The Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship, inaugurated in 2016 with a group of New Jersey teachers, has been expanded this year by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to support selected middle- and high-school teachers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey.
The WW HistoryQuest program blends games, play, and digital tools to transform both teacher practice and student engagement. Developed in partnership with the New York City-based Institute of Play, the WW HistoryQuest Fellowship helps teachers bring game-based learning into their classrooms, both making games and teaching students the principles of design thinking, strategy, resources, and variables that apply to historical situations as well as to games.
The HistoryQuest Fellowship is built on a pedagogical foundation that features interactive learning through games and play, game design process and principles, systems thinking, and the purposeful integration of technology. Through participation in the program, educators will: experience firsthand the playing, modification, and design of games mapped to content standards; experiment with integrated games in classroom settings; experiment with off-the-shelf commercial games for classroom use; learn how to create assessment tools for use with games in the classroom; integrate game-like frameworks into curricula; and gain experience using the design process for game design and as a methodology for use with inquiry-based learning.
(Story courtesy of The Daily Item)