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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.

  • Gaming as a Tool for Narrative Writing

    Teachers are leveraging the power of gaming to turn even reluctant student writers into enthusiastic storytellers.
    Suzie Boss
  • 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.
  • Digital Play for Serious Learning

    Jordan Shapiro, author of The New Childhood, on the roles of parents and schools in teaching children to use technology through 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.
  • 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.
  • The Benefits of Constructionist Gaming

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

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

    Borrowing ideas from game construction can help teachers with both assessing student projects and constructing rubrics.
  • 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.
  • It's Time to Make Learning Fun Again . . . Even for Adults

    Bring professional development events to life with Interactive Learning Challenges, which merge collaboration, interactivity, and problem solving in a hands-on environment for learning technology.