SimCityEDU: The City Council
November 6, 2013|Posted in: Project Based Learning, SimCityEDU
One of the first hurdles I had to address was the fact I have one computer to have 30 students build their cities on. Good news: SimCity allows you to have one plot of land with up to 11 cities. So I could have a variety of students create their own city and then connect it to the other cities within the same plot of land. The Bad news: still only one computer. I decided to make this a team-based project with groups having 5 people, and each person will have a role to play in building their city. Here are each of the roles I created as part of each city’s council. These students will work on each module and build their city together.
Make sure all of the council members, including themselves, are doing their jobs and contributing to the group.
Encourage the council members to work hard and do their best.
Make sure that all of the day’s assignment are complete and look presentable.
Oversees the volume of group (one person talks at a time)
(Departments: Police, Fire, Schools)
Will rotate who works on the SimCity program for the day. Using the feedback from the city council members, the construction manager will place the items in the city.
Before placing anything, there should be a discussion between council members which comes to an agreement. This is a process, not a free-for-all. (Unassigned items will be torn down at the expense of your city).
Construction Manager (Departments: Energy and Water)
Keeps track of the current Simoleons and how much + or – is coming in.
Responsible for managing the funds available so that the city does not run out of money.
Using quick calculations, the treasurer can tell the council how much a purchase will leave the city in the bank.
They are also responsible for the recording of Simoleons on the record sheet.
Treasurer (Departments: Hospitals and City Zoning Demand)
Record notes throughout the Sim session. If decisions are made, the note taker will have a note about it.
As new concerns arise from Sim citizens during the session they will record it on the daily record sheet.
Note Taker (Departments: Transportation and Roads)
Ensure that all team members are able to contribute ideas
At times there will need to be quick presentations of your city, the communicator will fulfill this role, while navigating the city using the digital projector.
If the group has concerns, only the communicator will bring them to the teacher.
Communicator (Departments: Waste Management: Garbage, Recycling and Sewers)