ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT SIMULATIONS
It seems now possible to have a decent, formal, and hopefully meaningful dialogue between Israelis and Arabs on two separate computer simulations. The two simulations are entitled Arab-Israeli Conflict (AIC) and Conflix.
AIC forces the student sot imitate world leaders and to discuss, over an eight=-week period, the political situation. The characters are supposed to interact with one another, the events of the "game" are totally student-driven and include three separate groups: high school students in approximately a dozen schools worldwide, "facilitators, who may be teachers to provide guidance, and an AIC ",mentoring staff" made up of University of Michigan undergraduates who receive course credit for their monitoring.
Conflix has students assume real-life politicians' roles. In fact, each student is expected to "assume" three separate roles who communicate with one another via press releases, e-mail and real-time chats, and are again monitored by University of Michigan undergraduates as well as guided by more experienced high school students.
The purpose of both of these simulation programs is student learning. One may wonder whether "learning:" is the same as "understanding". Simulation, as good as it may be in at least opening a door for communicating, still is not the real thing- being there.
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