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Innovation in Geography Teaching Award

2014 Recipient - Mike Farley



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A geography teacher since 2001, Mike Farley is currently the Department Coordinator of Canadian and World Studies at University of Toronto Schools in Toronto. Ten years ago he introduced a video game about peace and conflict in a grade 12 class and was struck by the profound effect it had. Since then Farley has used more than 30 impact games on subjects like energy, climate change, natural disasters, and the environment in his Grades 7 to 12 geography classes. This work led to the creation of ChangeGamer, a computer game database with original supporting curriculum.  As a recent recipient of a Eureka grant from the Newton Foundation, Mike Farley is carrying out further research on games in education with his classes in this school year in conjunction with the University of Toronto.

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