Welcome to the information page for teachers about Lockdown Minds™. Here you can find more information about the content of the game, the development method and the interdisciplinary learning outcomes for Flemish education.
Lockdown Minds™ is completely FREE to play on the platform. The game is
ideal for distance learning at home but can also be used in the
classroom as a conversation starter about mental well-being. On this
page, teachers will find more information about the content, development
method and interdisciplinary learning outcomes of the game.
Seven teenagers are living together in a dorm, your student takes the role of the newcomer. On top of that, a lockdown has just been announced…
Players have conversations with their fellow housemates to get to know them better, help their housemates with small and not so small problems and play minigames that provide them with (social) skills and offer useful insights.
The game breaks down barriers and taboos about psychological well-being in a playful way. Young people learn how to deal with difficult moments, stress and fears. During the game, they not only learn about self-care and caring for others, but also how to come into contact with services and organizations they can turn to themselves.
A side effect of the Corona crisis that cannot be underestimated is the negative impact on the mental well-being of many young people. The lockdown and the introduction of social distancing also made it harder for young people to find help. This prompted us to make an urgent contribution to the online range of youth work, and shortly after, gameWise launched its free online game Lockdown Minds™, the single-player version of the Serious Urban Game® Mindfits™.
This way, we can continue to support and empower young people, even if we can’t physically get to them.
Students can easily create an account on the platform
and start playing immediately! Have your students surf to our website
and click on the PLAY button at the top, that way they can easily find
If you experienced any issues while playing or you would like to give us feedback about the game, don't hesitate to send us an e-mail!
The game based empowerment method formed the basis for the development of this serious game. This method is closely related to game-based learning and is partly based on the Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985) in order to increase the motivation of young people. In this method, the emphasis lies on young people’s own strengths and abilities. Therefore, our games do not only focus on knowledge but also, and especially, on empowering young people.
By developing the game together with young people, we make the characters and stories recognizable and create a simulation that comes close to their reality. The online anonymous aspect then again provides a safe environment to practice and experiment. Young people learn from these experiences and can subsequently correct their own choices and behavior.
A study (link in dutch) into our methodology in the Netherlands (conducted by Panteia on behalf of Schouders Eronder) showed that this methodology not only has a higher learning effect but that these results also remain positive in the long term.
The first edition of the game was launched in April 2020. At that time, more than 2000 young people played the game and we received 500 feedback forms. The feedback was processed together with the input from various co-creation trajectories with youth organizations Arktos, Cachet vzw, vzw aPart, Groep Intro vzw and their young people. That way, we want to create a game that is more in line with the actual social environment and current needs of young people. You can read here why we find the further development of this game so important and how we approach this.
While playing the game, students will work on the interdisciplinary learning outcomes listed below.While playing the game, students will work on the interdisciplinary learning outcomes listed below.
NB: These will be adjusted according to the renewed learning outcomes for secondary education in Flanders as of September 2021.
|communicative skills||1. put into practice key elements of communicative action|
|perseverance||4. continue, despite difficulties, to pursue their goal|
|empathy||5. take into consideration the situation, views and emotions of others|
|8. seize learning opportunities in various situations|
|flexibility||9. are prepared to adapt to changing demands and circumstances|
|critical thinking||12. are able to weigh up alternatives and make an informed decision|
|13. can approach topics from different points of view|
|media literacy||14. handle media critically|
|open and positive attitude||16. take into consideration developments, within themselves, others, society and the world|
|respect||18. behave respectfully|
|self-image||21. gain insight into their own strengths and weaknesses|
|22. develop their own identity as authentic individuals, belonging to different groups|
|self-sufficiency||23. rely on social services and institutions|
|24. use appropriate channels to voice their questions, concerns, ideas or opinions|
|caring||26. are able to handle diversity|
|1. handle task load and stressful situations effectively|
|2. handle joy, sadness, fear, anger, loss and grief effectively|
|3. recognize problematic situations and request, accept and offer help|
|4. accept and process their sexual maturation and going through puberty|
are able to express themselves about and handle friendship, love,
sexual identity and orientation, sexual feelings and behavior
|6. show their vulnerable side|
|3. accept differences and value respect and caring within a relationship|
|4. can admit to being in the wrong and apologize|
|5. be discreet about situations that require it|
|6. recognize prejudices, stereotypes, inappropriate manipulation and abuse of power|
discuss views on medical, psychological and social aspects of forms of
cohabitation, safe sex, family planning, pregnancy and pregnancy
|8. express their wishes and feelings in relationships openly and constructively, and set and accept boundaries in relationships|
|9. seek constructive solutions to conflicts|
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