5 Interactive Games to Help Students Explore the World's Cultures

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Google Arts & Culture offers a wide variety of educational resources to help students explore the cultural diversity of the world beyond their classrooms. In a previous post I shared here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning I discussed 10 practical ways students can use Google Arts & Culture to enhance their cultural literacy. One of these ways, getting cultured through game-based learning, is the focus of today's post.

Google Arts & Culture has a games section featuring five interactive games that enable students to learn about art and culture. Check them out below and share with your students and kids. 

What Came First

An interactive game where students pick which comes first. The faster students answer, the more points they get. Students are provided with two visual prompts and are asked to click on the one that is chronologically older. These visual prompts come in different forms including: pictures of artists, architectural symbols, museums, inventors, and many more. Once students choose an answer they can then scroll down to read more on the visual prompts.

Cultural Crosswords

A game which helps students develop their cultural literacy through word puzzles. Crosswords are arranged into four main categories: Arts, Around the World, Science and Technology, Fashion, and Nature. Students can choose to play crosswords in each of these categories or play those featured in the weekly crosswords section. Once they select the crossword they want to play they can click on Clues to start filling up the crossword. When students click on a clue they can view detailed information about it on Google Arts & Culture.

Puzzle Party

Students work in pairs or individually to solve artistic jigsaw puzzles. There are hundreds of artworks students can play. The process is simple and easy: First students select the artwork they want to play. They can click on  'Learn More' to access more information about the artwork in Google Arts & Culture. Next, they choose whether they want to play the jigsaw game solo or with others. For the latter option, a unique code is generated to share with others. 

Visual Crosswords

This game enables students to learn more about arts and culture through unexpected pairings. For instance, to learn more about Art Movements, students are provided with two columns and are asked to drag artworks to boxes anywhere they match the labels. If they are not familiar with a particular artwork they can click on Learn More to read about it on Google Arts and Culture.

Art Coloring Book

A game that lets students color their way 'through the palettes of famous paintings'. To start playing it, they need to choose an artwork then use the provided tools to colour and customize it the way they want. Once completed, they can download their artwork or share it with others on social media or through a generated link. There is also the option to print out coloring books so students can work on them offline.