(Via Boing Boing) I'm a big fan of alternative learning programs -- especially video game inspired programs like Quest to Learn. It seems obvious to me that we've developed tools and techniques for engaging people in immersive, educational experiences that far outperform traditional lecture-and-test style education.
I also like zombie stuff. I mean, not as much as some people, but I do like zombie stuff.
So I was thrilled when I saw "Zombie-Based Learning: Geography taught in Zombie Apocalypse." It's a kickstarter campaign by a middle school teacher who's putting together a curriculum for geography that leads the students through a narrative of a post-apocalypse zombie survival, where they'll learn and apply all the basic middle- and high-school level geography principles they'd have learned[1. Read: memorized out-of-context well enough to pass some tests.] in a traditional lecture course.
The teacher putting this project together got into teaching for the best reason I think anyone gets into anything: He didn't like the way it was being done, so he put himself forward to try and do it better.
There are 22 days left in the kickstarter, and they're a little over halfway towards their $5,000 goal. Here's the link again. If you can spare it, give a contribution.