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Critical Thinking and Math in Video Games

Learn problem-solving, planning, and sequencing with this engaging game that combines real-world math skills with the fun of a video game.
Daniel DeZago
287 total reviews for this teacher
New class
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Next on Fri, Sep 30

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3:00 – 3:50 PM
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will become familiar with the needs of planning, applying mathematic principles, observing supply and demand in real-time, and even some real-world science as the game progresses, needing more and more complex recipes of ingredients to make more complex products and byproducts.
I have been a gamer for most of my life, and it was partly from the desire to expand my gaming that I built my first computer when I was 12 and never really looked back. Specific to this class, I have logged over 4k hours playing games that revolve around systems, processes, critical thinking, strategy, and resource management. In my full-time job, I manage complex workflows and projects as the Communications Director at a large non-profit. I find great joy in explaining complicated things to my boys as they grow up in our technologically saturated culture which is what brought me to teach on Outschool.
The homework would be to play this game (or another game with similar principles). Ideally, from week to week we can share our screens and see the progress and offer feedback on the material flow and factory processes that are being designed by each of the students.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
This game can get very deep very quickly. Restarting is a normal part of learning. I would consider a student to have learned if they can consistently get farther and farther in their research progression without running out of materials or people.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This class uses a game called Captain of Industry to reinforce critical thinking, math, and planning skills. To find out more about this game visit their website here. It is highly encouraged that you purchase the game for the best experience.
I do not require any specific games or knowledge for this class. Students that enjoy or currently play games like Cities Skylines, Stellaris, Civilization, or the Total War series will find things that are similar in this class.


Daniel DeZago
Lives in the United States
Learn Video and Technology from a Professional
287 total reviews
264 completed classes

About Me

For the last 18 months, I have been teaching on Outschool about things that interest me because teaching is a great way to learn. I started teaching on Outschool with classes just related to video editing for gamers. I've expanded to encompass...Β 
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