Susan E. Rivers, PhD, Executive Director and Chief Scientist at iThrive Games
HundrED has not validated this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
We want to help HS educators tap into students’ natural need to probe and challenge the status quo in service of deepening their understanding of themselves, others, and the world. So, we created iThrive Sim to support transformational experiences that foster connection and support students in developing the social and emotional competencies they need to engage in constructive civic action.
How does your innovation work in practice?
iThrive Sim's tech-supported simulation games invite students to play central roles in historical narratives and events. As students play and engage within the digital platform, they share and receive primary source documents, news stories, memos, photos, and social media content pre-populated and written by fellow players. This information is used to fuel their real-time interactions with their peers and make decisions that move the simulation forward.
Playing a character allows students to try new ways of being and consider their interpersonal habits more deeply, which supports greater self-awareness and safe exploration of who and how they can be and interact in circumstances that require creative problem-solving.
Making decisions collaboratively, then finding out the consequences of those decisions brings gameplay to a close. Students then participate in debriefing exercises to synthesize their learning and promote social and emotional skill-building.
How has it been spreading?
iThrive Sim has been spreading through our partnerships, communications and marketing efforts, word of mouth from teachers who love it, and educators hearing about us through recent awards that we’ve won.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Reach out to us to play by emailing us at email@example.com or by visiting our site to learn more: https://wwwithrivegames.org/ithrive-sim.