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With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers

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Video gaming as school work.

A growing number of teachers are investigating the potential of video games as education during the COVID-19 crisis.

Credit: Tara Jacoby/The Washington Post

The quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teachers to utilize popular video games like Assassin's Creed, Minecraft, and Roblox to conduct lessons on a range of topics.

Game publishers are facilitating this trend by making their platforms as accessible as possible to educators during the crisis.

In 2018, Ubisoft added a new mode to Assassin's Creed: Origins, which is set in ancient Egypt, called Discovery Tour. This mode lets players embark on guided tours through famous historical sites and cities.

This mode was recently adapted for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey—set in ancient Greece—complete with additional content like quizzes.

Minecraft also comes with an education mode, which Microsoft has made free for educators and students through June 2020 due to the pandemic.

Roblox is a platform that lets players create their own video games from scratch. The company has partnered with more than 170 educators from 35 countries to discuss applications for the game.

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