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I would encourage anybody

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I would encourage anybody considering gbl in their classroom, especially in grades 6 and up, to visit gamestarmechanic.com. Students play, build, rate and review games. It has a strong language component, encorporates goal setting, has been a real catalyst for the reluctant language learners in my program. Best of all, it's free to start, and upgrades are only $2 per student.

2nd Grade Dual Language from Fort Worth TX

This a great expansion on the

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This a great expansion on the existing list. Thanks for the help. As a gamer and a teacher I certainly can appreciate GBL.

This is a great starting point

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I am new to the idea of GBL. In fact, for a long time I was against it because I felt it didn't provide the necessary human interaction. However, I am increasingly discovering its effectiveness in teaching children. Often times, they don't realize they are learning. Rather, they think they are just playing and being rewarded. Thanks for this quick list as I had not heard of any of these games before. I am eager to try them all out.

zondle

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Have you checked out www.zondle.com. It's free for educators and students to create games to support any subject (including ELA) at any level. You choose or create sets of questions, which your students play in games of their choosing. Then you can monitor progress using the gradebook.

High school math teacher from Pulaski, VA

The use of GBL is such a new

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The use of GBL is such a new idea and one that I am struggling to get colleagues to embrace. This post is great, but it really just scratches the surface. The Manga High site is wonderful and one that we have begun using in the Math department, along with ixl. These are two sites I use together with the students, one as an activity, and the other as a reward. There are many more tools out there and I look forward to more posts that highlight some of the good ones. Thank you all.

These are some great

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These are some great interactive learning websites for kids that are new to me except for BrainPop. I agree that It is a good question to ask yourself if the game is a good one to consider incorporating into the classroom. Thank you for the resources!

Has anyone tried Blubbr?

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It's a free tool for creating YouTube-based interactive quizzes: www.blubbr.tv

This post only scratched very

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This post only scratched very surface of free GBL resources. Find more treasures in these posts linked below:
http://classroom-aid.com/2013/01/24/8-more-game-portals-to-find-the-righ...
http://classroom-aid.com/2013/01/29/when-game-based-learning-meets-open-...
http://classroom-aid.com/2012/11/14/6-sites-to-find-the-right-games-for-...

For ELA, check out this English teacher's site:
http://kylemawer.wikispaces.com/

7th and 8th Grade English Teacher, Henry MS, Leander ISD

Where are the "cool" games for ELA?

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There are such amazing resources for math, science, and history, but where are the good games for ELA skills?

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