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Edutopia Article:  Let the Games Begin
Video games, once confiscated in class, are now a key teaching tool. If they're done right.
http://www.edutopia.org/let-games-begin

Edutopia:  Simulation Nation
Inventive computer sims can turn dull lessons into hyperreal experiences -- if educators use them.
http://www.edutopia.org/simulation-nation

Edutopia:  Sims vs. Games
There is an important but subtle difference between computer simulations and computer games.
http://www.edutopia.org/sims-vs-games

The Journal:  Educational Gaming: All the Right MUVEs
The use of simulations that appeal to students’ love of video games has shown compelling educational benefits.
http://thejournal.com/articles/19173_1

School Library Journal:  Let the Games Begin
Researchers say that computer games are crucial to learning—and about to hit schools in a big way.
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA514020.html?q=let+the+games+begin

If They Ain't Playing It Ain't A Game: Presentation by Scot Osterweil
A game designer’s thoughts about serious fun and learning.
http://www.techlearning.com/techlearning/events/techforum06/ScotOsterweil_Presentation.pdf

Horizon Report: Future of Learning/ Virtual Worlds
Virtual worlds offer flexible spaces for learning and exploration—educational use of these spaces is underway and growing.
http://www.nmc.org/horizonproject/2007/virtual-worlds

Video: Games in Education
From the Orange County Department of Education
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6117726917684965691&q=education&hl=en



Evaluating Games in Education
Educational Electronic Games Rubric
From California State University, Sacramento
http://www.csus.edu/indiv/k/kaym/rubric/edgamesrubric.html

Criteria from Billy MacKenty
List of factors to evaluate educational potential in games:
http://www.mackenty.org/index.php/site/comments/criteria_for_evaluating_games_in_education/


Games Sampler:

Language Arts:

Lord of the Flies Interactive from the Nobel Foundation
How much do you know about the novel? (M)
http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/literature/golding/index.html

Name that Literary Element from Glencoe Online
For one or two players (M, H)
http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/course/game/play.phtml

DIY Poetry from the BBC
Poems to make, watch and hear (M, H)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/wordplay/index.shtml

Maggie's Earth Adventures
Reinforces language and other skills on subject of environmental education (E)
http://www.missmaggie.org

BBC Starship English
A selection of games to improve grammar (E)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/

My PopStudio.com --Media Literacy
Puts students behind-the-scenes of television, magazines, music and websites (M)
http://www.mypopstudio.com/index2.php


Math:

Lemonade Stand
Become a tycoon and open your own lemonade stand (E)
http://www.omsi.info/visit/featured/moneyville/activities.cfm#lemonade

Shodor Interactivate Activities
More than a hundred interactive math activities from the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. (All)
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/


National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Interactive online math lessons (Register to customize content) (All)
http://enlvm.usu.edu/ma/nav/bb_dlib.jsp

Trading Around the World Game
Play this game to experience the challenges and excitement of international trade (M, H)
http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/students/trade/index.htm

The Algebots
Beat the Game, Pass the Course (M, H)
http://www.games2train.com/testbuild/algebots/algebots.html


Social Studies:

Cyber Nation
A nation simulation game
http://www.cybernations.net/

Build Your Own Plantation
Make the right choices to survive and prosper in the rough conditions of early Maryland. (E, M)
http://mdroots.thinkport.org/interactives/plantation/intro.asp

BBC Online Games
Viking Quest (E, M, H)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/vikings/launch_gms_viking_quest.shtml
Ancient History, Archaeology, British History and World Wars (M, H)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/

Jefferson's West
Demo of a commercially available online field trip
http://www.eduweb.com/portfolio/jeffwest/

Our Courts: 21st Century Civics

http://www.ourcourts.org/

History Globe: Jamestown, an Online Adventure
Can you do any better than the real colonists? (E, M)
http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/

Place the State
Can you place each state in its correct location? (E, M)
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/states_experiment_drag-drop_Intermed_State15s_500.html

At Home in the Heartland
Meet real people and share in their decision making about family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present (E, M, H)
http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/athome/welcome.htm

Active History: Causes of World War One
Explore the causes and make decisions (H)
http://www.activehistory.co.uk/WW1_CAUSES/ENGLISH/frameset.htm

Renaissance Connection
Be a patron of the arts. Design your own innovation. Investigate Renaissance artworks in depth (H)
http://www.renaissanceconnection.org/


Science:


Angry Red Planet
Solve the Mystery (M, H)
http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/mspot/arp/index.htm

More Science Mysteries (M, H)
http://www.sciencemystery.com/

GeoHunter
Explore the geology of the planet Mercury (M, H)
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/messenger/hunter.htm

Global Warming Interactive from Co2Fx
A multi-user educational game which explores the relationship of global warming to policy decisions (H)
http://www.globalwarminginteractive.com/index.htm

Planet 10
Experience a virtual fly-through of the universe or try your hand at building your own world.
http://www.scienceyear.com/planet10/solar_preload.html

Supercharged! 
Navigate a spaceship by controlling its electrical charge (H)
http://www.educationarcade.org/supercharged

Marine Reserves: Where Do you Fit In?
Your mission: to protect, maintain, restore and enhance living marine resources in this simulation (M, H)
http://www.oceanslive.org/portal/content/flash/marine_reserves/

The Dirt on Soil
A toxic chemical has spilled and will destroy the meadow unless you can find something to stop it (E, M)
http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/soil/soil_safari.html

Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull
Journey to a Black Hole (M, H)
http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/black_holes/

U-505 On-line Activities
Use cutting-edge (for 1944) technologies to track down the U-boat (M)
http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/u-505/activities/find-the-u-505/

Waste of Space, MeCHeM and EleMental
Part of a balanced science gaming diet (E, M, H)
http://www.hagames.com/

The GEEE! in Genome: Online Games
Make a clone, give a baby curly hair, mutate your name, perform DNA tests or build a protein (M, H)
http://nature.ca/genome/04/041/041_e.cfm

Building Big from PBS
Can you master the five building challenges? (E, M, H)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/abt_chall.html

Bridge to Classroom
Engineer a bridge for a major seismic event--and then test it! (M)
http://eduweb.com/portfolio/bridgetoclassroom/

Secrets@Sea
Solve science mysteries (E, M)
http://www.secretsatsea.org/main.html

Jason Digital Lab: Spacecraft Engineer
Can you design a spacecraft to protect the Space Station from "space junk"? (M)
http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/classroom/jason/index2.html

Nanoquest
3D game that explores the concept of nanotechnology (M, H)
http://www.nanoquest.ie/play.html

Design a Satellite
This simulation game challenges children to design a satellite that will send TV signals to places far across the country (E)
http://www.eduweb.com/portfolio/designsatellite/

Why Files Interactive Animations
Virtual Science comes alive! (E, M)
http://whyfiles.org/interactives/index.php

Enviromysteries: Inside Stories
Weigh in on issues such as lead poisoning and tanning (M)
http://enviromysteries.thinkport.org/insidestories/

In Search of the Ways of Knowing Trail
Learn about plants, animals, and survival as you navigate the forest (E, M)
http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/pagegen/wok/ways_index.html

Molecularium
A magical musical adventure in a world of atoms and molecules (E)
http://www.molecularium.com/kidsite.html

Zoo Matchmaker:  Help Tigers Survive
Can you make the best matches to help tigers survive? (M, H)
http://www.minnesotazoo.org/education/games/matchmaker/index.html

Shedd Educational Adventures
A treasure trove of aquatic science activities for K-12 students.(All)
http://www.sheddaquarium.org/sea/

PestWorld for Kids learning Adventures
Tackle the pest challenge with these learning games! (E)
http://www.pestworldforkids.org/games.html


Art:

Art Zone Interactive
Interactive art that you make online (All)
http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/zone.htm

Architect Studio 3D
Design a house with Frank Lloyd Wright (M, H)
http://architectstudio3d.org/AS3d/index.html

The Artist's Toolkit
Explore the tools that artists use to build works of art (All)
http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/

ArtsConnectEd Playground
Online activities galore (E)
http://artsconnected.org/playground/index.shtml

A. Pintura, Art Detective
Solve the case of Grandpa's Painting (E, M)
http://www.eduweb.com/pintura/index.html


Music:

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari (E)
http://www.carnegiehall.org/article/explore_and_learn/art_online_resources_listening_adventures.html

CreatingMusic.com
It's a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.(E)
http://www.creatingmusic.com/

Explore Extremes Interactives
Explore extremes in music (E, M)
http://www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/exploring/xtremes/


Music Tech Teacher
Interactive activities  in many areas (All)
http://www.musictechteacher.com

8 Notes.com
Free sheet music and lessons (All)
http://www.8notes.com/


Health:

BBC Schools Science
Health and Growth Interactive
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/health_growth_fs.shtml
More health and body interactives:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/index_interactivebody.shtml


Yucky Gross and Cool Body
Interactive activities about digestion, circulation, sweat, ear wax and so much more (E, M)
http://yucky.discovery.com/noflash/body/index.html

Contagion
Computer game that teaches students about the dangers of contagious diseases (M)
http://contagion.edu.yorku.ca/

The Amazing Food Detective
This game encourages kids to eat healthier foods, get more active, and limit their time in front of the computer and TV
http://members.kaiserpermanente.org/redirects/landingpages/afd/

Spanish:

Interactive Spanish Games
Links to a variety of games
http://www.apples4theteacher.com/esl-games/spanish/index.html

Spanish Language Games
From Don Quijote (All)
http://www.donquijote.org/spanishlanguage/games/

MFL Games
Games in Spanish (All)
http://home.freeuk.net/mflgames/spanishgamesindex.htm

Espanol con Carlitos
Learn Spanish free on the Internet (H)
http://babelnet.sbg.ac.at/carlitos/index.htm


More Games in All Subject Areas:

Educational Games Wiki
A wiki in which educators share the best educational games
http://gamed411.pbwiki.com/

The National Archives Learning Curve Activities and Games
Find out what people thought, said and did at the time of some of the most interesting events in history. (E, M)
http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/howto/studentactivities.htm

BBC Games Sampler
Select the appropriate age group and subject area (All)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/games/

Ology
From the Museum of Natural History (E, M, H)
http://www.ology.amnh.org/index.html

Whyville
A virtual world where tweens meet to play and learn (E, M)
http://www.whyville.net/smmk/nice

Thinkfinity Interactives
Free registration is required to access the wide variety of interactive content (All)
http://www.thinkfinity.org/teacher/

ForgeFX
3D Interactives from Prentice Hall--design and test a catapult, experience eclipses, seismic waves and more (M, H)
http://www.forgefx.com/casestudies/prenticehall/

National Geographic Games
Complete list of interactives, puzzles, word problems and more (All)
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/
Underground Railroad (M)
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/railroad/index.html

Technology Integration with S.P.A.R.C.
A Sampling of simulations in all subject areas (All)
http://www.techsparc.com/sparc/computersimulations.htm

Games Collection Links from Shambles:
Problem-solving, including several versions of River Crossing problems (All)
http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/games/problem/
Free Simulations from the same site (All)
http://www.shambles.net/games/freesim.htm

Mr. Nussbaum.com
Links to Interactive Games (All)
http://www.mrnussbaum.com/gamescode.htm

GoogleSketchUp
3D Modeling tool (M, H)
http://sketchup.google.com/

GoogleEarth
Explore, search and discover (All)
http://earth.google.com/


Social Impact GamesAyiti: The Cost of Life
Take responsibility for a family of five in rural Haiti (E, M, H)
http://www.unicef.org/voy/explore/rights/explore_3142.html

3rd World Farmer
Endure the hardships of third-world farming (M, H)
http://www.3rdworldfarmer.com/index_content.html

Stop Disasters
A disaster simulation game from the UN/ISDR (E, M, H)
http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/

World Food Programme World Food Force
It's up to you to save and rebuild the island of Sheylan (M, H)
http://www.food-force.com/index.php/game/

Darfur is Dying
Forage for water--can you survive? (M, H)
http://www.darfurisdying.com/

United States Institute for Peace Simulations
Practice the skills of conflict management, and test policy options (M, H)
http://www.usip.org/etc/tools_resources/simulations.html

NewsGaming.Com: September 12
Simulation to explore some aspects on the war on terror (H)
http://www.newsgaming.com/games/index12.htm



Second Life The Virtual World of Second Life
Explore, communicate, learn, build and trade (H)
http://www.secondlife.com/

Edutopia Article: The School of Second Life
Creating new avenues of pedagogy in a virtual world.
http://www.edutopia.org/school-second-life


Develop Your Own GameScratch: Game Creation Website from MIT
Create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
http://scratch.mit.edu/about

Educational Gaming Gurus: David Warlick: http://davidwarlick.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.VideoGamesAsLearningEngines
Bill McKenty:  http://www.mackenty.org/index.php/games_work/

Marc Prensky: http://www.marcprensky.com/dgbl/default.asp

Henry Jenkins: http://www.henryjenkins.org/

Jim Gee: http://website.education.wisc.edu/gls/people_gee.htmGaming Terminology: The Average Gamer
Glossary of gaming terms
http://www.theaveragegamer.com/terminology/Links to Standards:ISTE Refreshed NETS Standards
http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/NETS_Refresh_Forum/NETS_for_Students_2007.pdf

N.J. Core Curriculum Content Standards
http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/

Created by Rita Nannini and Kim Zito.

Last Modified: August 03, 2011