For over 20 years, SimCity has captured the imaginations of young leaders. With challenging simulations in urban planning, environmental management, and socio-economic development, the games have held more than a passing interest for educators as well. Today, during a panel discussion on the future of connected learning at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., GlassLab and Electronic Arts announced that they are developing a new online platform for educators based on the popular series of games.
The platform, called SimCityEDU, will serve as an online community to create and share learning tools that support use of the game in the classroom. SimCityEDU’s curricular resources will be aligned to U.S. Common Core State Standards. These learning tools will also focus on developing key 21st century skills, like collaboration, time management and systems thinking.
The first of many powerful learning and assessment tools to come from GlassLab, SimCityEDU is scheduled to launch in March 2013 (but you can sign up now by visiting www.SimCityEDU.org!). The launch of SimCityEDU will coincide with the sixth release of the SimCity series, which features increased connectivity that allows for richer interaction between multiple players’ cities within a region, creating new possibilities for collaborative learning in the classroom.
Stay tuned for more news from the launch events in D.C., including the panel on connected learning, which was hosted by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and featured – alongside representatives of EA and GlassLab – Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy Roberto Rodriguez and philanthropist John Legend.