The Pericles Group, LLC, is a brand new company that's trying to change the way people think about what games can do for education.
Everybody's talking about gamification this and gamification that, but as far as we can tell, it's all just different brands of chocolate-covered broccoli.
We want winning the game and learning about, say, Rome to be the same thing.
Our new card game, CARD-tamen™, is part of that effort. Most of what we do is on the web -- students as operatives on secret missions to save civilization. . . learning Latin to read a crucial inscription. . . deciding based on their reading whether to vote for or against Socrates in ancient Athens. You can read all about Operation LAPIS, our introductory Latin curriculum, here.
CARD-tamen™ is a little bit different, and we're incredibly excited about it because it's something students--heck, anybody--can hold. The idea is simple: players must learn about the people and places on the cards in order to participate in and win epic battles of wits and rhetoric about, for example, whether Cicero or Augustus contributed more to the growth of civilization.
While we’re confident that this will work for just about any subject matter, we're beginning with classics because that's what most of us know best. We hope that you'll be as excited about the possibilities for play and learning in and out of the classroom as we are.
What we are looking to do with a successful Kickstarter is to expand CARD-tamen™ beyond Rome and add not just other History themed decks but also expand into other subjects such as Science or English. We think that CARD-tamen™ could be a powerful educational tool and we want to share it with as many people, in as many disciplines, as we are able to. All of us involved in this project are educators ourselves.
On behalf of everyone involved with CARD-tamen™ from its inception to the point of embarking on this next step, thank you in advance for your support.
Here are previews of the 63 card CARD-tamen™ deck and the promotional poster for Operation LAPIS. Both are offered as rewards for various levels of contribution to the project.
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