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Kahoot! - Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject

Kahoot! - Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject | technologies | Scoop.it
Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!
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Kahoot!...
  - is a great tool for assessments and having a game based learning element added to the learning environment. 
  - can even be used for professional development. 
  - offers many quizzes in the "public library" which can be duplicated and then personalised/edited. 
When playing, Kahoot! in "ghost mode" it enables learners to try and beat their initial score. 
Jumble, one of Kahoot!'s recent additions, has proved to be a lot of fun and beneficial for learning. 
In Jumble... 
  - practitioners create a question and each of the four coloured tiles becomes part of the response. 
  - when the question appears on the board, the squares on the board are shown but the order is "jumbled". 
  - learners must then slide the squares into the right order to either spell the word, properly form the sentence, or answer the question. 
Foreign language teachers should find Jumble useful for getting learners to practice their spelling as well as for reinforcing proper word order for sentence structure in the language being taught. 
Suitable for all ages, for FREE! 
P.S. Matt Bergman - http://www.mattbergman.net/about-matt.html - has shared a Kahoot! Cheat Sheet that's well worth a closer look at... https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LIgPYv3KJU-rVsTmRAkgWVnYvtFZaEDs8esVt6l7Gko/edit
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Digital Compass - Educational games for kids to help teach digital citizenship & digital literacy skills.


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Digital Compass is a tool, released by Common Sense Media, to help younger learners get to grips with the fundamentals of digital citizenship and digital literacy. 
This is achieved through playing interactive games designed specifically for grades 6-9. 
The games came in the form of a simulation of the digital world we live in and provides users with an informed understanding of the implications. 
Digital Compass is an educational game that gives younger learners the freedom to explore how decisions, made in their digital lives, can impact their relationships and future. 
Available for iPad, Android phone and tablet, and Chromebook.
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Math is Fun - Maths Resources

Math is Fun - Maths Resources | technologies | Scoop.it

Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, quizzes, worksheets and a forum. For Learners and teachers.

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Math is Fun is a free website that offers maths games, puzzles, and tutorials.
Well worth a closer look.
The resource that many learners will find useful is the illustrated mathematics dictionary; found at https://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/index.html
The Math is Fun dictionary offers more than 700 definitions of mathematics terms. 
All of the definitions include an illustration. 
Nearly 200 of the definitions include an animation. Some of the animations are interactive tutorials.
For some learners, one of the obstacles to understanding how to solve maths problems is understanding the vocabulary used in the problem. Once they understand the meaning of terms they have an easier time understanding and solving the problems. This glossary of terms could helps learners get to the heart of a mathematics problem.
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Matific - Maths activities

Matific - Maths activities | technologies | Scoop.it

Matific develops mathematical excellence and problem solving skills through playful interaction. Matific catalog features hundreds of math games and activities, organized according to national maths teaching programs and popular textbooks.

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Matific is an excellent maths application that provides games and activities designed specifically to help learners develop mathematical and problem solving skills.
NOTE: Membership (at the time of posting this - Feb 2016) varies from £3.33 per month for 3 months to £1.83 per month for 12 months

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SHOW ME - browse Games, Events, Exhibitions & More

SHOW ME - browse Games, Events, Exhibitions & More | technologies | Scoop.it
Browse all of Show Me's featured games, collections, videos, stories, homework help and family days out information from museums, galleries and archives.
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The UK creators of "Show Me" know that browsing through all museum galleries and archives can take a few lifetimes. The site is a shortcut through the historical bylanes and the dusty corners, providing...
     ● games,
     ● videos,
     ● stories, and
     ● course assignment support.
Visitors to the website, can sort through the collections by topic or tag and find out where they are being displayed.
Show Me is an educational tool for both practitioners and learners. The short descriptions provided can spark more searches, or encourage visitors to visit the exhibitions if they are nearby.

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Prodigy Maths Game

Prodigy Maths Game | technologies | Scoop.it
Prodigy is a free math game for Grades 1 - 8 that kids absolutely love! Learn over 300 critical math skills in our self-paced math game.
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Prodigy - An environment for practising Maths Skills
Prodigy is a free, adaptive maths game that integrates 1st to 7th grade maths into a fantasy style game that learners will love playing.
Prodigy’s maths content is completely Canadian curriculum-aligned but is still suitable for use in the UK.
Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further, providing practitioners with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily...
   - identify trouble spots,
   - differentiate instruction, and
   - better manage classroom time.
Elements of Prodigy practitioners will like are...
   - The ability to track learner use and accuracy gives great information to help with evaluation of learners' maths abilities
   - The ability to give assignments relevant to the maths students are doing in class allows for reinforcement of concepts taught
   - The ability to differentiate assigned lessons for learners who need a challenge
Elements of Prodigy Maths Game that learners will enjoy are...
   - Engaging in maths battles and earning new rewards, pets, and other items
   - The ability to see how they are doing relative to their classmates
   - Learners who struggle seek help from classmates in the top 5 instead of always going to the practitioner (Providing opportunities to enhance communication skills).
   - Game questions align with the questions seen in face-to-face sessions.
   - Additionally, since Prodigy is web-based students can play from anywhere on almost any device.
Prodigy’s personalized approach quickly identifies gaps in learners’ understanding and works with them by pulling them back to prerequisite skills and then scaffolding them forward through more difficult concepts.
As a web-based game, Prodigy can be accessed any time, any where and on virtually any device.
Ideal for Functional Skills and more.
Practitioners can sign-up their class for free in less than 2 minutes.

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TryEngineering

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Try Engineering is a website that hosts lesson plans and games designed to get learners interested in engineering.
The 100+ lesson plans...
   - are arranged according age and engineering topic. T
   - can be downloaded as PDFs.
The games section...
   - features 36 on-line games.
   - covers a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and bio-engineering.
   - also includes links to a dozen iPad apps that learners can use to learn about engineering and programming

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The Bézier Game

The Bézier Game | technologies | Scoop.it
A game to help you master the pen tool
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The Bezier Game – can be a difficult but yet strangely addictive game, designed to help users learn how to use the Pen tool in Photoshop.
It provides learners with a variety of shapes and then shows them which way you need to move the Pen to succeed.
Learners then have to move the Pen with their mouse in the same way as they were shown. Easy? You’d be surprised.

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Illuminations

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Illuminations provides resources and materials to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics for all learners.
This includes...
   - Lesson Plans
   - Puzzles
   - Problems
   - Stories
   - Games
...and More
Practitioners can also...
   - subscribe to the "Bright Ideas" eNewsletter
   - read how others are using Illuminations resources
...and more...

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Illuminations provides resources and materials to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics for all learners.
This includes...
   - Lesson Plans
   - Puzzles
   - Problems
   - Stories
   - Games
...and More
Practitioners can also...
   - subscribe to the "Bright Ideas" eNewsletter
   - read how others are using Illuminations resources
...and more...

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Maths-resources - Free Maths Resources, Worksheets & Games

Maths-resources - Free Maths Resources, Worksheets & Games | technologies | Scoop.it
Free Maths Resources. Worksheets, Games, Graphs, Calculators.
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Free maths teaching resources!
In fact an Aladdins Den of Maths teaching resources available for free.

Take time to go through the site and download resources...
   - Maths games and puzzles,
   - worksheet generators,
   - graphing tools,
   - UKMT questions and a whole load more
...that you require or use the online tools.

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Math Chimp - Math Games, Videos, and Worksheets

Math Chimp - Math Games, Videos, and Worksheets | technologies | Scoop.it
Math Chimp has free math games, videos, and worksheets. We create and collect the best math activities online and organize them by the Common Core Standards.
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Math Chimp is a catalogue of more than one hundred on-line mathematics games and although aimed at elementary school and middle school learners, can be ideal for Functional Maths learners.
Practitioners can review games on Math Chimp by selecting a grade and then selecting a standard or objective. After those selections are made, Math Chimp will direct them to an appropriate mathematics game for their learners.
Math Chimp also offers a small library of instructional videos for each grade level. The videos are matched to the skills learners practice in games for the same grade level. To find an appropriate video just select a grade and a skill.

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Math Duel: 2 Player Math Game - Android Apps on Google Play

Math Duel: 2 Player Math Game - Android Apps on Google Play | technologies | Scoop.it
Two can have fun at the same time! Math Duel: 2 Player Math Game is one of those fun educational games where two players fight each other mathematically. Cool game for...
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Two can have fun at the same time!
Math Duel is one of those fun educational games where two players fight each other mathematically.
Testing their math skills in a race against their peers.
The screen is split in two so very convenient for the duel games.
This is a concentration game that stirs their brain in a positive way.
Dare I suggest a league table where players can only challenge others above them?

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GettyGames (Getty Museum)

GettyGames (Getty Museum) | technologies | Scoop.it
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Getty Games is a nice collection of art-based games produced by The Getty Museum for younger learners to enjoy (To be fair I enjoyed the ones I tried out).
An ideal resource for Family Learning Practitioners perhaps.
There are four categories of games, each offering a subset of games.
Getty Games...
   - offers directions for a selection of offline activities.
   - could be a nice way for learners to review artwork they see when exploring art on-line at The Getty.

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Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes to engage learners

Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes to engage learners | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quizziz is a fun assessment tool that continues to add more and more features; this makes obtaining feedback from students and providing feedback to them much easier. 
Some of the newer features include receiving a daily report of the Quizizz summary and being able to send parents, and/or other stakeholders the results of a learner’s Quizizz 'game'. 
The daily summary report shows the... 
  - number of Quizizz games used,  
  - number of responses, 
  - percentage correct 
...as well as additional information. 
It’s nice for practitioners to be able to have that data available so quickly. 
Quizizz easy to implement, users simply create their own by adding their own questions or search from the public Quizizz available and drag in the questions they want and then edit them according to their preferences. 
Other benefits include the ability to either play it live or assign it as "practice" or homework. 
NOTE: If practitioners create a Quizizz and there isn't enough time for learners to finish, no worries because when learners use the same login and pin number, they continue from where they left off in the game.
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ADDieMath -a simple and fun tool to learn and master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

ADDieMath which is a simple and fun tool that kids can use to learn and master ADDition, subtraction, multiplication and division fact tables. ADDieMath provides the challenge of timed problem solving, the tracking of learning progress, and the flexibility of various levels and operations!
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ADDieMath Learn Math! 
Master...
● Addition, 
● Subtraction, 
● Multiplication and 
● Division 
...with this fun, simple math game for grades 1-5.
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Access Maths - resources, games and a maths blog

Access Maths - resources, games and a maths blog | technologies | Scoop.it
Maths Teaching Resources, teaching blog and maths games.
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This website was created by a Maths teacher from Birmingham. Access Maths was created to share and store maths resources and maths games for maths practitioners. Its aim, to inspire both practitioners and learners in the field of mathematics.
The resources are aimed to help practitioners engage learners within the maths curriculum, by presenting the work in a way which will help them learn.

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AlfaTyping - Free typing lessons, lots of typing games and typing test

AlfaTyping - Free typing lessons, lots of typing games and typing test | technologies | Scoop.it
Free Typing Lessons - typing classes for teachers with lots of typing games and typing test.
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Learners can sign-up and use AlfaTyping, a free service that provides on-line typing lessons, and/or practitioners can create and manage accounts for their learners.
One of the nice things about AlfaTyping is that practitioners are able to create their own lessons using text that relates to topics learners are already studying.
That means when learners are reading the text on the screen and typing it, they are getting increased exposure to key vocabulary terms from other topics they're studying.
If practitioners don't have time to create their own lessons, they can use the pre-made lessons offered by AlfaTyping.
Regardless of whether they create their own lessons or use the pre-made lessons, they can track their learners' progress in AlfaTyping.

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BrainRush - Adaptive Learning Games

BrainRush - Adaptive Learning Games | technologies | Scoop.it
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BrainRush allows practitioners to set up virtual classrooms, assign any BrainRush to any learner and monitor their activity and progress in real time.
Practitioners can also differentiate their lesson plans by assigning remedial or advanced work based on unique learner needs.
BrainRrush library has zillions of BrainRushes, covering just about any topic.
If users can’t find what they’re looking for, they can create their own anytime.
NOTE: I'd advise practitioners check each Brainrush before assigning to learners because of "Cultural differences" e.g. the use of a comma before "and" in the USA but not in UK

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BrainRush allows practitioners to set up virtual classrooms, assign any BrainRush to any learner and monitor their activity and progress in real time.
Practitioners can also differentiate their lesson plans by assigning remedial or advanced work based on unique learner needs.
BrainRrush library has zillions of BrainRushes, covering just about any topic.
If users can’t find what they’re looking for, they can create their own anytime.
NOTE: I'd advise practitioners check each Brainrush before assigning to learners because of "Cultural differences" e.g. the use of a comma before "and" in the USA but not in UK

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Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology!

Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology! | technologies | Scoop.it
Video computer games, virtual labs and activities for learning and reviewing biology content. Great for students and teachers.
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Bioman Biology provides dozens of educational games and virtual labs designed to help students learn about topics related to biology.
The games and virtual labs are organized into eight topics...
   - physiology,
   - cells,
   - ecology,
   - genetics,
   - classification,
   - life chemistry,
   - respiration, and
   - scientific methods.
NOTE: Most the games are Flash-based but a handful of them are available as free iPad apps.
Bioman Biology also offers practitioners an option to track their learners' game scores.

When learners complete a game they have the option to enter their practitioners email address and have their scores sent them. Learners don't need to have email addresses of their own in order to send scores.

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TinyTap - Turn Moments Into Games

TinyTap - Turn Moments Into Games | technologies | Scoop.it

TinyTap is the best way to create personalised learning activities and games for learners on the iPad iPhone and Android devices.
TinyTap allows practitioners, parents, learners of all ages to turn the moments they share together into personal games. Free on the App Store and Google Play.

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Interactivity is an important ingredient when involving learners in any learning process.
The TinyTap app...
   - provides a free way to start building that interactivity into lessons.
   - is a simple but immensely powerful concept where static images and photos can be combined with recorded audio and digital hotspots to create fully interactive games and lessons.

Try it out, it's FREE

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physics.org

physics.org | technologies | Scoop.it
Your guide to physics on the web. physics.org is the place to be if you have a burning physics question, or if you just want to browse articles and interactive features about physics
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Have a question about physics or simply interested in the subject?
Check out physics.org for...
   -  facts,
   -  experiments,
   -  games and
   -  revision advice.
One for learners I feel.

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Woodlands Maths Zone - Fun interactive maths games

Woodlands Maths Zone - Fun interactive maths games | technologies | Scoop.it
Free interactive Maths games and puzzles. A fun way to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry. Learning without knowing it!
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Family Learning Practitioners, that are looking for some good mathematics games to add to their lists of resources, would do well to check out the links on the Woodlands Resources site.
The games offer fun practice activities for learners.
The games are organized according to skill sets.

The categories are...
   - measuring skills,
   - number skills,
   - shape and space skills, and
   - data skills.

Many of the games are also appropriate for use on interactive whiteboards and touch-screen computers.
Science and Literacy too...
In addition to the mathematics games Woodlands Resources includes sections for science and literacy games.
Note: The literacy section features games that use British English so teachers of American learners may not find them all that useful.

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Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps

Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps | technologies | Scoop.it
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
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Google has released this new game called Smarty Pins which uses Google Maps for its layout.
It's a game that tests players geography and trivia skills. It could be ideal for use with learners.
Players in Smarty Pins are asked a wide variety of geography-based questions to which they have to provide answers by dragging and dropping a pin in Maps. 
Scores are converted into miles and players are given 1000 miles at the start of the play .
With each incorrect answer a number of miles are subtracted from the players' score.
The trick is to answer questions as quickly as possible before the number of miles reaches zero.
First select a category. The categories available are...
   - Arts and Culture,
   - Science and Geography,
   - Sports and Games,
   - Entertainment,
   - History and Current Event.
Players will then be provided with a question.
If they find the question too hard to answer they can get help by using the "take a hint" button.
To answer the question players need to drop the pin on the correct location.
The final score you reach can be shared with others using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.

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Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English. www.chrome.com/spellup
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Spell Up is a new word game and Chrome Experiment that helps learners improve their English using their voice—and a modern browser, of course.
It’s like a virtual spelling bee, with a twist.
Spell Up is both fun and educational.
The goal of the game is for users to correctly spell the words they hear and stack them to build the highest word tower they can...
   - letter by letter,
   - word by word.
The higher the tower gets, the more difficult the word challenges:
They’ll be asked to...
   - pronounce words correctly,
   - solve word jumbles and
   - guess mystery words.

They can earn bonuses and coins to level up faster.

Spell Up works best in Chrome on a computer and on Android phones and tablets. (It also works on iPhones and iPads, but they’ll need to type rather than talk.)
Whether they’re just learning English or they’re already a pro, check it out!

And if you’re a practitioner, I'd encourage you to try it out in your learning environments.

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TypeRacer - the global typing competition

TypeRacer - the global typing competition | technologies | Scoop.it
Race against live opponents typing quotes from books, movies, and songs.
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TypeRacer
A game that is designed around typing speed sounds boring, right? It’s not boring when learners are competing against other users from around the world.
TypeRacer requires users to type as quickly and accurately as possible, moving their car across the screen at the same time as their opponents.
As well as the prestige of winning the race, they’ll also be given statistics about their performance, including their top typing speed and frequency of errors.

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