Thursday, June 5, 2008

Supreme Court Justice Into Video Games?

During her recent keynote speech at the Games For Change conference, Sandra Day O’Connor, the former Supreme Court Justice, announced her plans to create an edu-game to help teach kids about the American justice system. She's involved in creating an online game called "Our Courts", which will be a free online game, in which kids argue real legal issues applying real laws.

O’Connor gave the keynote speech at the annual Games For Change conference, hosted by Parsons The New School For Design, where she revealed her new project, a videogame called Our Courts, slated for a 2009 release. It will be an “online, interactive civic education project for seventh and eighth graders,” but essentially, it’s a videogame designed to educate kids about the American legal system.

In her speech O’Connor lamented that the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 created a lack of civics education in public school systems. She thinks that videogames might just be a way to reach kids and inform them about the judiciary branch of the government.

O’Connor will be working with professor James Paul Gee to create the game, which will help students “step into the shoes of a judge, a legislator, an executive—teach them how to think through and analyze problems, take action and voice opinions to their elected representatives.”

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