How do you play Global Challenge?

Students are randomly distributed approximately 190 cards - representing the countries of the world.They are given the choice to either protect the countries they have, acquire new countries or work for peace. In order to pursue their goals (of peace, new territory or maintaining their land) they have to correctly answer questions from the text book (details of how this is done are in the rule book). Students write out 20 game questions each week - in seven categories (see rule book for details).All class assignments, quizzes and tests convert to Global Challenge Dollars -- and are then used for purchases (armies, weapons, etc.)At the end of play (usually 20 rounds) winners are determined in several categories.Students have the option to pursue peace by answering questions correctly and declaring half (roughly 95 countries) safe from attack.Teachers and students are free to modify the game to suit the purp…

Game Based Learning for Social Studies Teachers / Workshop Information

A quick search on Google or Twitter of the terms “Gamify” and "Game-based learning" will show you that this topic is getting a lot of attention right now.  Schools and organizations are turning their attention to the power of games and projects and how they motivate people to learn and perform. In the business world, many companies have turned to game or point-based systems in order to motivate employees and customers.  Before terms like “gamification,” presenter Lee Chazen began by taking a simple game – then adding layer upon layer of content and ideas in order to teach his world history classes. Continuing in this manner, year after year, he eventually put his entire curriculum into a game format and called it Global Challenge. The game grew in popularity over the years, was featured on local news, eventually became a community access TV game show and is now sold online to teachers across the country.  This workshop will show you the importance of games and projects, why …

What Do Students Learn by Playing Global Challenge?

The whole concept of Global Challenge allows for the participants to recognize their strengths and, just as importantly, to search out the strengths of others. What students ultimately find out is that there is no way to win alone. One cannot be successful without respect and tolerance for team members. 

One of the most important features of Global Challenge is that different styles of learning are actually rewarded. It is highly recommended that as students make alliances and put together their teams, they take into consideration different areas of expertise, picking the financial genius, the diplomat, the strategist and so on. In this way, all the students can more fully discover and develop their particular strengths. 

Students soar through the textbook, Internet and maps in search of questions that are broken down into seven categories. After all, how much learning takes place when one answers Houghton Mifflin's version of an important question at the end of each chapter? But ha…

More Than a Classroom Game

How do you get students to cover 40 chapters of a text book, write out and answer 400 of their own questions and take notes on over 1,000 facts?  Answer: have them play Global Challenge.

Global Challenge:

allows students to write up as many as 400 of their own questions.prepares students for tests.teaches real work skills.allows you to easily integrate your own curriculum.rewards students in different areas of intelligence.

Global Challenge is more than just a game, but is a semester-long project which teaches geography, history, government and more.

Learning from the bottom up

What if learning in the classroom was more of an emergent process like the growth of a city as in the game Sim City? What if one idea were to lead to the next to where students needed very little supervision and where they covered the educational bases but also developed areas of their own interest? Welcome to the world of Global Challenge. 
Global Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to live in a microcosm or world within a world. In this book, the world is laid out in easy to follow steps. Teacher and student follow these steps with daily activity guides. But once it starts, anything can happen. Sure, the patterns of history are all the same, but outcomes are different. “A” students become challenged and your former “F” students see a chance for success. In the end everyone wins and there is something for every type of student and every type of learner.
It starts with the random distribution of United Nations countries. From there, students begin their research to f…

The Story Behind Global Challenge

"It’s your first day as a teacher. You walk into a noisy class of sophomores. Everything has been leading up to this moment. You finished a bachelor’s degree, went on to take courses for your teacher certification and completed 16 weeks as a non-paid student intern.You ask the students to stand up for a little warm-up exercise and a student named “Butch” in the front row tells you to “suck it.” During the first week, you see students slouched in their seats, not bringing materials to class, tapping fingers on the desk, swearing at one another and directing their anger and frustrations toward you – the person who wants to help them."You can read the rest of the story here.

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A Closer Look at the Game

In Global Challenge (a curriculum for 6th – 12th grades) students answer questions in seven different categories in order to earn points, money and political influence. Before this begins, they put together a map, are distributed different countries, and are required to do a great deal of research. They must know the per capita income, population, major industry, capital and something of interest for each country they are given. Also, before the game even starts, they must put together a philosophy or guide to how they will play the game.

Students read each chapter of an assigned text, and formulate their own 20 questions each week – divided into vocabulary (4), historical fact (5), geography (4), people (4), trivia (1) and something from another core class (math, science, English or social studies) (1). These questions become the basis for the game and for future tests. In other words, they will need to write out as many questions as are specified above. These questions can be turne…

The Theories Behind Global Challenge

As a teacher of high school social studies, I began experimenting with the idea of using an interactive game not as a side-unit of instruction nor as a supplement to the curriculum but as the curriculum itself. In doing this, I became more of a facilitator (creating a feedback loop) and switched from the use of lecture to an open-ended game format in order to deliver course content. I changed the structure of my classes to give students more opportunities for creative and critical thinking. As the classes changed in this way from the use of a traditional hierarchy to a lateral distribution of power, or heterarchy, I observed profound changes. The classes experienced a major increase in participation and, arguably, thinking as a result of complex, higher order behavior.

During the use of this game I realized something interesting was taking place; a phenomenon of sorts. It remained an idea without a model for many years until two things happened:

1. I discovered a book by the famous bio…