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#QuandaryGame Teaches Ethical Thinking Skills

#QuandaryGame Teaches Ethical Thinking Skills
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Quandary:

a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.

Kind of like what us parents face in the digital age our children are growing up in! I am loath to admit how much time my kids spend playing on their electronic devices. We truly try to limit their screen time, but it has become increasingly difficult as their games travel everywhere they go with their mobile devices. With four kids it’s like whac-a-mole redirecting them away from their screens. In the time it takes me to get one reading on the couch, one of the others has gone down the rabbit hole into cyberspace somewhere else. We understand that this is the culture our kids are growing up in so we use their screen time to our advantage as much as we can. On the weekends for example, while our rules drastically limit video games during the week, the kids can play all they want on weekend mornings if they let us sleep in!  I am also always on the lookout for games that are educational or enriching as alternatives to the many mind numbing ones out there.  Research shows that well-designed digital games can be effective learning tools, and that they can be especially effective in the development of social and ethical skills.

I was thrilled to learn about and try the 2013 Games for Change Game of the Year award winner Quandary out with my kids when we were asked to do a review. Now here is a game that I can support as a parent! I actually think it could be great in a classroom setting as well.  Quandary was designed to reinforce the learning of new skills as opposed to knowledge. Specifically, ethical thinking skills, the type of learning that, as a parent, I hope will last a lifetime. The game provides a learning experience that assists players in reasoning and understanding ethical issues. When kids learn how to approach situations with the type of reflective attitude they need to play the game of Quandary, they learn how to tackle important decisions in life by weighing the possible outcomes.  While playing Quandary with my kids I watched them make decisions based on hearing facts and opinions from the community members in the game.

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It was no surprise that my 13-year-old son tore through the three levels as I assisted my 9 year old through the scenarios, and prompted him to think things through along the way. I liked the challenge the free online game presented my kids in taking in and considering concepts or statements, and then responding to feedback from other characters in the game. In playing the game multiple times and making different choices along the way, they could see how the the outcomes for the planet could vary.

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The Quandary player is a member of a new human colony on a far away planet.  Players shape the future of their new society through dealing with the ethical issues and challenging situations they come up against. There are no clear-cut right or wrong answers, but there are consequences for each decision made. those decisions impact the player, their community, and the environment of the planet, so although players are able to exhibit free choice, it comes with a responsibility. The scenarios presented to the player in the Quandary game support two core ethical thinking skills; perspective taking that gives players understanding of others beliefs and preferences, and critical thinking which is associated with ethical reasoning.

Perspective taking is something I am constantly trying to reinforce in my kids, I think it is tough to do, and personally credit years of travel to very different parts of the world with helping me view things through different lenses. We can’t exactly travel the world with our kids right now, but playing Quandary is a good place for them to begin to hone those skills that will help our kids cope with the world as they grow up.

We can’t wait for new episodes of Quandary to come out now that we have been through all three levels that exist so far (with different outcomes I may add). Meanwhile when my kids ask if they can play a game online I love that I am armed with an option where I can say “yes”, and feel good about it.

Follow #QuandaryGame on Twitter & Facebook for information and fun updates and try the game.

 This is a sponsored post, but as always all opinions are my own or those of my children.

Behind The Scenes Look At The Making Of A “Sexy” Ad Campaign

Behind The Scenes Look At The Making Of A “Sexy” Ad Campaign

Hey Fashionistas! This behind the scenes making of a “sexy” ad is eye opening t say the least !

 

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#(RED) Hot Gift List

#(RED) Hot Gift List

This holiday season (RED) products make a red hot gift list while offering a great way to really make an impact with your purchasing power. When you choose a (RED) product proceeds go directly to The Global Fund where 100% of that money is used to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

These are fabulous finds you would want to give anyway because (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands to produce super cool products, that happen to save lives. Here are a few of my favorites:

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UncommonGoods $75 Giveaway!

UncommonGoods $75 Giveaway!

 Enter To Win Our UncommonGoods $75 Giveaway!

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Bike Chalk Trail Kit, Art Print, Kalaidascope Necklace, Golf Cufflinks & periodic Table Tie

UncommonGoods is my absolute favorite gift catalog out there!  I was thrilled to write about their  Better To Give program back in September, Where with every purchase you make, $1 is donated to the non-profit of the customers’ choice. 

Now I am even more thrilled that they have offered a $75 giveaway for my readers just in time for holiday gift shopping! Their catalog is filled with fantastic gift ideas, creative, fun and unique items you will love! Check out their HOLIDAY GIFTS COLLECTION! Here are a few more of my own personal favorites!

 

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GOOD LUCK!

UncommonGoods is based  in Brooklyn, NY, and supports artists and environmentally friendly products, always finding unique items that take gift giving to a new level. You can Follow UncommonGoods on Pinterest or on Instagram to keep track of all their fabulous finds!

UncommonGoods For The Common Good

UncommonGoods For The Common Good

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As I pull my mail out of the mailbox my pulse quickens… I see my new UncommonGoods  catalog sticking out between the rest of the mundane mail items. Oh, come on, you know you have one too! What is it Williams Sonoma? B & H? We all have that one catalog…and this is mine.  I prepare to dig in and check out what’s new, knowing I’ll find some great ideas among the pages, witty, whimsical, or creative, this is my go to shop for unique gifts. I tear out the things circled for my wish list, or the perfect gift for a friend.  This catalog is always fun to look through because UncommonGoods supports artists and environmentally friendly products keeping its inventory fresh and innovative.  I know I can always go online to order through the website, but I like the little paper reminders on hand to flip through when I am stumped for a present.  Inevitably in a few days, when I’m going through my desk papers a tiny shred from the catalog will flutter to the floor.  It might be the picture of the eggs in a nest necklace I’ve been pining for, or the Mathematical necktie for my husband that I know he’ll love.

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Of course it’s the great selection they offer, but even more so I feel passionate about supporting companies that make giving back part of their business model.  Not only has Uncommon Goods managed to curate a collection of items to find the perfect give for the perfect person, but while doing so their business has donated over $700,000 to non-profits as part of their Better To Give campaign over the past 12 years.  The Better To Give program connects customers with charities around the globe, and with every purchase made a dollar is donated. Customers can choose to which of the Uncommon Goods non-profit partners the donation goes.  Through supporting the arts community, the environment, and non-profits while providing a fantastic gift selection to us, the Brooklyn based company fulfills their goal to collectively “support the planet and to make it a better world for the people who live on it”.

“As an independently-owned business, we have the freedom to support causes we believe in and to impact the world in a positive way. Giving back is important to us and we want to share that passion with you, our customers. Through our Better to Give program, we’ve been able to build a better business by connecting our customers with charities around the globe. With every purchase you make, we’re proud to donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice.”-Uncommon Goods

Better To Give w/ UncommonGoods

They  had been my favorite gift source before I learned about the Better To Give Program. I have often included items from their store in documama gift guides in the past.  Now that I am aware that every time I shop with UncommonGoods, I am also donating to a charity I care about, I am thrilled to spread the word. UncommonGoods is donating $50.00 to Women for Women International , one of their partner charities, on my behalf in return for doing so.  Women for Women International provides women survivors of war with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.

Along with my humanitarian interests, I am a big fan of design meets function. I strive for that in any purchase I make,  and design meets function is just one of the philosophies I share with the folks at UncommonGoods.  The goals of documama and those of UncommonGoods overlap; share great finds,support the arts, take care of the environment, and give back.

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