App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Walden, a game was named a Best EdTech Tool of 2017.
Walden, a game
Thoughtfully designed game illuminates Thoreau's writing, philosophy
Pros: Elegantly embeds deep philosophical questions in the act of play.
Cons: It's possible for players to get stuck on certain in-game tasks or miss important letters and events.
Bottom Line: It's rare to be so moved and permanently transformed by a work of art; that this game manages to (re)create these experiences is a triumph.
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