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Game-Based Learning

Get tips, techniques, and tools that apply the principles of game design to the learning process -- a dynamic way to engage learners and help educators assess learning.

  • 10 Free Financial Literacy Games for High School Students

    Students can use games to learn money management and financial decision-making.
    Brian Page
  • Game-Based Learning in Middle School Math

    Working with teachers, researchers created free online math games that encourage students to persist in grappling with difficult concepts.
  • How to Find Games for Classroom Learning

    A game-based learning expert looks at why teachers should try using games, and shares a new book—available for free—that will help them identify worthwhile games for their students.
  • Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

    These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.
    Monica Burns
  • Building Executive Function Skills Can Be Fun

    Teachers can help students improve skills like inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility by explicitly connecting them to popular games—and then letting students play.
  • Turning Math Into a Game

    Building a sense of play around math problems encourages students to engage and collaborate.
  • The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

    Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students’ attention.
  • 5 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning

    Formative assessment is a snap with games and other tools that let you see how students answer questions and review material.
  • Gaming as a Tool for Narrative Writing

    Teachers are leveraging the power of gaming to turn even reluctant student writers into enthusiastic storytellers.
  • 5 Free Video Games That Support English Language Learners

    These games simulate real-world problems, guiding middle and high school students to engage deeply with content—and embedded supports benefit English language learners in particular.
  • Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

    Minecraft is no longer a new tool in the field of game-based learning. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, teachers have been experimenting with different ways to use it in the classroom for a while now to teach math concepts like ratios and proportions, while others use it to support student creativity and collaboration.
  • Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

    Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and resources on using video games, simulations, and gaming concepts in the classroom.
  • Getting the Most Out of Hour of Code

    An hour of coding is a fun beginner’s experiment for teachers or parents to do with kids—these resources make it easy as well.
  • 3 Ways to Use Game-Based Learning

    There are several strategies for gamifying your classwork, and they’re not mutually exclusive—you can combine them.
  • Games to Teach Financial Literacy

    Andrew Miller, Edutopia's resident advocate for game-based learning, teams up with financial literacy expert Brian Page to look at some friendly, engaging options to promote financial literacy among students.