Teaching history with video games

I am a firm believer that anything positive and interactive can be used as a teaching tool. Take video games for instance…

There’s a lot of hype about teaching history with video games — particularly World War II games.

And I’ve slowly reached the conclusion that there’s some credibility to the notion.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with “Call of Duty 2: Big Red One,” which honors the famed 1st Infantry Division. The Fighting 1st, also known as the Big Red One, saw extraordinary action during WW II.

The game (for PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube) made my 2005 top-10 list for reasons unrelated to historical significance. And there’s no doubt in my mind that its selling points are related entirely to its entertainment value, not its educational bonuses. [Read the rest]