September 20, 2020
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Games in the Classroom
Games are a great way to engage students in learning! In honor of the founding of Nintendo (back in September of 1889!) we're sharing gaming tools for all grades. Discover some professional resources to learn more about game-based learning and sites that offer an eclectic mix of topics.
OK2Ask: Game-Based Learning Basics
In this archived workshop, you'll learn the meaning of game-based learning, explore tools, and view classroom management strategies for implementing game-based learning with your students.
TeachersFirst's Game-Based Learning Resources
Learn more about game-based learning with this collection of our editors’ choices of the top resources for game-based learning. Explore tools for all grade levels.
Poki Educational Games
If you're looking for an assortment of learning games for a wide variety of topics and content areas, check out this resource! Find interactives by content and choose from the category options at the bottom of the page to get started.
Create Your Own Games
Creating your own games allows you to personalize the content for your students. Peruse the resources shared in this section to find a new tool to try for a review game or to use as an assessment option in the classroom or virtually.
Try out this free game design resource that includes a six-part curriculum with workshops and activities that teach the principles of game design, language, and theory. Complete a culminating group activity to develop a multiplayer game.
Create games using puzzles, role-play, and storybooks along with a choice of beginner and intermediate level coding ability options. All of the game options include drag-and-drop coding features. View the tutorials for beginners or advanced users.
Use this device-agnostic tool to create games with sequencing, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank. Teachers can also add different forms of feedback to guide students when they make incorrect choices.
Games Related to Content Areas & Topics
Games are a great way to encourage deeper understanding for students of all ages. Find game-based learning resources related to various subject areas.
Dive into this curriculum-aligned reading game. Create an educator account to add student accounts, track progress, and assign content. Upon successful completion of reading passages, students' reading levels go up in the game.
My Plate Match Game
Encourage healthy eating habits with this interactive game that allows students to learn all about the food groups by dragging and dropping the food items to the appropriate section of their plate. Learn ways to stay active for 60 minutes per day, too!
The Fiscal Ship
This game challenges students to manage the federal budget and keep it on a sustainable course. Choose from a menu of tax and spending options to reduce debt levels over 25 years. The challenge is to manage the budget while you maintain your values.
Peruse a variety of games and activities that use a step-by-step approach to keyboarding and typing skills. Each lesson includes skills practice, a review including targeted practice, and a final skills test. Typing is a skill useful in all subject areas!
This Week at TeachersFirst®
We welcome you to join us this Tuesday as we begin our Fall series of OK2Ask® virtual workshops. We're also sharing a collection of blog posts related to game-based learning, information about our new book study, and we kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.
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TeachersFirst Fall Book Club
TeachersFirst is hosting a free, member-only virtual book club designed to help teachers use popular literature to start meaningful discussions about equality and race. Registration closes tomorrow, September 21st, so save your spot today!
OK2Ask Tuesday (9/22), 7 PM ET
3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom
We welcome you to our first OK2Ask workshop of the fall season! Join us as we discuss “3 Cool Tools That Support Growth in the K-8 Classroom.” Collaborate with other participants and learn about content area tools you can use to bridge knowledge gaps!
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Infusing Technology Blog
If you're looking for additional inspiration for finding and using game-based learning in your classroom, check out this collection of blog posts. Some of the posts share tools, while others offer pedagogical information.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks: What type of game-based learning tools do you use the most during blended learning lessons? Share your reply, then view the replies of other educators once you hit submit.
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