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Storyline.mp4
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Academic Culture

Storyline

A roboust storyline is essential for immersive gamification

The storyline of our academic game gives meaning to the students' presence in the game. It enhances the importance of the curriculum and gives students a goal to work toward. The theme our storyline is based around is a deserted island. In the game, students are elite plane crash survivors (PCSs) who must learn to live on the island after not being rescued. Throughout the levels, students are asked to build fire, build shelter, find food, filter water, and survive unexpected storms. By mastering each level, students complete the tasks and move onto the next scenario in the game. 

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This video is the movie trailer for the Isle of Nosredna game. This is what I use to start the game and to give background and meaning to the game. It helps set-up the storyline for the rest of the school year.
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This screenshot gives an example of one of the scenarios that is presented to students at the beginning of level 2. This scenario is based off of the island theme, but builds on the storyline by adding new variables to the story.
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Online Student Resource
 
 
This video is the movie trailer for the Isle of Nosredna game. This is what I use to start the game and to give background and meaning to the game. It helps set-up the storyline for the rest of the school year.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screenshot gives an example of one of the scenarios that is presented to students at the beginning of level 2. This scenario is based off of the island theme, but builds on the storyline by adding new variables to the story.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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