reading articles and watching videos, I have no doubt that gaming is a “fun”
way to teach skills and engage students. I remember playing games as a child
and looking forward to when we would head to the computer lab for game time. Some
educational games I remember are Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? and Oregon
Trail. I liked when Jane
McGonigal said, “Games give students the ability to chat, share strategies, and
not feel defeated.” I think students take more risks in a gaming format compared
to in-class discussions.
I have a
SMART board in my classroom and already use games on a daily basis. We try to
play at least one game a day (about 5 – 10 minutes) that works on skills we
have been studying in the classroom. We usually play our games in teams to make
it a little more competitive. I also like to share the resources I find with my
parents, so students can play them at home as well.
I already use are:
(Students can play each other with these games.)
Online – We like the bank of games, unfortunately, they have to be purchased.
New ones I
found to use and implement:
(There are a lot of science games. You need to register, but everything I found
(This is an energy game.)
I would like
to find more interactive, engaging, free games for literacy and history.