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ERIC Number: EJ874014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Places to Go: Apolyton
Downes, Stephen
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v1 n6 Aug-Sep 2005
Games like "Civilization III," a strategy game that allows players to create civilizations that stand the test of time, are attracting increasing attention in the educational community for their potential to support learning. A recent article in BBC news observed that "using "Civilisation III" to teach students about history showed that it could be a powerful way to get them to realise that solving a society's problems can not always come from making a single change" (2005). In light of such reassessments, educators who seek to understand gaming technology--and to incorporate customized forms of such technology in their teaching--will find the Apolyton Web site worthy of exploration. This article features Apolyton, "a site created by Civilization fans, in an effort to provide information on the entire Civilization genre of computer gaming." In addition to "Civilization III," Apolyton covers earlier versions and variations of the game (such as "Galactic Civilizations") and "Civilization"-related activities such as tournaments, forums, and gaming tips. At the same time, educators who visit this site will discover information and resources that can support their own experiments with gaming technology as an instructional tool.
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A