At last, our platform for online simulation games has a name: Senaryon! What’s more there is now also a website containing information and demo versions, www.senaryon.de.
Since developing the platform and launching it in 2014, over 50 simulation games have been played by over 1.200 participants in schools and universities in Germany and abroad. In the coming months, there will be plenty more use of existing games as well as two large new projects.
What’s special about Senaryon is its flexibility and modularity. Topics, functions and number of participants can be adapted to each individual simulation game. Senaryon offers two different modes of facilitation. The blended learning mode combines online simulations with on-location events. If participants are spread across various locations, the games are played in full online mode. If a visit to the Senaryon website has whetted your appetite, we look forward to speaking with you directly. We are also happy to give you a free and personal introduction to all of Senaryon’s functions. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After three years of development and many test runs, Junait, our unique online game for kids aged 8-12, is finally here! Since the beginning of November, every school in Germany can use the website for free. In just 90 minutes, pupils learn to act responsibly when online. They are prepared for using social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) while playfully gaining media literacy. The game can be played in a school computer room. Additional material is provided to accompany discussion in class.
In the game, the kids create a user account and add personal data to their profile. They become friends with fellow pupils, use the chat function and publish posts. But something is wrong. Who are these strangers? Why are there messages containing viruses? And who is trying to sell my data? The game takes on a dynamic of its own, and the kids soon find themselves fighting for their own private data. This way, the kids can check out how social media work, and they can train the secure handling in a protected space. For teachers, preparation and supervision are easy and self-explanatory. No prior training or knowledge is required.
Thanks to the support from Ein Netz für Kinder, this innovative format on digital media literacy is free of charge. For more information, visit www.junait.de!