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    Ontario Students Learn Social Studies through SimCity


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    TORONTO — Ontario's elementary school curriculum spells out that all Grade 3 students must learn about the similarities and differences between urban and rural communities, although it leaves it up to teachers to figure out the best way to impart that knowledge.

    As unconventional as it might sound, some kids are getting a lesson by playing "SimCity" on an iPad.

    By Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Associated Press

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    Superbacon

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    I wish my 3rd grade teacher would have let us do that with SC2 back in the 90s.

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    katherman111

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    i wish my 3rd grade teacher would have let me do that with Sc4 in 2004

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    katherman111

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    of course heavily modded ;-)

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    Ishamael

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    That is just full of win and so boss!

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    simcityguy

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    man!!! if only i was a few years younger icould have been doing that too!!!

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    Evillions

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    Not gonna lie, Simcity does help with social studies. :)

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    Waterclaw

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    One of my tech teachers in middle school had Simcity3000 on every computer, whe could play after we finished. Of course I never had him for a full quarter DX

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    The Avatar

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    Now if we could only get teachers to use Civilization to teach, as well...

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    Tonraq

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    Well, SimCity has been part of our Geography class here in my school but for 1 grade 10 project only D:

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    Msprintz

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    Impressive, of course when I was that age there wasn't nearly as much technology in the classroom as there is now. The most advanced machines when I went to elementary school were those old Apple II's with the Oregon Train being a staple game that everyone played.

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    A Nonny Moose

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    One wonders which version of SimCity? I suspect it is the public one, which is not really all that great, but would certainly work for getting kids asking questions about creating and living in cities. A good start to learning some civics.

    Now, what program can be used to teach them to be civil?

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    Relentless

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    Simcity 3000 was another one of my elementary school teachers in a way. The three zones, power, water, terrain, land value (ah, the good ol' land value), finances, airports, wealth, crime, etc... oh and a jolly taste of 3000 music :D Boy, did I learn a lot!

    It's amazing to think what my life would have been like if I never ordered the game through the school's educational catalog (dominated by books). Even now I'm still absolutely baffled by meeting people who have no idea what a power plant is or does. <-- WOW!

    Kudos to them, I'm glad to hear my teacher is still alive and kickin'!

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