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12 of The Best Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Games

March 8, 2017
As we have stated elsewhere, 'designing learning games is a great way to develop students analytic thinking and foster self-expression. It is also an effective way to introduce students to basic coding and programming concepts and help them cultivate 21st century learning skills.'  Given the importance of game-based learning in our students cognitive development we have curated for you this list featuring some of the best websites you can use with your students and kids to design challenging educational games. Utilizing these tools will enable you to create personalized games that suit your own teaching and learning context. Check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list.

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12 of The Best Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Games

1- Minecraft Education


‘Minecraft: Education edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination.’

2- Scratch

‘With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.’

 3- Puzzlemaker by Discovery Education


‘Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.’

4- PurposeGames

‘PurposeGames lets you create and play games. Students, teachers and rockstars alike all come here to create and learn.’

5- Gamestar Mechanic


‘Gamestar Mechanic uses fun, game-based quests and courses to help you learn game design and make your own video games!’

6- GameSalad

‘GameSalad teaches Computer Science by enabling students to easily and rapidly build great games.’

7- Pixel Press

‘With the Pixel Press creator platform, you can literally draw your own video game – no coding required.’

8- ARIS

‘ARIS is a user-friendly, open-source platform for creating and playing mobile games,
tours and interactive stories. Using GPS and QR Codes, ARIS players experience
a hybrid world of virtual interactive characters, items, and media placed in physical space.’

9- Construct 2

‘You can now make advanced games without writing a line of code. Construct 2 does the hard work so you don't have to. Our highly intuitive event system makes putting your games together quick and easy.’

10- JeopardyLabs

‘JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world.’

11- Sploder

‘Sploder makes it super easy for you to make your own free games online. Make your own arcade games, platformer games, spaceship shooters, or space adventure games.’

12- ProProfs Brain Games


‘ Play exciting online puzzles and brain games at ProProfs or create a unique one. You can also make your own brain teasers, trivia or online puzzle games and share it with friends. Combine fun with learning, challenge and enhance your brain's processing speed and performance.’

Sources:
http://www.gamesforchange.org/learn/game-development-tools/
https://gamesined.wikispaces.com/Game+Creation+Tools
http://classroom-aid.com/play-and-learn/game-building/
http://freegameslist.weebly.com/game-creation-tools.html#tools
http://www.pixelprospector.com/the-big-list-of-game-making-tools/