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Part of Participant Media’s Social Action Campaign tied to the documentary Waiting For “Superman,” the Super School app extends social and civic engagement with critical issues impacting the public education system in America.
As an extension to the documentary Waiting for “Superman,” the Super School iPhone/iPad app attempts to engage a public broader than the film’s audience. While there is no GPS functionality and therefore location is not relevant to this app, it nevertheless represents the ways in which some of the more socially engaged mainstream media entities are strategizing new production, engagement, and business cross- and transmedia models in order to extend their core “mothership” film components.
From the project’s website:
“Super School” takes users through five school periods in a virtual classroom, each of which informs them about the growing problems in the U.S. education system through short videos, articles, and even classic games like memory match and word search. “Super School” was created to have broad appeal for a diverse audience. While “Super School” enables older users to better understand the challenges facing America’s failing schools and facilitates their involvement with the movement, even children can learn critical concepts about education by playing the app’s fun minigames. As users consume content and learn about the issue, they earn points. When the player reaches 200 points, they can post a virtual school on their Facebook profile with a message that they care about education.
Other unique features in this app include the “Take Action” button, which connects to the many non-profit partners associated with the film that are working on the issue. Actions include the ability to instantly send a preformatted letter (which can be edited or tailored, if so desired) to their state congressperson or senator, to directly help a classroom via Donorschoose.org, to download instructions to host a DVD house party or to purchase the DVD and companion book, "Waiting for “Superman”: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools" from PublicAffairs Books. With this app, it’s never been easier to make a difference in a child’s education.
About Waiting for "Superman":
Waiting for “Superman” depicts the moving and poignant struggles of real-life students and their families and the efforts of educators and reformers who are working to find viable solutions within a dysfunctional system. The film debuted on Blu-ray and DVD on February 15th and each disc includes a $25 credit that can be donated to any classroom project listed on DonorsChoose.org.
The iPhone application can be found here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/super-school-presented-by/id421102088?mt=8
Game OverviewA crossmedia campaign about the dysfunctional public education system
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