If you are one of those people who pay attention to developments in online education there is a fair amount of talk about these days about the “gamification” (a ungainly term at best) of learning. But there is nothing new or earth shattering about the idea of using ‘play’ to engage learners and deepen understanding. The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program is well aware of this fact and has used an old school approach to educate about IPM practices.
Playing cards is a time honored way to pass the time and create social bonds in many communities. I grew up in a rural community and can recall many nights spent around the table with friends and relatives playing pitch or pinochle or rummy. Successfully merging this tradition with an educational intent is a great example of creatively re-shaping extension education to reach a target audience.
Want to learn how to play Pest Pinochle? Whether you want to learn about pests in the home or what the farmer down the road is doing, there’s a pinochle deck for you! Check out the IPM_pinochle_instructions (pdf).
To get your own Pest Pinochle decks, contact Karen English, email@example.com, 315-787-2624.
You can learn more about the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program – Just click on this link.