Time for another annual”The Best…” list….
This covers new games since I posted The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 — So Far six months ago.
As usual, In order to make it on this list, games had to:
* be accessible to English Language Learners.
* provide exceptionally engaging content.
* not provide access to other non-educational games on their site, though there is one on this list that doesn’t quite meet this particular criteria.
* be seen by me during 2013. So they might have been around prior to this time, but I’m still counting them in this year’s list.
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Here are my choices for The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 — Part Two:
Shutter Bugs is from The Smithsonian. Shutter Bugs is an excellent game for Beginning English Language Learners to learn the names of animals, along with different verbs. It could also be used for very young native English speakers.
World Geography Games has quite a few games about…world geography. I’m adding it to The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners.
Inca Investigation is from The American Museum of Natural History. Students can play to learn about the…Incas.
You’re shown a location and have to identify on a map where you think it is in the world. You’re told how close you are, and how your guess compares to the ones made by other players.
Lifesaver is an online video game designed to help you learn CPR through the “choose your own adventure” game genre.
As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of having my English Language Learner students play online video games as a language development activity (see POINTING AND CLICKING FOR ESL: Using Video Games To Promote English Language Development).
Escape The Room games are one of my favorite game “genres,” where players have to…escape from a room by clicking on objects and using them in a certain way and/or order. Most of these games also have a text component.
Now, a new free tool has come online, the Room Escape Maker, that lets anybody create their own….escape the room games. It requires a little more of a learning curve than I would like, but I think it has some potential.
GR8CTZ — Great Cities of the World challenges you to guess which cities you’re seeing in Google Street View. It has different difficulty levels.
LocateStreet is a similar game using Street View. One nice feature is that it offers clues.
Feedback is welcome.