Game-Based Learning is a slippery beast.
For one, it promotes students playing video games, which is somewhat radical in many learning environments for anything other than recreation.
And two, there is seemingly a disconnect between what students learn while playing games (e.g., problem-solving, visual-spatial thinking, collaboration, resource management), and the pure academic standards most teachers are interested promoting mastery of.
In the middle, there is a simple truth that few things are as engaging–for adults and students alike–as a well-designed video game, which might just make the following list of smart, “learning games” curated by Sam Gliksman useful to you.
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, might we suggest Scribblenauts, Civilization Revolution, and Monster Physics?
21 Smart Games For Game-Based Learning
Spell Pop is a spelling game that allows teachers and parents to set up spelling lists for their kids to practice. This takes advantage of the unique ability to record sounds, so that students see the word, they spell the word, and then they hear the word!
Award winning App-A Creative tool to collaborative storytelling. Write and share your creations with the apps special formula to spark creativity. Download your stories to PDF books.
Imagine a Mobile Game that was so cool, that adults could stimulate their creativity and kids would prefer to do homework first than watching TV, and even tweet and share it with their FB Friends!
Write it! Versus is a Creative Stimulation & Story Generation edutainment game that lets you reconnect with the creative kid you have inside. It helps to increase creativity, writing ability, faster thought processing, or just have plain fun exchanging mini stories with your friends.
Give it a Try, it's FREE!
Lead your civilization from the dawn of man to the modern age and beyond. Go head to head with history’s greatest leaders as you wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies, inspire your nation and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known. Choose from 16 Civilizations (including America, Spain, China, Japan and Germany) to lead one of four different victory conditions: Technology, Domination, Economic or Cultural.
Kids can learn logical thinking, exercise their creativity, and boost their spelling skills as they brainstorm innovative solutions in this puzzle game app.
Previously known as Casey's Contraptions. Set objects up to bounce, pop, ricochet, bash, and crash into each other and create an elaborate Rube Goldberg device to achieve each room's objective! With a houseful of toys to play with, there's more than one right answer!
Not a game in the traditional sense ... Simply hold up your iPad in front of you, and the view will be exactly what you see - but with names and information at your fingertips. Move the iPad around to see the view change in real-time.
TOP 10 APPS FOR KIDS - iPad Apps for Kids***
2012 - Parents' Choice Silver Award
Picked at ISTE 2012- top 25 most innovative and useful tools vetted by teachers
Faces iMake was developed with renowned artist, children's book author and educator Hanoch Piven and is based on the highly acclaimed creative workshops he has conducted all around the world. Piven, whose art has been featured in publications such as: Time, Newsweek and The New Yorker, says about Faces iMake: "I wanted Faces iMake to be a virtual workshop that reflects what happens in the real world when we compose pictures using objects. All significantly creative ideas are born from playing, therefore Faces iMake is a game as much as it is a creative workshop."
Description Faces iMake ABC gets a Parents' Choice Gold Award for Spring 2013! "An app that we could see being part of every preschool curriculum" - Teacherswithapps.com USAToday top10 ABC apps *"I would definitely recommend this app to parents of young children who are learning their ABC's!"
Where’s My Water? is a challenging physics-based puzzler complete with vibrant graphics, intuitive controls, and a sensational soundtrack. To be successful, you need to be clever and keep an eye out for algae, toxic ooze, triggers, and traps.
Math puzzle game where the goal is to place numbers from 1 to 9 in the missing gaps, while matching the operations presented in the puzzle. The need to evaluate multiple possible expressions is a great technique for fostering planning and logical thinking.