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Everyone loves games, no matter what their age. So why not use an activity that is engaging by nature to learn or review classroom content? Your students will have more fun, and let’s face it, when they’re having fun AND learning, you’re having fun, too.


Before you choose a tool, consider these questions:

  • What’s your purpose? Presenting new material? Reviewing? Prepping for a major exam? Your purpose may help determine your method.
  • How much material is involved? If you have only a small amount of material, some tools will work better and faster than a complicated tool.
  • How much time do you have—to prepare or to play? The tool or app you use will be different if you want a quick quiz review or if you’re preparing students for a final exam.
  • What subject do you teach? Some games are more appropriate for math, for example, than for social studies, where more text-based information is involved.
  • How do you plan to deliver the game? Will students play as a class, team, or individual? Are other tools needed (clickers or buzzers)? If students will each have a device, the game you choose will be different from the game you present on your interactive whiteboard for teams. It’s also appropriate to post a game to a class website and let students play at home.
  • Will students be expected to run the game? For older students, it is definitely appropriate for them to act as “game show host” and run the game. The game director often learns more than the rest of the class!

Games Videos:

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Using Games for Assessment (2:50)

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Managing Game-Based Learning (2:48)

ADDITIONAL Videos:
Games & Icebreakers (4:08)
Elementary ESL Games - Complete Set of 28 videos
Top 10 Best Classroom Games - (47:26)

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Most of these tools will require that you create an account, which helps you store and retrieve the games you’ve built. Most also are public, which means you may find a game already created that will work for you or easily edited to make it work. We'll take a look at some of these in class, but there are lots more listed below that you should check out when you have time.

Superteachertools lets you build Jeopardy, Speed Match, and Millionaire games from your own material that are saved and played online. The site also has some other nifty classroom tools, like a seating chart, timer, random name generator, etc. (The Jeopardy game template has changed, and the Flash player for Jeopardy is no longer available on the site, but I've attached the file here for you to download: --You're welcome :-)

FlipQuiz is another Jeopardy style game that may be better with younger students, though it will work for any age. The free version does not keep score online, so you will need to appoint a "scorekeeper." There is also no final Jeopardy question.

Jeopardylabs also helps you create a jeopardy game that is saved online to be played anywhere.

Graphiteis a wonderful database of vetted and reviewed games, apps, and resources for all subjects K-12. You can set up a “board” there of your favorites, which works like a Pinterest board.

Quia is not a free game site, although it has a “free to try” policy, but it has a wide range of games and might be worth a look. You can often find a Quia game by searching for “quia rags to riches ###” (### being your topic) online and will have access to someone else’s game.

Anatomy Arcade has some great pre-built games for anatomy or biology students learning human body systems.
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Zondle has lots of games for grades 1-5. You create the topics and enter the content, and then you can create a variety of different games from the same material.
It has a free section with premium upgrade possible. Students can also create their own games here.

Sploder lets students create their own video games. Great for budding geeks!

Labyrinth Elementary math game to find and rescue pets.

Wolfquest – Environmental science for HS+ (requires download)

Day in the Life role-playing history game for MS

Electrocity energy and Environmental Science game – manage the energy to run a city; developed in New Zealand; for MS

Bingo Card Generator to create randomized bingo cards from your terms. Great for vocabulary—any subject, any age.

Kahoot! to create quizzes, surveys, or discussions online. Students need a device to respond to this one, but it's a great summative assessment tool.

Quizlet lets students create flash cards for vocabulary terms. They can play games with the terms to help them study, then they can take quizzes to test their learning. If you like, you can create the flash cards for the class and enter all student user names to create a class.
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Class Challenge #1: Create a Game

With a partner or group, research one or more of the following links.

When you find one you like, create a game or activity to share with the rest of the class.

K - Grade 2

Grades 3 - 5

Grades 6 - 8

Grades 9+

College

ClassTools
ClassTools
Smarty Pins
Zaption
LavaMind
Keyboarding
Keyboarding
Kids Math TV
EdPuzzle
Gazillionaire
Government Branches
Government Branches
EdPuzzle
Dissection
Immune Attack

Duckters
Duckters
ClassTools
ClassTools
Chemikul

Math Playground
Grammaropolis
Grammaropolis
Grammaropolis
Clocks in Rocks
Elementary Math
Math Playground
Dissection
Human Anatomy
Kahoot!
Primary Games
Elementary Math
Anatomy & Health
Anatomy & Health
Quizlet
Cool Math 4 Kids
Primary Games
Keyboarding
Typing
EdPuzzle
ABCya
ABCya
Absolute Blast
Budget Challenge
Just Press Play
Learning Games for Kids
Cool Math 4 Kids
Mission US History
Mission US History
CyberCIEGE
Knowledge Adventure
Learning Games for Kids
Government Branches
Game On
Second Life
Fun Brain Jr.
Kids Spell
iCivics
iCivics
Living Math
Vocabulary Games
7 Little Words
Spelling City



Fun Brain
Language Lessons



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Road to Revolution




Class Challenge #2: Find an Online Activity - Improve the Wiki!

Search for an interactive online activity or game specific for your grade and content area. When you've found one you think you might use, record the site name, the web address and a brief description of the activity, the grade and content area it would be appropriate for, then submit it. I will add what you find to this Games Wiki page for future students to use.

Suggested search terms: "free online games for kindergarten" or "free interactive science activities middle school" or "free web 2.0 game tools" or "free interactive games biology high school"

(Notice they all use FREE!)

Thank you for helping to improve this wiki!



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Check out these web sites for more ideas:

Game Building mostly about game programming for students.
Math Games for K-12 math games.
Teach Bytes this teacher always has great technology tips. If you follow only a few blogs, this one should be on the list!
Teach Hub Games for old-style games--still fun!
Symbaloo.com is a free tool that allows you to create a “webmix” of links to various game activities or educational links for students to explore on their own. Use it as a reward for finishing their work, or as a group of approved sites for a specific project. You have control over what pages are displayed.