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Games and Simulations

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Play while learning!

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:

Nobel Prize Games and Simulations:

http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/all_productions.html

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

 

Why Games?

 

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 EducationEducational 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/

 

 

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/

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