- Connie Yowell, CEO of LRNG, @connie

Today at the 13th Annual Games for Change Festival, LRNG’s GlassLab Inc. announced a partnership with Take-Two Interactive Software, 2K and Firaxis Games to bring Sid Meier’s popular Civilization V digital game to the classroom. CivilizationEDU will be distributed to high schools in North America in early 2017 through GlassLab’s nonprofit game-based learning and assessment platform.

With annual Gallup polls showing more than 60 percent of high school students are not engaged in classroom learning, LRNG is excited to bring new educational tools to the classroom in formats students are already deeply engaged with.

GlassLab Inc. will add a learning analytics engine to CivilizationEDU, harnessing the popularity of gaming and turning it into a powerful tool for assessing students’ progress on 21st century learning skills that are not easily captured on standardized tests.

A historically based strategy game, CivilizationEdu will provide students with the opportunity to create historical events and experiment with the causal relationships between military, technology, political and socioeconomic development – all while developing problem solving and other critical thinking skills.

Educators who use CivilizationEDU will have access to an online dashboard, providing reports on students’ progress, demonstrating how in-game accomplishments can be incorporated into lesson plans aligned to academic standards.

At LRNG, we know today’s education system all too often focuses on what can be measured, rather than what young people need to know. CivilizationEDU is a perfect example of how games can be used to teach and assess key 21st century skills that are hard to measure on multiple-choice tests. This beloved game, which has sold more than 8 million units worldwide, is an important addition to the rich learning resources the LRNG ecosystem offers online, in classrooms, and through the communities that are participating in the LRNG Cities movement to facilitate learning as a lifestyle.

For more information you can check out www.glasslabgames.org or visit GlassLab’s collection of games.

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