*Fantasy Geopolitics logo used with permission from FANSchool.org*What is Fantasy Geopolitics?Popularly referred to as "fantasy football for social studies and literacy standards," Fantasy Geopolitics is an exciting and easy-to-use new learning game for teachers and students. Developed by Minnesota social studies teacher and Fantasy Geopolitics co-founder, Eric Nelson, who was looking for a new way to engage his students in current events and the study of cultures around the globe, Fantasy Geopolitics engages students in geopolitics - the study of the relationship among politics and geography, human populations, and economics, especially with respect to the foreign policy of a nation - in a new and different way, by turning the study of this topic into a fantasy football-style experience. Students draft teams of countries, follow those countries in the news, and get points every time their countries are mentioned in The New York Times. To see more on how the Fantasy Geopolitics program works, click the video link below:
What is Mr H's Spin on Fantasy Geopolitics?Feedback from Fellow Teachers on Mr H's Fantasy Geopolitics Site"I have had the honor of visiting your [Fantasy Geopolitics] website. Simply awesome stuff. Looks like a blast..."- Aaron WardMattanawcook AcademyLincoln, Maine"I recently decided to use Fantasy Geopolitics...To help me, I was researching methodsof implementing it and I came across your website. I am highly impressed with what you've created..."- Jarrid SmithHollywood Hills High SchoolHollywood, FloridaFollow all the Fantasy Geopolitics action on TwitterStudents at the start of the semester will draft countries to represent their team and be assigned to a particular division and conference. Game schedules for the semester will be distributed and students will check in to see how their team is doing during the course of the week, orchestrate trades, and add / drop new countries to improve their end of the week outcome. Each Monday, as part of our "Intro to the Week" activities, classes will get the opportunity to check in collectively on their teams and see how the week's scoring will effect the overall records of their teams and their divisions. New division and conference standings as well as individual recognitions will be presented at an unveiling on Wednesday morning. Playoffs will take place towards the end of the semester with the winners of each division going head-to-head to see who will be invited to Mr H's "Fantasy Geopolitics Super Bowl" and who will get the honor of being crowned the "Fantasy Geopolitics Champion" for that semester!To find our more about how this program can be used in your classroom for the benefit of your students, check out the FANSchools.org homepage.
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*Check out the full Podcast series here via SoundCloud*Highlights This Semester for Fantasy Geopolitics- DURING THE REGULAR SEASON -During the regular season (Week #1 - #13), four (4) weekly awards will be given out for dominate performances and amazing feats of geopolitical smarts. Each award is decided on by members of the class and are awarded during our Wednesday unveiling of the new Fantasy Geopolitics standing. Winners will receive a specially-crafted certificate to commemorate the occasion.More info on these awards can be found on your Block'sFantasy Geopolitics page.
- LEAGUE CHAMPION -The winner of Fantasy Geopolitics championship each semester will receive as part of their victory (other than bragging rights throughout the rest of the course) possession of the famed Eric Nelson Trophy for the duration of the semester (as long as it stays in Mr H's classroom), a Fantasy Geopolitics t-shirt, and their winning image with the trophy preserved for posterity on the Fantasy Geopolitics webpage!!!
Fantasy Geopolitics "Hall of Champions" Photo Gallery