschooler.
posted by mds35 on Feb 23, 2009 - 11 answers

## What is this addictive game structure called?

There's a certain fiendishly addictive structure in video (and other) games, and I'd like to know if anyone has named it or researched it.
posted by argybarg on Jul 29, 2007 - 23 answers

## What products do you think should be modified for disabled?

What product or services (that haven't already been) should be modified for individuals with disabilities -- educational or augmentative toys, games?
posted by pallen123 on Feb 4, 2007 - 11 answers

## Interactive Whiteboard Games?

Teacherfilter: Our school has shiny new interactive whiteboards - fantastic, but we need to figure out what to do with them. I'm looking for (educational) games, applications and any bright ideas. Think of it as a big touch-screen PC and help us make learning more fun.
posted by grahamwell on Oct 2, 2006 - 8 answers

## Good websites for toddlers

Hi, does anyone have any good recommendations for great web sites for 2 to 4 year olds?
posted by itchy on Mar 2, 2006 - 15 answers