Hi! I'm Doug Adams and I am the guest speaker for this webinar. I am really excited to share with you some of the ways that educational games can be used in the classroom. We will be playing a couple of games together as part of this presentation. If you would like to play along, please check to make sure that you have a Flash player installed on your computer. You can check if you have Flash at this link: Adobe - Flash Player. If you need to download Flash, you can do it here: Adobe - Install Adobe Flash Player
There are going to be a number of exciting prizes and giveaways during this session, so be sure to come ready to participate!
I'm sorry I missed the webinar live, but I listened to the recording and checked out sites -- all of which I can use -- thanks for the resources!
I use games for motivation, problem-solving, practice, review, learning concepts, collaboration, developing confidence in competitive situations, and formulating strategies. Having said all that, I still have issues connecting to some of the sites I need because "game" is a naughty word with the school district and sites with "game" in it are blocked. I have to request access, which may take a week or more, or find roundabout links.
I use a variety of simulation games. One we have been using is iCivics (iCivics | Free Lesson Plans and Games for Learning Civics), which teaches about the three branches of government/making legislation, Constitutional amendments, and what is involved in ruling on a case in the Supreme Court. (I teach primarily math and science, but we set up a working classroom govt).
Another is Energyville, in which you try to meet the energy needs of a city using renewable and non-renewable resources.
Ayiti, the Cost of Life, explores how poverty is the number one enemy to obtaining an education. Your job is to provide for your family while at the same time trying to help your children get an education in one of the poorest countries.
Here is a list of strategy games I use on the computer or as iPad apps, or in combo with the actual game board. These are classic games which encourage the students to discover strategies that can help them win.
Nine Men's Morris
Some collaborative problem solving games I use with the students as iPad apps include:
MathLands (Tower of Hanoi, Magic Shapes, Ravine Crossing, Math Comics, The Frog Puzzle, and The Water Jug Puzzle)
Can You Escape? and House Escape (find objects and codes and figure out how to use them to escape rooms in a house)
Cool Math has wonderful math games, and such a variety that you can find one to fit your needs, whether it's problem solving, skills practice, or creativity.
And here are a couple of iPad app math games that are fun ways to practice some math skills:
Math Evolve (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; solve problems to evolve and fight more challenging enemies )
Operation Math (prevent Dr. Odd from eliminating all even numbers by completing missions that involve the four operations)
Eric, thanks for the terrific resources as well as the thoughtful post. Your point about games being blocked in schools is an issue that I had hoped to discuss. I am thankful that you brought it up. Hopefully, some of the resources in the presentation could be used to try to persuade administration that games are not the problem -- poor classroom management is.
Hope to see you at the birthday bash next week!
I agree that games are not the problem. A related issue is that of "play time." I remember when "recess" was a term I was not allowed to use. Then a period of time came when we were expected to provide recess. And now we are in a period where recess is either discouraged or limited because of the need to master standardized tests. All this in the face of research that shows the educational value of play.
Here are a couple of other games.
Foldit is an effort to determine protein structures by using the collective insights of gamers around the world.
The Cool Laser Reflection game is exactly what the title says it is. Try it out. (And the site comes with some bonus old-school games in the menu at the top of the page.)
See you at the Birthday Bash.