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New mass shooting simulator aims to help teachers respond more effectively in a crisis


Teachers in the US will soon be able to use a version of the US government’s game-like multiplayer training simulator, known as EDGE, to practice responses to school shootings.

EDGE, which stands for Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment, is a $5.6 million simulation tool and “game-based training application” developed and used by the US army and the Department of Homeland Security. The idea is that it can realistically simulate emergencies in a flexible virtual sandbox environment, enabling first responders – law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and so on – to experience and role-play crisis situations and learn effective response strategies.

Currently, one scenario – an active shooter incident at a local hotel – is available to US first responder agencies, but that will be expanded next year with a second scenario based around a mass school shooting. It’s been designed specifically for use by teachers.