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World Simulation

Recently the class I have been auditing at Kansas State University, Cultural Anthropology, had its climax with the World Simulation project. This is an innovative immersive experience where about roughly 500 years of world history are simulated by about 200 students who have formed about 15 distinct people groups over the course of the semester. It all takes place in the K-State Union Ballroom over the course of 75 minutes and is one of the most brilliant things I have seen done in education.

One of the great additions to this year's simulation was the use of Jott and Twitter by the students, which kept a running log on a massive screen of everything that was happening with all of the people groups as colonization, wars, economic wrangling, empires, revolutions, and migration all took place. Group historians called into Jott with updates, which were automatically transcribed and sent to Twitter, which then produced a live stream for everyone to see. The video below shows the Twitter stream describing the events you are seeing.

I feel very privileged to get to be a part of something that is truly breaking all kinds of new ground in higher education. Michael Wesch, the professor spearheading all of this, is truly one of the most passionate educators I have ever known and is quickly becoming world renowned because of it.


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