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Great Game-based Learning Tools and Apps for Teachers

May 9, 2014
Immersive environments can be good learning vehicles if constructed and used correctly. Here are a set of virtual worlds that use the latest in game mechanics to deliver instruction in fun and interactive ways. Consider them as a supplement to a classroom or for use with students that respond well to such immersion.

Dora's Great Big World 




This iOS app immerses preschoolers in learning games on topics like letter recognition, early reading, and early counting.

Create , play, and share games to support teaching and learning any subject, any level, any language, anywhere.


Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

This web-based, historically accurate, CCSS-aligned, time-travel adventure teaches critical thinking, empathy, and global citizenship.

Practice CCSS-aligned 3rd to 8th grade math within this web-based virtual world. Contains some cartoon and fantasy violence.

Want more? Check out these collections 
Web: Game-Based Learning Sites, 4th & 5th Grades 


This collection is  curated by education technology consultant Lisha Vuskovich.


This one is curated by technology integration specialist Jake Duncan.


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