Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tree Planet - Nurture Virtual Trees and Help the Environment At the Same Time

Tree Planet is a game that has a similar double bottom line concept as Free Rice. You play the game and the game's developer does something good for the world. In Tree Planet you plant and tend virtual trees. To plant the tree you have to dig soil, fertilize, and water your seeds. As the tree grows you need to protect it from hazards like sheep and loggers. When your virtual trees are fully grown Tree Planet and its partners will plant a real tree in Mongolia, Republic of Sudan, or South Korea. Tree Planet has partnerships with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and World Vision.

Tree Planet is available for Android and iPhone. I actually installed it on my iPad just to test it even though it's not optimized for iPad display. I also installed it on my Nexus 7. I preferred the iOS version because the Android version required an extra download of 40mb of images after installing the app. The developer is South Korean and the pages in App Store are written in Korean, but the app can be used in English.

Applications for Education
Playing Tree Planet could a good way to teach young students about the responsibility of caring for plants. Students could log into the game daily to maintain their plants until they have reached maturity. Once your students' virtual trees have reached maturity you could launch into lessons about the countries in which your students real trees will be planted.

H/T to The Next Web