Students love playing digital games and research shows that powerful learning can occur with game-based curriculum. While there are lots of websites and mobile apps available that offer pre-made educational games but it happens many times that you can’t find the right game that addresses the specific learning needs of your students. In such cases, you can design your own games and yes you can do that without any expertise in game designing knowledge. You can design the game you want in such a way that you address all the learning objectives in your course. There are several tools that make it super easy for you to easily create a wide variety of educational games using a drag and drop editor. We can also push the learning to a whole next level by involving students to design learning games.
Why are educational games important?
Game design and development builds art, math, and coding skills, and offers students an outlet to show what they know. These collaboratively work on creating their own games with these tools, students will start thinking in exciting and creative ways. It also motivates self learning, enhances problem-solving skills, improves communication, interaction and work in a team to a great extent. It also observes that strategic games improve the functioning of the brain.
Below is a collection of some free web tools and apps which can be used to create simple and intricate games
Scratch is a free visual programming language where you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. It can also be used for a range of educational and entertainment constructionist purposes from math and science projects, including simulations and visualizations of experiments, recording lectures with animated presentations, to social sciences animated stories, and interactive art and music. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. It creates and prints customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists. It uses a word filter to prevent the random creation of offensive and duplicate words.
Sploder makes it super easy for you to make your own free online games for students. It is a really great tool that offers students a first look at game based learning. Students can use this tool in a creative manner.
Minecraft Education is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Educators of grades K-12 are using this game to teach a range of subjects, from history to chemistry and foreign languages.
Pixel Press has developed a platform which allows their users to create their own video game. These platforms have been used mostly by teachers and students. It develops skills, such as critical problem solving, improves strategic and practical processes required for design thinking, to its users And the best part is no coding required to create your own video games.
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