What happens when you put a lot of teachers in a room and teach them how to play microscope in the classroom? You get this-
A giant humongous timeline of World War II. With spies, lots of spies. This weekend I attended a history teacher conference and taught microscope 3 times to different groups of teachers. At each one they loved playing the game and wanted to try it out in their classroom because it was so easy to use. They all realized how easily this game can pull students into the classroom. It’s engaging, it is flush with student choice and control, and it’s an extremely collaborative game. The teachers favorite part was being the focus, as it is for students. Being able to choose how we explore history is powerful and really engages the students in the material. The best part though is that some have already taken it and have now played it with their classes. It also leads to students in new classrooms playing the games as well. Like they are here in the classroom of Sue Styren.
Playing games with teachers can generate play with students greatly enhancing the number of people who are trying to merge games and learning. If you are a teacher, try hosting a game night of microscope with your teacher friends. Maybe they also will teach their students as well.