Hellenic Open University
Name of the videogame/app
Ο Ξεφτέρης ταξιδεύει στην Αρχαία Αθήνα (Smarty travels to Ancient Athens)
Name of the producer
SIEM SA Εκδόσεις-Υπηρεσίες και Προϊόντα Πληροφορικής Α.Ε.
How to find it
To be Purchased
Main technical requirements
Web Browser, MacOSX
Native Virtual Reality Support
Use in Educational contexts
Degree of required tutoring
Autonomous use by students
Students develop an interest in the everyday life of people in Ancient Greece, specifically in Athens of the 5th century BC., the era of Pericles. They acquire knowledge of political systems and how they are organized, acquire knowledge of citizenship rights and the responsibilities, realize the need for social organization and learn to appreciate their cultural heritage.
The game has comprehensive, clear, interesting and linear story line, provides clear information on how the participants are doing, makes the player feel a need to know more about the content so that they will feel motivated to learn and provides interactive feedback that is crucial to learning. The user interface offers the player an easy way to control the game. Dialogues do not contain information which is irrelevant.
Easy to use for teachers who are not tech savvy.
This app enriches students' vocabulary with new words that were used in Ancient Athens in Greece. It is offered both in Greek and English and could be used also with English language learners.
Learning Object / Suggested activities with students
Teachers can use it during history lessons or lessons about democracy/citizenship in order to introduce students to citizenship. Students can be asked to describe similarities and differences between citizenship in Ancient Athens and today.
The app can be used as an additional educational tool or bonus activity by the completion of a relevant topic. Depending on the available devices students could play individually, in pairs of two, or it could be used as a class activity on a smart board.
Skills and competences
Skills and competences acquired
Students develop those skills necessary for functioning as informed and contributing members of society, develop the skills required for participation in the political process of their country.
As assessment method, teacher could provide relevant quizzes to the students on paper after completing one part of the game. The game itself includes many self assessment quizzes and activities.