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Start Gaming with these Collections
Whether game-based learning is new to you or you're looking to add new gaming tools to your toolbox, find inspiration in these collections.
Game-based learning is basically using games during your lessons. Many are ready-to-go and require no preparation, but you can also create your own. Use these tools to review, assess, and differentiate for all students (and grade levels) using games!
Find games, videos, and activities about well-known characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur, Peg and Cat, Dr. Seuss, and other favorites. Try the All Games tab to discover 29 educational categories.
While similar to game-based learning, gamification refers to using your content to create your own games! This collection exclusively shares tools that can help you easily gamify your subject area.
Collaboration through Games
Many games and gaming tools can be used to increase collaboration. The resources shared in this section can all be used in groups and with a wide range of grade levels.
This is one of the few tools that requires in-person collaboration. Groups work together to answer trivia questions. While each group member receives a different possible answer on their device, only one has the correct answer. Collaboration is essential!
If you're looking for a unique gaming experience, try this scavenger hunt tool. Add your own missions or save some time and use missions already available on the site. Invite participants to begin play, in groups or solo, on the free mobile app.
Collaborate with no registration (or preparation) needed! Click "Play Games Now" to navigate to all games saved on Baamboozle or search for specific topics. Divide the class into two teams and begin your game. You can also create your own!
Gaming in Social Studies
Make your Social Studies lessons more engaging and make the content easier to understand by using the ready-to-go games shared in this section.
Race to Ratify
Travel back to 1787 and fight to ratify the newly proposed Constitution. Students can engage in historical and free play as they earn tokens and travel across the 13 states to hear different opinions and attempt to influence others to take their stance.
Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? The Crown Jewels Caper
Search around the globe to help capture the world's greatest super thief: Carmen Sandiego. Begin your first case and follow the clues to her location. Use the magnifying glasses along the way to interview people and collect clues.
Practice geography skills with this game that is very similar to Tetris. Choose a "puzzle map" of a continent, country, state, or province and a difficulty level. As the shapes fall from the top of the screen, place them on the map.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Our free summer virtual workshops begin soon! Register today to save your spot. If you teach teens, we encourage you to check out a neat summer reading opportunity. We're also featuring a timely blog post about using games in the classroom and kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.
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Summer OK2Ask® Learning
Summer is the perfect time to check out our FREE OK2Ask virtual workshops. Most week's, we offer sessions on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See the full schedule of sessions, including many first-time offerings, and learn a new skill this summer!
Great reads for teens
Discover Free Audio Books with Sync
Learn about an engaging new resource we recently added to our collection. Sync is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Each week your teen will be provided with two thematically paired audiobooks.
Infusing Technology Blog
5 Free Sites for Creating Games and Puzzles
Discover game creation tips and tools for every technology comfort level in this blog post. All are free and offer a variety of different learning opportunities through gameplay. Most of the suggested resources are simple to use.
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This week our poll asks: "How do you mainly use games with your students?" Do you use games to enrich the content, review materials, or do you mainly use games for assessment?
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