Giving rice for free!
an article by Kyle Dawson
The amount of educational information that is
freely available on the internet is amazing. Many
websites even manage to put this information in
the form of games that make learning more
interesting and fun. One such game is Freerice.
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Created by John Breen in 2007, Freerice offers
something that other games do not. After choosing
from a variety of subjects, ranging from language,
math, sciences, geography, humanities and more,
users from all over the world simply answer
multiple choice questions and try to get as many
correct answers as they can.
The thing that makes Freerice unique is that for
each question that is correctly answered, 10
grains of rice are donated to the World Food
Programme, which is made possible by advertising
banners on the site. The World Food Programme then
distributes this rice to people all over the world
suffering from hunger. Common recipients of the
donated rice are the people of Bangladesh,
Cambodia, Bhutan, Uganda, and Nepal.
10 grains per answer may not sound like much, but
when you consider that thousands of people play
the game every day, the amount donated really
starts to add up. In fact, within the first ten
months, users helped donate over 42 billion grains
of rice to people in need. According to the World
Food Programme, that was enough food to feed
50,000 people for one day. The number of grains
donated per month has decreased since the
website;s inception, but it is still going strong.
In 2008, enough rice was donated to feed 6000
people for a whole year.
The ability to learn a variety of new things while
also helping feed hungry people at the same time
has made Freerice truly revolutionary. If things
continue as they are, this game will continue to
make great contributions for many years to come.
Hopefully it will also inspire others to come up
with new, creative ideas that can be used to
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Latest reader comment:
CPNN has received the following request for a review of the Force More Powerful Computer game :
Sujet : [psysr-pe-announce] A Force More Powerful - Computer game
Date : 3/3/06 7:49:38 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Linden Nelson)
To: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This looks good. I have ordered it, but have not yet received it. The resources on their web site would also probably be useful in teaching about nonviolence. If anyone has experienced this game and is willing to share a short review with this listserv, please let me know.
-Linden Nelson <email@example.com>