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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.

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    Does Our Natural Affinity for Games Have a Place in the Classroom?

    When one teacher organized his students into teams of competing barbarians, they embraced learning about ancient Rome.
    Adam Moler
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    Using Gamification to Increase Engagement During Hybrid Learning

    Games that take students on a quest can invigorate social studies and strengthen bonds among learners.
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    A Guide to Teaching Writing With Minecraft

    Using the popular game in station rotation activities during distance learning is a way to bring an element of play and collaboration to writing assignments.
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    Using Student-Generated Questions to Promote Deeper Thinking

    Asking students to create their own questions has a powerful impact on learning. Plus, 5 tips to encourage high-quality questions.
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    10 Free Financial Literacy Games for High School Students

    Students can use games to learn money management and financial decision-making.
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  • A girl looks at a math app on a tablet screen.

    Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

    These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.
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  • Girl on video call with friends from school, due to Coronavirus lockdown

    How to Use Games to Build Community in Distance Learning

    Games not only provide fun distractions from the stressors of the pandemic but also can be useful tools for online learning.
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  • A child's hand holding green base ten blocks for a math game

    Turning Math Into a Game

    Building a sense of play around math problems encourages students to engage and collaborate.
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  • Student using Math Snacks video game

    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.
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  • A group of elementary school students playing Jenga.

    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.
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    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.
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  • Middle school student working on a laptop

    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.
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    Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

    Minecraft can be used to teach math concepts like ratios and proportions, while others use it to support student creativity and collaboration.
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    Gaming as a Tool for Narrative Writing

    Teachers are leveraging the power of gaming to turn even reluctant student writers into enthusiastic storytellers.
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    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.
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