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June 4, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Online Learning Games Of 2018 – So Far

 

Time for another mid-year ”The Best…” list.

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.

* be seen by me during the first six months of 2018. So they might have been around prior to this time, but I’m still counting them in this year’s list.

You might also be interested in:

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Online Learning Games

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2016 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2016 – So Far

The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2015 – So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2014

The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 — So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2012 — So Far

The Best Online Learning Games — 2011

The Best Online Learning Games — 2010

The Best Online Learning Games — 2009

The Best Online Learning Games — 2008

The Best Online Learning Games — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Online Learning Games Of 2018- So Far:

Be George Washington: It’s Your Turn To Lead is a new online choose-your-own-adventure game from Mount Vernon. Players can choose various well-know scenarios where Washington had to deal with crises. Be aware that the introductions to each of those scenarios is probably a bit longer than it has to be, but they are still engaging. It can be a one-player game, or a “private” game can easily be set up just for your students. I’m adding it to The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms” and to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

Google launched a a word game called Semantris. Basically, your shown a bunch of words in blocks. Then, you type in a word that you think is related in some sense to one of the words in the boxes. Google’s Artificial Intelligence then tries to guess which word the one you typed in is connected to and, if it’s correct, the blocks get higher. I’m not saying it’s the best word game in the world, but I think Intermediate and Advanced ELLs would find it useful and fun.

Free Rice, the venerable online vocabulary game that is operated by the United Nations World Food Programme (and has been on The Best “Cause-Related” Online Learning Games forever) now lets teachers create virtual classroom and track student progress. To be fair, it may have had this feature for a very long time, but I just learned about it. I’m adding this info to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Choose Your Own Adventure games often have to be careful balancing respecting the experiences of those who are being simulated and portraying it sensitively with a social conscious. The Waiting Game, produced by ProPublica, works hard at doing the latter in simulating the experience faced by those seeking asylum in the United States. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories  and to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

Fake It To Make It is an online game about fake news. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

As I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of iCivics, the popular learning games site begun by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. I’ve thought that many (but not all) of their games have been overly-complicated, and they really put their foot in it with a horribly-done one on immigration (see Sandra Day O’Connor’s Site To Change Immigration Game Because Of Your Comments). Last year, however, they began to make some very positive changes (see iCivics Steps Up Its Game Big Time With Free Virtual Classrooms & Primary Source Interactive). They’ve followed those moves with another good one that is highlighted in today’s Washington Post: Spanish-language video game aims to teach students about civil rights. Yes, they’ve produced a Spanish and an English version of the same game, Do I Have A Right?

Game On! is a Quizziz/Kahoot-like game that is primarily, though not exclusively, focused on Geography. I learned about it from the Teacher’s Tech Toolbox. I was having some issues with it when I tried it out, but I assume it was just a temporary glitch. I’m adding it to The Best Online Geography Games.

GameBuilder lets you create lots of different types of learning games – see the screenshot above to see the options. Once you create it, anyone with its url address can play. The site also has a large collection of games created by its users. The site is sponsored by Wisc-Online, which “is a creation of Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges and maintained by Fox Valley Technical College.” And it’s free! I’m adding this site to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

Aquation is a game unveiled by the Smithsonian. Here’s how they describe it:

Choice, strategy, balance, and . . . water equity? Parts of the planet are struggling to get enough water. Use each region’s wealth to build pipes, desalinate water, and conduct research to bring water where it’s needed most. Monsoons, dry spells, disease, and even cursed lawn sprinklers can help or hinder your progress. Manage your wealth and water carefully to solve the world’s water crisis!

It’s probably not accessible to Advanced ELLs and proficient-English speakers, but it’s a useful game, nevertheless. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About World Water Day.

May 28, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Most Frightening Choose Your Own Adventure “Game” You’ll Ever “Play”

The New York Times has published Think Military Strikes Could Stop North Korea? Try It and See, which is probably the most frightening choose your own adventure “game” anyone will every “play.”

It’s all too real….

I’m adding it to:

The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The North Korea Missile Crisis

April 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The Waiting Game” Simulates The Challenges Facing Someone Seeking Asylum In The U.S.

Choose Your Own Adventure games often have to be careful balancing respecting the experiences of those who are being simulated and portraying it sensitively with a social conscious.

The Waiting Game, produced by ProPublica, works hard at doing the latter in simulating the experience faced by those seeking asylum in the United States.

I’m adding it to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories  and to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

April 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Be George Washington” In This New Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Activity

Be George Washington: It’s Your Turn To Lead is a new online choose-your-own-adventure game from Mount Vernon.

Players can choose various well-know scenarios where Washington had to deal with crises. Be aware that the introductions to each of those scenarios is probably a bit longer than it has to be, but they are still engaging. It can be a one-player game, or a “private” game can easily be set up just for your students.

I’m adding it to The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms” and to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

April 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Launches Cool Word Game That’s Fun For ELLs & Everybody Else

Google launched two online projects today.

One is called Talk To Books, which doesn’t seem very useful to me, but I might be missing something.

More intriguing, and certainly a lot more fun, is a word game called Semantris.

Basically, your shown a bunch of words in blocks. Then, you type in a word that you think is related in some sense to one of the words in the boxes. Google’s Artificial Intelligence then tries to guess which word the one you typed in is connected to and, if it’s correct, the blocks get higher.

I’m not saying it’s the best word game in the world, but I think Intermediate and Advanced ELLs would find it useful and fun.

March 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech.

You might also be interested in The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2017.

Here are this week’s picks:

Microsoft announces breakthrough in Chinese-to-English machine translation is a TechCrunch post. You can try out their new new tool here. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

EASY TUTORIAL: HOW TO MAKE A NEW BLOG HEADER is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

Rocket Spelling lets you create a virtual classroom – for a cost.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

The BBC IReporter is a new online game from the….BBC that’s designed to help students identify fake news. It doesn’t seem as good as other ones you can find on The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More, but that might be because I really can’t figure out what they’re talking about because of British colloquialisms.

Applied Digital Skills is a free tech curriculum from Google.  You can read about a teacher’s experience with it here.

Apple is holding a mysterious ‘education’ event in Chicago is from Mashable.

March 5, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Free Rice” Vocabulary Game Lets Teachers Create Virtual Classrooms

 

Free Rice, the venerable online vocabulary game that is operated by the United Nations World Food Programme (and has been on The Best “Cause-Related” Online Learning Games forever) now lets teachers create virtual classroom and track student progress.

To be fair, it may have had this feature for a very long time, but I just learned about it.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

March 5, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Best” Lists Of The Week: Online Learning Games

This is the fifth post in a new weekly series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years.

The previous posts in this series were:

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Learning About Art & Creating It

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Teaching About Economics & Jobs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching About Health

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Useful Multilingual Resources

These will be lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised so they are up-to-date.  Yes, I’ve even gone back to clean-up older “Best Games of the Year” and removed ones that no longer exist.

I’m not sure if you will find a better compilation of online learning games anywhere else!

You can find all my nearly 2,000 continually updated “Best” lists here.

 

Here are the lists I’ve revised and updated that share Online Learning Games:

The Best online Learning Games– 2007

The Best Online Video Games For Learning Language & Content Knowledge

The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

The Best Online Learning Games — 2008

The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games

The Best Fun Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008

The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms”

The Best “Cause-Related” Online Learning Games

The Best “I Spy” (Hidden Object) Games For Vocabulary Development

The Best Collections Of Online Educational Games

The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

The Best Places To Find Online Video Games For Language-Learning

The Best Online Learning Games — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best Online Learning Games — 2010

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010 

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011 (So Far)

The Best “Fun” Online Video Games For English Language Development

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2012 — So Far

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (So Far)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 — So Far

The Best Online Geography Games

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 – Part Two

The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games

The Best Online Learning Simulation Games & Interactives — Help Me Find More

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2014

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2015 – So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2015 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2016 – So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2016 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2018 – So Far

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