Games are important learning and teaching materials in the classroom. Teachers have been integrating games into their instruction way before even the use of technology. But now that technology has swept over every facet of education, it becomes incessant that we search for and provide educational games that can be of some beneift to our students learning. Our Teachers Guide on The Use of Games in Education provides the pedagogical background behind the use of gaming with students, check it out to learn more.
Today, however, we are introducing you to the practical part of that guide, the part where you have to use your common sense and intellect in selecting games that will work for your students. This could be a hard job if you are left to yourself struggling with search engines to find out educational games to use in your classroom or the ones to recommend to your students, thankfully we would not have to go through this process for the Gaming Matter has already done the job on our behalf.
Gaming Matter is a website that lists some of the best educational games to use in your instruction. These games are organized into subject area, age category or degree of difficulty. Below are the main game categories as featured in Gaming Matter. Click on any title to access to the corresponding category:
1- A Gaming Primer
This is a set of easy games for beginners
2- Games for Youth
These are games that your kids or students can play without the need of your supervision
3- Games for Teens
These are great games designed specifically to meet the needs of learning teenagers
4- Social Studies Games
These games are all around social studies . They are desgined in such a way to foster students understanding of this subject matter
5- Writing and Story Games
This is a list of games about writing and story telling. This list is still in progress.
6- Math Games
This section is dedicated to Math games. The aim is to foster mathematical thinking