It continues to be time for end-of-year “Best” lists.

You can see all my previous Online Learning Games “Best” lists (and there are a lot since I’ve doing this since 2007) here. Note that they’re also continually revised and updated.

Here are my picks from the second part of 2021:


Gimkit is a popular Kahoot/Quizizz-like game platform, and my students have enjoyed it in the past. However, their games have only been free for up to five players, and you’ve had to pay in order to increase that number. Today, though, they announced that some of their games will now be free for unlimited use. I’m adding this updated to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

English Sandwich is a unique – and cool -game. You show an image of a dish from a particular country, and then have to choose the correct country of origin for it. No matter what your answer is, your then also give an explanation of it. I’m adding it to:

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures


The Best Online Geography Games


I cannot believe I am just now learning about FANgeopolitics game.  It basically lets teachers create a fantasy sports league but, instead of sports teams, students “draft” countries and earn points by reading articles about them.

Jeff Kuhn wrote about ways to do something similar with English Language Learners – with or without using the FANgeopolitics game.  You can see his post here and his entire lesson plan here.  I could see myself introducing this in the second semester of my ELL World History class this coming school year.

Interestingly, the FANgeopolitics games appears to be part of something larger called Fan School. Even though I spent some time looking through the site, I couldn’t learn exactly what it does, but my impression is that they and other educators use the site to create similar games with a current events focus.


Written Realms is a site where you can write and read text-based choose your own adventure games.  I’m adding it to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

In the Ling Your Language game, you listen to a short snippet of someone speaking and then guess what language is being spoken. You can also learn more about that particular language. It would be more useful in the classroom if it also showed a map demonstrating where each language was primarily spoken, but I guess you can’t you have everything…

Word Tiles is a Scrabble-like online game that could be appropriate for advanced ELLs.  I’m adding it to The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms”

The Australian National Maritime Museum has some impressive online games. They are obviously Australia-oriented, though this one on Cook’s Voyages might have some relevance to others.

Read about The Freshwater Access Game at Richard Byrne’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About World Water Day.