Finding quality games, as well as tips and ideas for using them in the classroom, can be time consuming. However, a number of recent initiatives are making it much easier to search for games and related lesson plans that suit your pedagogical needs and technical constraints. We feature four of our favorite tools below, all of which are free to use.
GameUp is BrainPOP’s curated set of “award-winning, free educational online games on science, math, social studies and health.” All games are accompanied by lesson ideas, movies and quizzes.Visit BrainPOP GameUp
Designed to “help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula through unbiased, rigorous ratings and practical insights from an active teacher community.”Visit Graphite
GameDesk’s Educade is designed to “empower your classroom with the best games, apps, and maker kits, including engaging lesson plans aligned to core standards. Explore, connect, & create.”Visit Educade
“Through coverage of the market, research and up-to-date analysis, Games and Learning reports on the opportunities and challenges facing those seeking to unlock the educational power of games.”Visit Games and Learning