This page contains resources for educators, including a quick start guide, sample lesson plans, and more.

iPlan in the News

Solving real-world problems with an online game
The Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, 2022

New Immersive Simulator Lets Game Players Reimagine Land Use Based on Real Science
Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) News, 2022

Further Reading

iPlan simulates local, socio-environmental problem solving for diverse learners.
A. R. Ruis, A. L. Siebert Evenstone, J. Brohinsky, Y. Tan, C. L. Hinojosa, Z. Cai, C. L. Marquart, T. J. Lark, C. Barford, & D. W. Shaffer. (2022) “Localizing Socio-Environmental Problem Solving,” In A. Weinberger, W. Chen, D. Hernández-Leo, & B. Chen (Eds.), International Collaboration toward Educational Innovation for All: Overarching Research, Development, and Practices: 15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2022, (459–462).

Computer games and simulations can help kids learn to solve complex, real-world problems.
D. W. Shaffer. (2007). How Computer Games Help Children Learn. Palgrave Macmillan.

Learning outcomes are better when place-based simulations are located in places learners are familiar with.
A. L. Siebert-Evenstone & D. W. Shaffer. (2019). Location, Location, Location: The Effects of Place in Place-Based Simulations. In K. Lund, G. Niccolai, E. Lavoué, C. Hmelo-Silver, G. Gweon, & M. Baker (Eds.), A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings: 13th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2019: Vol. I (pp. 152–159).

The techniques for geospatial aggregation and consolidation of land-cover classes that are used to create land-use maps in iPlan are up to 97% accurate.
T. J. Lark, I. H. Schelly, & H. K. Gibbs. (2021). Accuracy, Bias, and Improvements in Mapping Crops and Cropland across the United States Using the USDA Cropland Data Layer. Remote Sensing, 13(5): 968.

iPlan was developed by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Massachusetts Audubon Society with funding from the National Science Foundation (DRL-1713110).