Games and Quizzes

·      ABCya = http://abcya.com/

"ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn. Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Fun children's Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!"

My take: This site is for K-5 teachers. The online games are aimed to help students develop and practice their reading, spelling, math and geography skills

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·      Big Picture Small World = http://www.bigpicturesmallworld.com/index.shtml

"Experimental learning games."

My take: One of my teacher friends and I have been working on a computer classroom - one of the strongest reasons I want such a classroom is I believe that differentiation could be taken to a new level. In order to truly push students to their limits and help all students reach their potential it would be ideal to create an individualized custom menu option type of system - games are helpful for all students to learn and if all students had a computer a site like the one posted below could truly inspire a classroom.

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·      Braingle = http://www.braingle.com/index.php

"Brain Teasers, Riddles, Trivia, Brain Exercises, Games, Forums and more...With over 20,000 brain teasers, riddles, logic problems, quizzes and mind puzzles submitted and ranked by users like you, Braingle has the largest collection anywhere on the internet. Our large array of unique online multiplayer games will keep you entertained for hours, and if you want to improve your brain, check out the Mentalrobics section. If you crave a brain teaser, mind puzzle, riddle or game, we are the place to get it. Increase your creativity, boost learning and become a better person at Braingle. Get ready to have your brain tangled!"

My take: Games help students use their brains to solve problems or compete in multi-player games -

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·      Braineos = http://www.braineos.com/

"Play games..."

My take: Wide variety of categories for the games ranging from vocabulary, Spanish, French, language, science, math, history, verbs, to numbers. The site has adequate games but not the greatest.

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·      CNN Challenge = http://www.cnnchallenge.com/

“Weekly news challenge designed for students"

My take: This site is a great site that is interactive and allows students to test their knowledge - I enjoy the fact that the game is structured around the basic questions that I utilize constantly in my classroom - Who? When? Where? What? Why?

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·      Creativity Games = http://creativitygames.net/

"Creative thinking is quickly becoming our most valuable asset.  CreativityGames is here to encourage and enable you to push the boundaries of your creative ability.  We provide fun games, challenges and resources to develop your creativity,  tools to bring out the best in you and a community to let it flourish."

My take: This site offers educational games - with a focus on stimulating creativity. In addition, games focus on memory, words, and organization.

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·      Cyberkidz = http://www.cyberkidzgames.com

“Cyberkidz is an educational platform for boys and girls in the age of 4 till 12 years. By playing the educational games, children will practice subjects they learn in elementary school (Preschool, Kindergarten, Grades 1-5).”

My take: Site has educational games for elementary students. Game topics include: math, literacy, geography, arts and music, and science. These games are designed for some smart boards.

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“The Fast-Paced Time-Wasting Word Game” 

My take: This game is fun and lives up to the billing - this and knoword.org are great! I highly recommend both

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·       EducaPlay = http://en.educaplay.com/en/

"Educaplay is a platform to create multimedia teaching activities. You can create your own teaching activities with an attractive professional result"

My take: This site is still in beta version as of 07.09 - the flash games are clean looking - however, for my district our move to the iPad makes these games unusable - these activities require time and no fear when it comes to using technology.

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·      Fuel the Brain = http://www.fuelthebrain.com/

"Educational Resources and Games."

My take: Very helpful resources and games - especially for math students and teachers.

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·      Geo Edu = http://www.geoedu.info/index.html

 “An Atlas and a Game to learn Worldwide Geography"

My take: You must download the game an atlas - but this game offers 108,804 Questions based off an atlas helping students learn about analyzing information and much more

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·      Geo Sense = http://www.geosense.net/

 “An Atlas and a Game to learn Worldwide Geography" 

My take: An easy to play geography game where you try to identify city locations. I am interested to check out the available App version. I still prefer other versions of this game but the App possibility is something I need to check out with the iPad pilot in the district.

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·      Gnowledge = http://www.gnowledge.com/tests/top10tests.aspx

“"To democratize education by advocating community-generated content and assessment for every conceivable syllabus worldwide at Gnowledge.”

My take: You can create tests and share them with others. This has the potential to help educators create common assessments. You are able to search by subject or grade level.

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·      HSI: Historical Scene Investigation = http://web.wm.edu/hsi/index.html

Investigate history through primary documents and images."

My take:  Very cool way to help students investigate and examine primary documents. Students take on a case and try to construct their answers based upon primary documents. At the conclusion of their investigation students need to answer questions and decide if the case should be closed or if more investigation is necessary.

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·      JeopardyLabs- Online Jeopardy Template - http://jeopardylabs.com/

“JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint."

My take: The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template is a piece of cake. Just use our simple editor to get your game up and running. Very easy to use.

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·      Knoword = http://www.knoword.org/index.php

"Knoword is a game of quick thinking, smart decisions and great words. When you begin, you will be given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. You must fill in the rest of the word to experience a gain in points and an added time bonus. You will start off with one minute before the game ends, and every word is an opportunity to extend your time. If you're ever stuck on a word, just hit the skip button and a new puzzle will present itself.

If you're able to string together correct answers, you will notice your Word streak counter increasing. You can accumulate badges and additional points by achieving certain amounts of consecutively correct words... How far can you get?"

My take: I absolutely love this game. It is a great way to make your mind think - I am addicted to Words with Friends and if this game had an iPhone app this would be a close second. Anyone who enjoys words will love this game. Please give it a try.

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Learning Games for Kids = http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

“Educational games are a great tool for building foundation math and language skills that today's elementary school curriculum requires. These online learning games and songs for kids are fun, teach important skills for preschool and elementary school kids and they're free. Want educational games that help build skills in math, language, science, social studies, and more? You've come to the right place!”

My take: A site with tons of K-5 games - it is worth visiting if you are a elementary teacher.

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·      Learn4Good = http://www.learn4good.com/kids/index.htm

"Free access to hundreds of educational games, activities, worksheets, lessons & top schools websites for all Kids including teens."

My take: This website houses games for students - I believe the games are more geared towards elementary students. However, there are some resources for older students. 

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·      Lure of the Labyrinth = http://labyrinth.thinkport.org/www/

Lure of the Labyrinth is a product of the Learning Games to Go (LG2G) project, funded by a Star Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education, spearheaded by Maryland Public Television (MPT).LG2G concentrates on creating essential resources for pre-algebra students and the teachers and families working with them, as well as aggregating other manipulatives, web sites, and teacher tools that can help students think like mathematicians..”

My take: A math game for pre-algebra students - I played for a few moments and the game is engaging and the puzzles involve important math skills. I believe this could be a great review game over the summer for students or a fun way to integrate math into their thinking.

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·      Mindcipher = http://mindcipher.net/

"The social repository of the world's greatest brain teasers, logical puzzles and mental challenges. Join us to add, rate, and comment on puzzles!"

My take: Educationally limited - but brain teasers and puzzles are great ways to help students learn how to think and problem solve.

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·      MinyanLand = http://www.minyanland.com/

"MinyanLand is a virtual community designed to engage kids and families in games and interaction that are entertaining and educational...We created MinyanLand as a platform to entertain and educate a young generation so they understand the concept of a market and the basics of economics and finance on a real world level.  The economic system of MinyanLand mimics the real-life pricing of general goods and services. As players participate in the system, their actions will affect the overall MinyanLand economy. This is how they will learn..."

My take: This is an interesting game that allows students to learn about money. The site believes the game is suited for all age groups but I believe it is best for elementary students.

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·      MySTudiyo = http://mystudiyo.com/create

“ Create great looking interactive quizzes in minutes”

My take: Limited use - I prefer other sites

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·      PhyFun = http://www.phyfun.com/

"Physics Games on Phyfun Games"

My take: Site provides links to several games to help teach physics. New physics game are released consistently - the games are free and the site also provides video walkthroughs, cheats, and solutions to the games.

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·      Pipo Games = http://www.pipogames.com/webonline/webingles/

“A collection of software for primary learning"

My take: Fun and easy games for the elementary schools. I recommend checking out this site.

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·      Placefy = http://www.placefy.com/

“A geography game through pictures"

My take: Fun and easy game where you try to guess where a picture is from - educationally less relevant but any game where students are thinking geography is good.
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·      Playing History = http://playinghistory.org/

“Source for historical games.”

My take: The games I have explored are helpful but I am just beginning to investigate this site to connect what games work with each unit. 

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·      Pro Profs = http://www.proprofs.com/

“ProProfs provides FREE knowledge sharing tools & FREE online education!"

My take: Free online provider for quizzes and flashcards. These are the type of sites my students use on their own. They often are looking for the easiest and fastest ways to study. I have students who study stems with such sites.
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·      Quizlet = http://quizlet.com/

"The best way to study languages, vocabulary, or almost anything"

My take: Students enjoy the ability to make note cards, flashcards, study lists, etc. Students can share lists with classmates, create new lists, or use lists already on the site - a colleague of mine already has her students use this site and her students really enjoy it.

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·      QuizSnack = http://www.quizsnack.com/

"Online surveys & polls, the easy way!"

My take: This site offers a free service for creating and posting polls and quizzes to blogs or websites - it is an easy template and there are several types of questions to select from. It is important that you need the latest Flash or JavaScript installed for the site to work.

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·      Quiz Tree = http://www.quiz-tree.com/index.html

"Welcome to Quiz-Tree.com! Who said that learning has to be boring? Everybody learns better when they are having fun! Here at Quiz-Tree.com you will find educational games and quizzes on many subjects, including Math, Reading, Spanish, Geography, SAT, Spelling, Music and more. All activities come with animated interface, fun sounds and other cool features that make learning more enjoyable."

My take: Helpful site with quality games and quizzes to help students in various subjects.

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·      QuizGeo = http://www.quizgeo.com/

"QuizGeo allows you to create and play quizzes based on geography using Google Maps. This can include anything from locating all of the countries in the world to locating all of the playground equipment at your local park or school. Since you place the questions on the map you can decide how large of an area your quiz will encompass"

My take: Easy to create quizzes - in addition, you can use quizzes already created to test your students knowledge- Beta version.

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·      Quizinator = http://www.quizinator.com/

"Create, Store, and Print worksheets, studysheets, exams and quizzes online"

My take: Easy to create quizzes and worksheets - easy to change the order of questions to differentiate for your classroom.

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·      ReachtheWorld.org – GeoGames = http://www.reachtheworld.org/geogames/index.html

“Play games that teach you about geography. Fill in maps and more…”

My take: My students enjoy using this site to study for map quizzes on the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia.

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·      Sharendipity = http://games.sharendipity.com/

"Sharendipity is a web based creativity suite where anyone can build and deploy engaging and interactive web applications."

My take: Sharendipity allows users to create interactive games, widgets, and tools. Site is meant to be used by students and teachers.

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·      Smart Kit = http://www.smart-kit.com/

“"Puzzle Playground”

My take: The site has games and puzzles for students that foster problem solving skills. Not as academic as other game sites but contains very fun challenges

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·      Spent = http://www.spific.com/

“Spent was launched in February 2011 as a collaboration between McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham. earn more about UMD's mission at umdurham.org”

My take: This online game is designed to teach players about the challenges of living on minimum wage. Players select a job and make choices trying to survive the month without going into debt. The player's account balance is adjusted after each choice. In addition to the change in the player's balance sheet, each choice is followed by an explanation of consequence of the choice made. I recommend this game for late middle school and high school students.

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·      Stencyl = http://www.stencyl.com

"Create Flash games with StencylWorks on your Mac & PC. For free."

My take:  This site allows you to create Flash games - these flash games are not compatible with our district's iPad pilot.

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·      Study Stack = http://www.studystack.com/

"StudyStack takes online flashcards to a whole new level. The site automatically creates many other activities based on the data from your flashcards. These activities have two main benefits. The first is that studying won't be so boring. So without even realizing it you'll naturally study more. The second benefit is that by reviewing the data in several different formats, you'll end up memorizing the information better as your brain makes several different connections with the data."

My take:  I enjoyed using this site - it is easy to use and allows students to create electronic notes cards to study - in addition they have other games that help students learn key terms and words - the more a student uses a vocabulary word the better they learn this word and this site offers a great place for students to receive help - I strongly recommend this study site for all students

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·      Testmoz = http://testmoz.com/

“Testmoz is a test generator that sports 4 question types, automatic grading, a really simple interface and detailed reports.Testmoz is free, and does not require you (or your students) to register."

My take: The site is great for creating quick easy quizzes. Automatic grading and options are easy to use. Only draw back is easy to separate student results - Quia is better but is a paid site.

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·      Think About History Trivia Game = http://www.history.com/genericContent.do?id=56082

“Triva game presented by www.history.com. Test your knowledge”

My take: Offers great opportunity for differentiation. I look forward to continuing to integrate this material into my course.

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·      Toporopa = http://www.toporopa.eu/en/index.html

"Train your brain with geography."

My take: Geography games for Europe. There are 18 games available in 6 different languages. The games are primarily identification games - such as find the Capitals of Europe. For the more advanced, there is Battles of Europe -

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·      US Geography Map Game = http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

 “Games to help you study for map quizzes and tests.”

My take: Helpful for students who want to study for US capital and state quizzes.

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·     Word Games = http://www.wordgames.com/

“Provider of a large collection of online word games and typing games”

My take: Site can be helpful for students learning how to type - in addition, fun games such as word searches and crossword puzzles.

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·      Yogome = http://yogome.com/

"More than games - powerful learning tools."

My take: This site is working to develop educational games for iPads and browsers - this is exciting as they are working to make mobile friendly games. The site is still in the early stages but worth checking back to in a little bit for those looking to use or create educational games.

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·      Zondle = http://zondle.com

"Play any of the thousands of zondle topics in almost any zondle game.  You can also create topics, set topics for students, monitor progress, and much more..."

My take: This site has thousands of games sortable by topic. I believe this site is meant more for elementary skills and is not recommended for middle school students at this time.

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