Using games in education

Using games in education

Five of the best educational online games

Using online games in education can be a controversial subject. If you're happy to use online games in the classroom, where can you fit them in? Are they convenient to use as a starter or a quick activity?

Whatever your opinions on online games, there's no doubt that for many students gaming is a quick and easy way to get them thinking about a subject. To get you thinking about using games in the classroom we've found a few of the best educational online game websites for you.

BBC Schools

BBC Schools

The BBC's reliably excellent schools website has a huge range of games for students aged 4-16. Many of the games are linked to the BBC's Bitesize revision website. Games include:

Secondary Online Science

Secondary Online Science Channel 4

Created by Channel 4, SOS is aimed at 11-14 year olds who like playing online games and want a fun way to learn about science. Topics include energy, sound and textiles.

Science Museum games

Science Museum games

Well-designed and engaging games from the Science Museum. Topics include energy, plastics, evolution and waste.

Physics Games

Physics Games

Recommended by physics.org, Physics Games has loads of simple online games all connected to physics. Games involve building, balancing, gluing and breaking, all requiring a knowledge of the principles of physics to complete.

Warning: the games are VERY addictive!

Edheads

Edheads

Edheads is a non-profit organisation providing free, educational online games focused on science, math, and critical thinking. The website is based in America, so games are linked to the US curriculum, but there are a wide variety of activities which link into the UK curricula. Topics include:

  • Design a cell phone
  • Create a stem cell line
  • Nanoparticles and brain tumours

Several games, such as Deep Brain Simulation Surgery, are sponsored and developed by reputable organisations such as universities. Edheads also have a teacher resource section. One criticism of the website is the adverts - is it really appropriate to advertise plastic surgery on an educational site? Other than that, the games could be an excellent starter or quick introduction to a particular topic.

We want to hear from you! Share your opinions on online gaming and let us know your favourite websites. Email planetscience@tinopolis.com.

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