Gaming in Education

SimCityEDU Gets Clever Instant Login Integration, Free Student Access

GlassLab, a nonprofit developer of digital learning games, has partnered with Clever to give schools using Clever Instant Login free access to GlassLab's SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge game for the 2014-2015 school year.

Clever Instant Login is a service that gives students and teachers single sign-on access educational software. Logging in to Clever automatically logs them in to their learning apps, reducing the amount of time spent retrieving and entering usernames and passwords. Districts can now add SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge to their Clever Instant Login accounts for free, so teachers can use the game in their classrooms to teach students about environmental pollution.

SimCityEDU is a digital learning game designed to teach students in grades 6 to 8 about the factors affecting the environment in a modern city. According to the company, the game explains and fosters a greater understanding of relationships in complex systems. It challenges students to complete six different missions, with each mission requiring increasingly complex problem solving skills. It comes with lesson plans and includes teacher and student dashboards designed to deliver personalized learning to every student. The game gathers formative assessment information about students' problem solving skills and reports that information to the teacher.

SimCityEDU Overview from GlassLab on Vimeo.

SimCityEDU supports OS X and Windows. GlassLab designed SimCityEDU in partnership with Electronic Arts and assessment experts from ETS and Pearson and first released it in November 2013. Further information about the game can be found on GlassLab's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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