Dawn of the Dunce: Zombie-based learning

Zombie face

‘Welcome to double Geography, take out your books and…’

Yeah, you read right. We already know that playing Sim City can help you learn about geography, but what about the undead? David Hunter reckons he can use zombies to teach kids to be a geographer…

‘By learning skills needed to survive a zombie apocalypse. Imagine being in a classroom where instead of reading about maps, you’re designing them to show the spread of a zombie outbreak. Instead of reading about the distribution of resources on Earth in a textbook, you are researching available resources to plan your post-outbreak settlement. I’m not just talking about learning where places are or memorizing capitals of states or countries, I’m talking about learning the deeper concepts of geography that geographers actually use. And all in an exciting scenario.’

That was the idea behind his last Kickstarter, anyway. The next stage of Hunter’s ingenious zombie-based learning plan is a comic book, Dead Reckon, that’s also currently being crowdfunded. The plan for the comic is to introduce the geographic and economic concepts through narrative, presumably for the kids too stubborn to be impressed by any school class, even one about zombies.

I’m not sure it’s right for every kid – surely there are a fair few who’d be a little… freaked out by all this? – but it’s undeniably pretty cool; both that it’s actually taught, and that it meets national curriculum standards in the US!

You can pledge to the Dead Reckon Kickstarter here.

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