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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.

  • Cultivating Literacy Skills With Interactive Fiction

    This lesson plan gives students practice with coding—no prior experience needed—and fosters literacy skills like plotting and proofreading.
    Nicholas Provenzano
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

    These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.
    Monica Burns
  • 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.
  • Turning Math Into a Game

    Building a sense of play around math problems encourages students to engage and collaborate.
  • Gaming as a Tool for Narrative Writing

    Teachers are leveraging the power of gaming to turn even reluctant student writers into enthusiastic storytellers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Game-Based Approach to Test Prep

    Tying fun goals to standardized test preparation helps students stay focused as they review several months’ worth of content.
  • The Benefits of Constructionist Gaming

    Playing and building games helps students understand complex systems—including their own systems of thinking.
  • Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Classroom Management Model

    Invite your students to participate in a behavioral model that helps them level up their engagement and attitude—much like a video game.
  • 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.
  • A Look at Playful Assessment

    Borrowing ideas from game construction can help teachers with both assessing student projects and constructing rubrics.