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Educator Tools for Participate


I designed and developed two serious games for educators (React, JS) that drew new users into the Participate platform and helped existing users develop new lesson plans.

Participate is a platform that helps organizations build online communities for collaboration and knowledge creation. In this collaboration, we were focused on building new experiences for the community of teachers around the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of goals for achieving a better and more sustainable future for everyone.

Unit Planning Card Game

The unit planning card game (play) helps teachers plan new units around the SDGs through picking cards from three decks - goals, solutions and teaching standards. Players pick an SDG card (e.g. ending hunger) they want to address, select an idea for solution card (e.g. change policy) and then standards cards (e.g. the reading standard of evaluate an argument). The app then generates a downloadable unit plan based on those cards that teachers can use to jumpstart the planning process.

Find Your Action Plan Quiz

In the “Find Your Action Plan” quiz (play), teachers and/or students answer a series of short questions and then are presented with a personalized activity they can do to make a difference in the world (e.g. plant a pollinator garden or remix a sexist ad). Each activity comes with a PDF explaining how to get started and how to connect it with teaching standards.

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