GAMES IN EDUCATION


Alice

GENERAL


**10 Great Sites for Finding Free Educational Games**
Educational games are a great way for students of all ages to learn and retain information. The internet is full of sites that offer free access to games of all kinds, and there is no shortage of educational games that can be downloaded, or simply played right on your web browser. This post includes 10 sites, which will link you to a wide variety of free educational games.

**Games-based learning (L&T, Scotland)**
If you want to find out more about the background to learning with digital games, more gaming resources and best practices, this is a good resource to explore.

**Futurelab Projects**
You can find some very interesting edugames and learning tool projects going on here.

**Persuasive Games**
A cool collection of edugames developed by Persuasive Games.


Grading with Games - An Interview with James Paul Gee James Paul Gee (Arizona State University professor) sees a bright future for video games in the learning process -- in and out of school. Yes, playing educational games is learning with continuous assessment and feedback (isn't that what we want!). It teaches you problem solving, and a bunch of other necessarily thinking skills required to succeed today. Games in essence, is simply problem solving with assessment in an engaging and fun way. It is not the whole solution to improving education, put it is certainly part of it. It can at least motivate students to learn
PowerPoint Games (Jeff Ertzberger) A cool site with a great collection of PowerPoint (Word and Excel, too!) games and game templates for whole class participation and individual student use.
The Top 5 Platforms for Creating Educational Video Games This list tends to focus on platforms for games created by university researchers and governmental organizations.
EclipseCrossword Is a fast, easy, and free way to create web and print-based crossword puzzles in minutes.
Brain Tune It helps you to tune your brain and allows you quickly to remember all the things you wished you could (e.g. dates, places, vocabularies), and uses intelligent ways of asking questions. All catalogs are created by community members of brain-tune.
Serious Games - Networking Portal A web portal to serious games news, resources and companies. Its secondary goal is to enable networking between anyone with an interest in serious games.
75 Free EduGames to Spice Up Your Course! 75 FREE EduGames (Educational Games) that sounds and looks interesting for Higher Education.
Serious Games Initiative Is focused on uses for games in exploring management and leadership challenges facing the public sector.
Educational Games Research Research and discussion concerning instructional video games.
Gwap When you play a game at Gwap (e.g. ESP Game), you aren't just having fun. You're helping the world become a better place. By playing their games, you're training computers to solve problems for humans all over the world.
Social Impact Games It is designed as a community resource for all those interested in games with non-entertainment goals. You can find more than 200 educational games here.
The Education Arcade Represents a consortium of international game designers, publishers, scholars, educators, and policy makers who are exploring the new frontiers of educational media that have been opened by computer and video games.
WebQuest Is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web.
jQuizShow Is based on the popular "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" TV game show. You can customize the questions to what you want. It is written in Java , and can run on any platform that supports Java.
26 Learning Games to Change the World A great post by Jeff Cobb about 26 educational games out there that are geared towards making a difference in the world.
Whyville Game's learning objectives: Provide a student-centered, hands-on environment for exploring various school subjects. Type: Instructional Online Virtual World
ClassTools.net - Flash Game Templates for Educators Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!
Hot Potatoes The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises.
ReviseICT.co.uk - Interactive Revision Materials to Help Learn ICT Includes such games as ‘penalty shootout’, ‘walk the plank’, ‘beat the bomb’, ‘hoop shoot’ and ‘fling the teacher’! All of the flash games are produced using ContentGenerator.


MATH

Math Playground An action-packed site for elementary and middle school students. Practice your math skills, play a logic game and have some fun!
Math at the Mall Practice math while shopping at a virtual mall. Find the exact change, calculate the interest earned at the bank, compare health memberships at the gym, and figure out how much to tip your waiter at THe Happy Hamburger.
Change Maker Figure out how many of each bill or coin that you expect to get back when you pay for something. For example, if something costs $3.75 and you pay with a five dollar bill, you would expect back one quarter and one dollar bill. If you get the answer correct, the amount of change is added to your piggy bank. If you get the answer wrong, the correct amount of change is subtracted from your piggy bank. The more money you get in your piggy bank, the harder the questions will get.
Crash Scene Investigation (Edheads) Help the highway patrol recreate a deadly crash by examining the evidence and calculating the forces. Use trigonometry, physics, and geometry to figure out what happened at an auto crash scene.
Interactivate - Math Activities This site provides a range of interactive tools to help students understand maths concepts. There are 149 tools to play with! Each tool has a section for the learner (explains the concept), a help section and information for the instructions.


LANGUAGE ARTS

Iya-ola A collection of language learning games with a difference: the player can only progress through collaborating with a learner in a different country. Iya-ola provides carefully structured language exercises using web-based audio-visual chat technology. Initially focusing on English and Spanish, it has the potential to be developed for use with other languages.
Tactical Language and Culture Training Systems A military-supported language acquisition game. The objective of the project is to develop tools to support individualized language learning, and apply them to the acquisition of tactical languages necessary to accomplish specific missions. The training system enables learners to communicate directly with on-screen characters using a speech recognition interface. The objective is to make the toolset easily applicable to new tactical languages, missions, and training contexts. Developed by USC's CARTE group for DARPA's Darwars Program.
Scrabulous Scrabulous is enjoyed by millions of users! Besides regular Scrabulous, you can also play Scrabulous over emails, get an adrenaline rush with Scrabulous Blitz, or just practice with the computer. Registration and all games at Scrabulous are FREE.
Crossword Express This tool enables you to construct your own Standard and Freeform Crosswords, FillIn, CodeWord, WordSearch, Acrostic, Sudoku, and Kakuro Puzzles, and many others. Every puzzle type made by Crossword Express has a FREE companion Applet so that you can publish any puzzle interactively on your own web site.
AIDtoCHILDREN - Vocabulary Game The game will help to expand your vocabulary and help children in need while doing so. For every correct answer they will donate .25 cents to children in need.
Find the Authors Among hundreds of letters, the names of Literature Laureates are hidden. Pick a period and search for the authors mentioned on the list beside the puzzle. The names may be written in all directions.
Lord of the Flies The game is supposed to be played after one has read the book "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. The aim is to introduce some basic analytical aspects concerning the book and to challenge the reader's memory through play.
Anagramarama The aim of the game is to find as many words as possible in the time available. Get the longest word and you'll advance to the next level.
Arden - World of William Shakespeare Game's learning bbjective: Attain an appreciation of Shakespearean authorship and Elizabethan England. Type: Modification of Neverwinter Nights Diamond
FreeRice A cool game to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free (Made possible by the sponsors who advertise on the site).


SCIENCE


Racing Academy Racing Academy is a racing videogame built on an advanced physics simulation engine. It is intended to support an online community of learners' increased familiarity with engineering concepts, through racing and engineering realistic virtual models of cars.
Energyville It’s up to you to provide enough power to meet the energy demands of your city’s 3.9 million people while keeping them prosperous, secure, and living in a clean environment. The implications of the energy decisions you make today for your city in 2015 are based on the current lifestyles and the projected energy demands and costs for developed countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Superstruct This fall, The Institute for the Future invites you to play Superstruct, the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game. It’s not just about envisioning the future—it’s about inventing the future. Everyone is welcome to join the game. Watch for the opening volley of threats and survival stories, September 2008.
Immune Attack An educational video game that introduces basic concepts of human immunology to high school and entry-level college students. It aims to excite students about the subject, while also illuminating general principles and detailed concepts of immunology.
WaterBusters! A game to teach tips for water conservation around the home.
NitroGenius Is a multi-player, multi-stakeholder game about solving nitrogen problems. A free single-player (demo) version is available.
ElectroCity ElectroCity is a new online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It teaches players about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand.
The Immune System Defender Ilya Mechnikov, inserted a thorn into a larva and noticed strange cells gathering around the thorn. The cells were eating any foreign substances entering the ruptured skin (devouring cells). Play the game to learn more!
The Ear Pages Sound is caused by changes of pressure in the air that is transformed into nerve impulses in the inner ear. Explore "The Ear Pages" and collect the snail shaped symbols to gain points in the quiz!
The Conductive Valley We have been taught that plastics, unlike metals, do not conduct electricity. However, plastic can, after certain modifications, be made electrically conductive. Play the game to learn more.
Chirality Chiral molecules can be used to control or speed up different chemical reactions. In this game you can learn the basic principles of chirality.
Invar & Steel Alloys Steel, brass and amalgam are a few examples of an alloy. Invar, from the word "invariable", is a special steel alloy - used today in toasters and CRT-monitors for example. Play the game to learn more.
Heating Plastics There are two major groups of plastics - some melt when heated and others don't. Find out why by playing the Heating Plastics Game.
The Recycler (Transistors) Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain, the men behind the transistor, were awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Today, transistors are found in virtually every electronic device. Play the recycling game to learn more.
The Laser Challenge Laser is used in many areas, such as research, communication, industry, medicine, and environmental care. Learn more about the laser by playing this game.
Fold It - Solve Puzzles for Science Is a computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. Foldit uses spare computer time, via a screensaver, to work out how proteins fold. Players use their computers to fold proteins.
Blood Typing In this game you have to blood type each patient and give them a blood transfusion.
Virtual Hip Surgery - Total Hip Replacement Surgery (Edheads) Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a hip replacement surgery!
Virtual Knee Surgery - Total Knee Replacement (Edheads) Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.
Airport Security You’re an airport screener. Can you correctly identify risky items hidden in baggage? Uses actual X-ray images of dangerous devices.
Re-Mission Is a challenging, 3D “shooter” with 20 levels that takes the player on a journey through the body of young patients with different kinds of cancer.
Harpooned Harpooned is a free game for Windows. It is a Cetacean Research Simulator, where you play the role of a Japanese scientist performing research on whales around Antarctica.
WolfQuest Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions, explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in your quest to find a mate.
Stop Whaling Game Game challenge: Steer the Greenpeace inflatable boat around the seas and intercept the dangerous harpoons from the whaling ship. To make the whaling ship stop whaling, you must try and get your activists on board the whaling ship.
Stop Disasters The on-line game aims at teaching children how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. Multiple languages. Good teacher resources.
Wasteland Adventure Time: 3010 AD. After humans destroyed the ecosystem. The earth lost the ability to heal and the environment continues to get worse. The freash air and clean water are polluted. Just play the game!!!
Climate Challenge (BBC) A game where you are president of the European Nations. You must tackle climate change and stay popular enough with the voters to remain in office.
Global Warming Interactive (CO2FX) Is a web based multi-user educational game which explores the relationship of global warming to economic, political and science policy decisions (intended for the high school user).
Educational Games (NobelPrize.org) You don't have to be a genius to understand the work of the Nobel Laureates. These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you're having FUN! Six (6) games (e.g. Nuclear Weapons)
The River City Project Game's learning objective: Develop an understanding of the scientific method through inquiry and teamwork, as well as an appreciation for history and environmental issues. Type: Multi-user Virtual Environment
Quest Atlantis Game's learning objective: Help students understand social studies, environmental concerns, current events, and scientific standards. Type: Multi-user Virtual Environment

SOCIAL STUDIES


Mapojib Experience This is episode 05 of the Korean Learning Through Experience series. In this episode, David and Mike meet up and decide to grab a bite to eat at the popular Mapojib BBQ restaurant. Players will get to see and listen to the type of conversation that happens within going in and ordering food at a Korean restaurant.
Global Conflicts: Palestine The player assumes the role of a freelance journalist who has just arrived in Jerusalem facing challenges. The goal is to create and get an article published for a newspaper by collecting quotes from the dialog in the game. The player can either get information by building up trust with each side or take a more confrontational approach to dig out information. In the end, the story with the most news-value will get the best exposure. The player must be careful what they submit for print, because it will affect their standings with both sides.The game attempts to challenge the player's beliefs and ideas about the conflict. The game has support for educational use with features like an encyclopedia, primary sources, assessment and a teacher's manual.
Darfur Is Dying Darfur is Dying is a viral video game for change that provides a window into the experience of the 2.5 million refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan. Players must keep their refugee camp functioning in the face of possible attack by Janjaweed militias. Players can also learn more about the genocide in Darfur that has taken the lives of 400,000 people, and find ways to get involved to help stop this human rights and humanitarian crisis.
I Can End Deportation (ICED) As an immigrant teen you are avoiding ICE officers, choosing right from wrong and answering questions on immigration. But if you answer questions incorrectly, or make poor decisions, you will be detained with no respect for your human rights.
Discover Babylon Uses sophisticated video gaming strategies and realistic digital environments to engage the learner in challenges and mysteries that can only be solved through developing an understanding of Mesopotamian society, business practices, and trade.
Plan Your Future Park! You get to plan your future New York City park, making choices that communities all over the city have been making.
Real Life Simulations That let you experience life as, for example, a peasant farmer in Bangladesh, a factory worker in Brazil, a policeman in Nigeria, a lawyer in the US, or a computer operator in Poland, among others.
Tropical America A journey to unravel the mysteries of the Americas. Developed in collaboration with Los Angeles artists, teachers, writers and high school students, the game features a bilingual, thematic gameplay, accompanied by an online database of edu-resources.
EyeWitness Is an Interactive Situation Simulation Software (ISSS) that let users experience the 1937 Nanking Massacre personally, when over the course of 6 weeks, over 300,000 civilians were killed by Japanese troops invading the city.
Road to Revolution Game Test your knowledge about the American Revolution, and see if you can navigate your way to independence. Every correct answer gets you closer to liberty!
Trade Ruler Bertil Ohlin, awarded the Prize in Economics in 1977, showed that countries engage in and benefit from trade if their production resources differ from each other. Play the Trade Ruler game to learn more.
Conflict Map In the course of the 20th century, mankind experienced some of the most devastating wars of all times. Where, what, How,When, Why? This map gives you the opportunity to answer these questions. It displays wars with at least 1,000 military battle deaths.
Prisoners of War Can people behave as they like during times of war? No, they can't. The Geneva Conventions of written rules and articles make some acts unlawful. Play the prisoners of war game to learn more.
The Peace Doves Take on the mission to disarm the world of nuclear weapons! You have eight "Peace Doves" to help you, each able to disarm one of the eight countries possessing nuclear weapons.
FreeCol Is a turn-based strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization. The objective of the game is to create an independent nation.
FreeCiv Is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age.
Fatworld A video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S. Desktop game
Ayiti - The Cost of Life What is it like to live in poverty? Find out now in this challenging role playing game in which you take responsibility for a family of five in rural Haiti. From UNICEF with Microsoft support.
World Without Oil An alternate reality event, a serious game for the public good. It invites everyone to help simulate a global oil shock. People participate by contributing original online stories, created as though the oil shock were really happening.
eLECTIONS - Your Adventure in Politics Inspired by the classic board game “The Game of Life,” players will role-play their own virtual candidates running for President.
My US Rep - Role Play Congress! This game enables you to play your favorite (or not so) House of Representative and help them become more popular! Based on real voting data, My US Rep allows you to discover your Rep’s hopes and dreams within an engaging game experience.
3rd World Farmer It aims at simulating the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries. In the game, the player gets to manage an African farm, and is soon confronted with the often difficult choices that poverty and conflict necessitate.
Educational Games (NobelPrize.org) You don't have to be a genius to understand the work of the Nobel Laureates. These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you're having FUN! Six (6) games (e.g. Nuclear Weapons)
SimCity Game's learning objectives: Understand variable manipulations for urban management while having fun building a simulated city. Type: Web-based
The History Canada Game Game's learning objective: Understand social forces surrounding Canadian history since 1534. Type: Modification of Civilization III
WFP Foodforce Game's learning objectives: Understand world hunger and efforts to alleviate it. Type: Executable
Revolution Game's learning objective: Experience historical incentives for the American Revolution from the grassroots level. Type: Modification of Neverwinter Nights Gold
Quest Atlantis Game's learning objective: Help students understand social studies, environmental concerns, current events, and scientific standards. Type: Multi-user Virtual Environment
America's Army Players are bound by Rules of Engagement (ROE) and grow in experience as they navigate challenges emphasizing team play, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.



BUSINESS


Better Business Games A basic in-box simulation game from British Telecom about managing social and environmental issues in a business. The player takes on the role of corporate CEO. The games contents are drawn from general business dilemmas across all industries.
Corporate Greed A 3-minute mini-game about the corporate executives accused and/or convicted of greed-related crimes.
Virtual U Is a management education game, a simulation of a university, in which the user takes the role of a university administrator. It is designed to foster better understanding of management practices in American colleges and universities.
Binary Game (Cisco) The game teaches strategies related to the binary system, a foundation knowledge used by CCNAs to install, configure and operate networks.
Globulation2 Is an innovative Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game which reduces micro-management by automatically assigning tasks to units.
Bricks or Clicks You are put in the role of CEO at a traditional toy manufacturer. The company, called ToyBlocks Co., must confront the challenges of launching an online sales channel while managing and maintaining their current traditional sales channels.
The POD Game Game Plot - Dispense drugs and medical advice to people during an emergency. Using this game, you can enhance your efforts to teach staff and volunteers to work efficiently and sensitively with the public to maximize throughput in times of crisis.
Googolopoly The goal of the game, produced by Box.net, is to use Google shares to buy as many properties as you can without landing in the deadpool and losing your stock. You can download the game in its entirety as a PDF.
INNOV8 - Business Process Management (BPM) Simulator Innov8 is a FREE interactive 3D business simulator (Registration required), which takes participants through the entire lifecycle of discovery, collaboration, optimization, and innovation of a fictional company’s business processes.
Virtual Trader - Investment Game (UK) Virtual Trader is a free Investment Simulation Game, offering its users the opportunity to gain practical experience trading stocks under real market conditions (London Stock Exchange), against their actual and current prices.

HEALTH

McDonald's Video Game You’ll discover in this game all the dirty secrets that made McDonald's one of the biggest companies of the world. Interesting stuff man! Multiple languages. Offline version available. From La Molle Industria.
Fatworld A video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S. Desktop game
The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective There has been a mysterious outbreak of unhealthy habits among kids, and we need to solve these cases. All junior food detectives will get secret training on how to eat right and exercise. Have fun playing the game!
The Food Detectives Fight BAC! The game gives kids a fun way to learn about foodborne illness. From New Mexico State University.
Whack TB (Tuberculosis) There are almost 9 million new cases of TB each year; about 500,000 of these cases are resistant to the best TB drugs available to fight them. Play this game and learn more about fighting TB!” From the Families USA Global Health Initiative.
Deliver The Net Game (UN Foundation) The game challenge: race the sun and hand out as many insecticide-treated bed nets as you can to African families. The more nets you deliver – before the mosquitoes come out – the more lives you save.