Discover Seeds of Hope (DSOH)
An entire educational system will be designed around an alternate reality game with missions and quests.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
The systems designed will define the curriculum for every piece of content to get a sense of systemic reasoning. Assessment mechanics are embedded within the game to capture data as students move through the game and apply skills to solve a complex problem. Similar to the idea of a robotic companion for autistic children, a holographic companion could be designed and programmed that would allow individual students and groups to play the game. The avatars gain points which can be tracked through the game making learning fun. The equipment could be fabricated by students with access to a fabrication (FAB) lab with funding provided by DSOH sponsors. The hologram could be made to look and sound according to the end users specifications.
Pat Patten, Discover Seeds of Hope Executive Director, speaks at Goucher College about the organization and plans for the future.
Multiple scenarios could be developed for various levels of the game. The game would be designed to develop critical thinking, teamwork, global learning and humanitarian action projects as a means to solve real world problems. Twinned student DSOH chapters around the globe would work with students in remote communities.
DSOH was created as an international student association designed to connect students on a global education platform using accessible handheld or wearable game based technology to share knowledge and work on solving real world problems with students from developed countries who are twinned with refugee, migrant and internally displaced populations.
We would put out a call on social media to get a team made up of students, teachers, game designers and assessment scientists to initiate the process and put in place the systems to begin to develop the game, platform and website. We would contact universities such as MIT and others who have established global education platforms to support game based learning. DSOH will look for sponsors and apply for grants and funding to support the project and pay for the technology and FAB labs to be placed in various communities to begin building the equipment and provide all the components necessary for the project.
I have had a great deal of interest from a broad spectrum of communities including many refugee communities that I met when doing research for this project. However, only recently has the technology advanced to such a degree that would allow students in remote communities to have internet accessible technology that is hand held or wearable and make this project come into reality.
SKILL SHARE (optional)
Skills needed would include but not limited to game designers, assessment scientists, website developers, game based developers.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I am the founder and Executive Director of Discover Seeds of Hope, a 501(c)3 international student association.
IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?
Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.