David Hunter, a teacher and curriculum designer for video game companies in Seattle, is taking teaching to the next level with an engaging project called Zombie-Based Learning
Produce a lesson plan and learning materials to teach children geographic concepts using a zombie apocalypse narrative to engage young learners in an interactive and rewarding way.
David Hunter needs only $5000 to fund Zombie-Based Learning and create a free lesson plan for educators and, eventually, release it to the public. He's raising funds through KickStarter until June 1st.
As a former educator at the college level, I know the importance of engaging students while they're young and getting them interested in learning. I saw wave after wave of adult students pass through college with no drive, no interest, and a severe lack of education skills. I hate to say it, but many of them passed through college like zombies themselves. It was simply too late for most to have a love of learning sparked within them.
David Hunter's Zombie-Based Learning, however, is the kind of project that could inspire kids to love learning and help them learn in a way that is project-driven instead of test-driven.
How the Zombie-Based Learning Narrative is structuredIf you love zombies, if you wished you could have studied zombies in your school as a kid, or if you have a kid currently in school, please support Zombie-Based Learning by contributing the project today.
The narrative is what leads the learner through scenarios in the zombie apocalypse where geographic skills will need to be applied. This narrative has 5 different scenes:
Planning for the Outbreak
Post Outbreak Survival
- News of a zombie-like outbreak has reached your community. You are helping to plan in case the outbreak reaches your area.
Finding a Place to Settle
- The outbreak has reached your area and chaos has followed. You use your skills to just try and survive and find other survivors.
Building a Community
- Through surviving you have met with other survivors, now you are trying to decide upon a safe place
Planning for the Future
- With your group of survivors, you make decisions to build a safe and sustainable community.
- Based on what you know about Geography, and based on a knowledge of the past, your community makes long term plans for survival and rebuilding a life.