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Developing Nusantara Thematic Learning on East Nusa Tenggara

The integrated thematic learning is a learning approach that integrates various competencies from various subjects into various themes. The thematic teaching materials with the Indonesian theme are very much needed by schools. Teaching materials with the theme of the archipelago have not been developed by teachers, and they still refer to books from the government. This paper aims to develop a mobile game application to support learning resources for children. In developing the application, the researchers conduct qualitative approaches using the Edugame Development method that consists of 5 phases: concept, design, production, lunch, and maintenance. It is hoped that the mobile game application would be easier, more fun, and interesting especially for children. This research is still ongoing in the third phase and the research findings indicated that the game is an interesting, effective, and feasible model to inform students about the Indonesian culture for supporting their learning.

This study uses Edugame Development, a game development method with stages that are carried out systematically to build a digital game. This model describes a process applied to instructional design to produce learning which consists of five stages. Edugame Development uses the ADDIE learning development method, which is integrated with Multimedia Development Life Cycle MDLC. ADDIE is to Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate, while MDLC consists of Concept, Design, Obtaining Content Material, Assembly, Testing, and Distribution.

The third phase, production, is the stage the preliminary game is produced using Adobe Animate. Adobe Animate (formerly Adobe Flash Professional, Macromedia Flash, and FutureSplash Animator) is a multimedia authoring and computer animation program developed by Adobe Systems.

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The research was not completed to be run as there are some limitations: (1) The research contains 5 phases is still in progress, and they were only the first until the third phase was conducted; and (2) The fourth and fifth phase will be conducted after the application have been revised.