Adventure games are back in style! Okay, not really: the point-and-click genre peaked in the early '90s, and is today mostly a niche. But it's a pretty great niche! And with the recent re-release of cult classic Grim Fandango, the success of TellTale Games' The Walking Dead, and the first episode Game Of Thrones game, adventure…
ChangeGamer promotes the use of computer games to study themes such as energy, climate change, natural disasters, the environment, economics, politics, history and science. The main function of ChangeGamer is to find high-quality games, and to create student activities for each of those games. The vast majority of games are free, browser-based, and playable on a number of different platforms (e.g. PC, Mac, Chromebook, etc.). All of the posted activities are free and have been tested in middle and high school classrooms (Gr.7-12). We have created answer keys for a number of the student activities where applicable - if you are a teacher and require any of these email us through the contact page using your school email address.
Art and creative expression have an interesting way of weaving in and out of classrooms, offering students the opportunity to explore their own ideas and minds. Video games are no different, and while most of the discussion about their use in classrooms centers on play, the benefits of designing games in the classroom can extend far beyond entertainment and even programming.
The role of gaming in education is a continuing debate and any parent who spends evening and weekends trying to prise their children away from the blocky world of Minecraft and into a real one involving mealtimes, families and fresh air are looking for some guidance to tell them to crank down or power up on the whole Minecraft ‘thing’.
The mere mention of the word "mathematics" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of adults around the world. For thousands of people, the thought of doing annual tax returns, applying for a mortgage, or even just helping children with their homework can bring them out in an episode of cold sweats and get…
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