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Why "Civilization V" Will Be Taught in High SchoolsThe best way to learn about historical figures is to destroy their armies.Popular MechanicsBy David Grossman Jun 24, 2016For the legions of kids who ignored their homework for hours while playing Civilization games, this news might come as a surprise: Civ 5 soon could become your homework.It's called CivilizationEDU. Publisher Take-Two and developer Firaxis have partnered with a company called GlassLab to create the variation on the classic turn-based strategy game, which will be available for North American high schools. GlassLab has experience in converting strategic games into educational tools, having already done so with SimCityEDU. GlassLab will add an analytics engine to Civ, allowing teachers to track students' progress through an online dashboard."For the past 25 years, we've found that one of the fun secrets of Civilization is learning while you play," said Sid Meier, the famed founder of Firaxis and creator of Civilization. With last year's successful Kickstarter funding of a remake of The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis and Minecraft: Education Edition currently in beta, it's looking like educational gaming is moving to a place of prioritization it hasn't seen its heyday in the 1990's.
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