App crit – Cook’s Voyages

Crit Room

Friday, April 16, 2021: 2:00pm - 3:30pm - - Crit Room

peter tattersall, Australian National Maritime Museum, Australia

To help guide their decisions and actions, players have the opportunity to learn from Larila, a proud Pakana woman from Tasmania’s North East. For the first time, players have the opportunity to engage with perspectives from both on the shore, as well as from the ship, making this a landmark game that responds to our dynamic understanding of these early interactions between the British and Australia’s First People. If players choose to act responsibly, they can learn language from five different nations as they travel up Australia’s East Coast while also taking the opportunity to record the local plants and animals on Country at each location.
The game is designed to challenge students across a series of content areas, as well as engaging them to use and develop key developmental skills. Cook’s ground-breaking voyages into the Pacific were incredible scientific journeys into the unknown, and this, as well as the historical elements of the game are explored. The mapping of coastlines, and the skilful use of time are also key challenges for the player and mean that both literacy and numeracy skills are well integrated in the gaming experience.