Time for another end-of-the-year ”The Best…” list. I’m adding this post to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!
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 last six months of 2017. 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 2017- Part Two:
Bamboozle lets you create games your class can play by projecting them on a screen. They seem easy to create, though I it doesn’t yet have that large of a collection of ones that other teachers have created. You might also be interested in The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.
Payback is a new free “choose your own adventure” quasi-game that’s designed to help students anticipate college costs. I heard about it through a recent New York Times article headlined A Game to Help Students Pay the Right Price for College. It’s definitely accessible, even though it’s a bit simplistic. I could see using it to initiate a conversation with students about college issues.I’m adding this info to: The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career.
They stand out from the ones presently on the list, which are all good – but very, very similar:
My Name Is Hunt uses maps, but is also a text-based “choose your own adventure” style of game (see more of them at The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories). It’s only accessible to advanced English Language Learners, but definitely is unusual.
urbanopticon is a game that incorporates the idea of “citizen science.” Here is how they explain it:
This game will show you randomly selected urban scenes and ask you where they are. In so doing, we capture your mental map – that is, which parts of the city you tend to correctly recognize. By combining your answers with other people’s, we are able to draw the collective mental map of the city. The collective map is important because it is associated with happiness. In his “The image of the city”, Kevin Lynch showed that the happiest areas are those that are easily recognized and, as such, are prominent in people’s minds. By knowing which areas are difficult to recognize, we are able to recommend urban interventions to different stakeholders, including local government, urban planners and artists.
Where In the World Looks like a very good game for students. Here is its description:
Play the game to explore country landmarks all over the world, from royal palaces to historical attractions. See if you can figure out where in the world you are!
TIME has created a neat new game called “Can You Draw The States?” You’re prompted to draw a state. Once you’re done, you’re graded on how well you did and it’s put on a blank U.S. map so you can ultimately see your complete work. In some ways, it’s similar to an older game called Scribble States.
Factitious is an engaging online game to teach about fake news. It could be a fun activity to do to finish-up a more extensive lesson on the topic. You can learn more about it at NPR’s article, To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game. You can also find lots of resources on teaching about fake news at The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy, including the lesson plan I did for The NY Times.
Carol Salva writes about the many ways teachers can use the Kahoot game with ELLs.
Quiz Game Master lets you easily many different types of learning games for students to play. You can see a list of all the different types on the image at the top of this post. Unfortunately, the site doesn’t automatically host the games – you either have to pay $5 annually for that feature or download the games you create as a zip file.
With both Jo Boaler and Dan Meyer endorsing Super Math World, I can only assume it’s a great math learning game.
I’m not a big fan of Word Searches, but they can sometimes be a fun activity for students to create. Word Search Labs is an easy tool for creating word searches online. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games.