Video games can offer a playful approach to learning a new concept, providing a jumping off point for diving deeply into a topic. Games can’t do all the teaching, but they are an engaging way to get kids thinking -- even about ethics.
Caduceus is an online puzzle and adventure game that takes players to a mythical world where they must find a cure for a plague that’s sweeping the land. Players of all ages, but especially those in middle school, can “game for good” as part of the Generation Cures project, learning about science as they help to raise money for critical pediatric medical research. The “In the Classroom” program is ideally suited for classroom lessons and fundraising projects.
Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters! Linked to both national and state mathematics standards, the game gives students a chance to actually think like mathematicians.
“…Great to see Michael Gove actually talking about games, but sad that he still thinks their best use is carrot and stick – do the equation and get ammo to shoot the aliens – eat the brussel sprouts and then you can have the Christmas pudding. Using games for motivation is only one facet, let’s get him thinking about exploration, experimentation, team building, problem solving and independent, personalised, differentiated experiences – then we’ll really be tapping into the full potential games can offer for learning… “
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