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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.

  • 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.
    Carol Rawlings Miller
  • 10 Free Financial Literacy Games for High School Students

    Students can use games to learn money management and financial decision-making.
  • 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.
  • Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

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

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

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

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