On June 5, 2018, on the occasion of the World’ Environmental Day, we held an open New Shores online session. A world in which individual and collective motivations of the players do not always go in line with the overarching goal of the UN initiative, has become a witness to a truly exciting gameplay. Academic teachers and sustainability professionals from England, Greece, Italy and India entered the roles of residents of the mysterious New Shores island and strove to manage common resources in a way that would promote economic and social development without compromising the environment. As they admitted after the game, it was not an easy task: “The New Shores is an important educational experience that highlights the interplay between social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability and how personal interest and well-being can undermine collective decisions and strategies” – said Mrs Vasiliki Kioupi, PhD researcher at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London.
We are happy to announce that on May 31, 2018 we finally launched the New Shores class on Edmodo!
What is Edmodo?
Edmodo is a global education network that helps connect all teachers with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential. It works a little bit like a social media site with teachers being able to start discussions, posting pictures, uploading and sharing useful resources and exchanging information.
What is its purpose?
One of our main objectives in developing New Shores – a Game for Democracy was to activate both educators and youth, and to create space for a lively international dialogue. It wouldn’t have been possible without the game and its accompanying materials being easily accessible to people from all around the world. This is why we decided to make use of Edmodo platform and disseminate the results of our work as widely as possible.
How can access New Shores’ materials on Edmodo?
Edmodo’s classes function like a storage of all interesting text, visual and audio-visual materials. New Shores’ team has created actually 4 such classes in English, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian. They all share the same structure of a 9-step online course that will guide you through the New Shores workshop preparation, organization, moderation and conclusion. Each section contains useful texts and videos that will help you adapt the game to match your class and your preferred facilitation style. You don’t have to be an expert neither in IT nor in democracy to lead a successful game session with your learners. And what is more, you can do it completely for free because both registration to Edmodo and access to the game and its accompanying materials are free!
How do I start?
Decide what language class you want to join and follow the registration steps provided in one of the documents; in English, Polish, Slovak or Hungarian. Follow the 9-step course on Edmodo or at least download and read Moderator’s instructions (to learn how to log to the game’s panel and start a game) and the Workshop scenario (to find out how to turn the game into an exciting educational experience for your students) available in the section Full Materials to Download.
Use Edmodo’s Forum to share your impressions after the workshop or post photos of your student’s assignments (posters, projects, etc.) in the Call for Action section. You may also evaluate the whole course in the section Evaluation.
Is it still not enough?
Spread the word and invite new teachers to New Shores’ class. Let’s build a strong network of New Shores users to make education on democracy and sustainability more attractive to youth!
Since 1974, the 5th of June has been celebrated as the World Environment Day. An important date in the calendar for those who value the nature, the World Environment Day is a time to stop and reflect on how we are part of nature and how we directly depend on its ‘ecosystem services,’ such as clean air or drinking water, greenery and fertile soil. What can we do to make people more aware of the environmental issues?
Games4Sustainability published a new post about the role that social simulation and serious games, like New Shores game, play in shaping the attitudes of youth.
Visit the Games4Sustainability to read a full article!
You can also join the open online session to check the game for yourself. Join the FB event here for more details.
We visited the Wrocław University of Economy to participate in this year’s edition of the Szkoła Liderów Lokalnych!
A group of 19 students of economics took part in a short presentation about activism, voluntary work and social cooperatives as well as nongovernmental organisations and the emerging 4th sector. The presentation was followed by a session of the New Shores game, which sparked vivid reactions. The participants of the simulation praised its realism and the challenging nature of the tasks they faced on the way to the common #sustainable future. The workshop was moderated by Jakub Damurski and Władysław Zołoto.
Last Thursday, we met with educators, lecturers, librarians and other youth workers to play New Shores – an unusual game that aims to bring the topic of participation, cooperation and making sustainable decisions closer to young citizens of Europe. Is the game able to encourage young people to ask themselves difficult questions, and even better – to transform their ideas into action? These and other questions were raised during a heated discussion after the game. We would like to thank all participants for your valuable comments, Ekocentrum for hosting us at their premises, and Wilk Syty for delicious, vegan catering.
November evenings don’t have to be boring – as we learned on Friday, 17th testing New Shores – a Game for Democracy with the members of the local Kids and Youth Club run by the Stowarzyszenie Żółty Parasol. This time the game was played by a much younger audience than usually (kids 9-12 years old). Yet, they did a great job while striving to ensure the safety and stability of the island. The debriefing session led after the game revealed that the kids not only had fun but also learned a valuable lesson on sustainability and common-pool resources management. “It’s very important not to overuse coal and timber. And to plant a lot of trees!” – said Pola.
The work on the project Nauru Game for Active Citizenship of Youth is in full swing. This time we were discussing the progress in the development of New Shores – Game for Democracy and the accompanying educational materials in picturesque Budapest.
First we tested new graphics and functionalities of the game with 20 educators and youth leaders. While striving to keep the balance between the nature and development in the game’s world, the players managed to have great fun too! All their comments and suggestions were further discussed during our international team’s meeting. Brainstorming and exchanging thoughts, we came up with a lot of new ideas how to make New Shores an effective tool for shaping civic attitudes among youth!
Thanks to our partners Rogers Személyközpontú Oktatásért Alapítvány and TANDEM, n. o. for exciting play and a fruitful project meeting!
Civic engagement takes too much time. It demands reading boring laws, participating in endless public hearings and confronting conflicts of interest. What is more, in many cases, it seems pointless, bringing about no real changes. Democracy has become the political version of spinach. Although almost everyone knows it’s good and healthy, only few people actually eat it. How to change this tendency?
Games4Sustainability published a post titled “Civic Engagement – How to love democracy?” by Ola Solińska. Ola wrtites about how serious games, including New Shores game, can become a tool to engage people in the decision-making process.
Visit the Games4Sustainability to read a full article!
We live in a world of dynamic changes that affect global policy, economy and ecology. How not to get lost and be part of these processes, actively shaping our common future? We addressed these and other questions at the second transnational project meeting in Slovakia.
In the beautiful scenery of the Slovak Tatra Mountains, we were talking about what tools teachers need to involve their students in these processes. The CRS team together with their partners, Slovakian TANDEM and Hungarian Rogers Foundation tested the New Shores Game for Democracy with twenty current and future teachers and youth leaders. Their valuable comments will surely contribute to the improvement of the game and other innovative tools that will be part of the project.
On March 23-24, 2017 the CRS hosted guests from our partner organizations, TANDEM, n. o. (Slovakia) and Rogers Foundation for Person-Centred Education (Hungary). These creative people came together to set out project goals, workshop design, moderator training and much more. There will be three more meetings during the project – we are looking forward to them!