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ICT - Games based learning

Resources | Published 9 January, 2012

Classroom games

Welcome to the Games-based learning collection of resources. Here you will find a range of ready to use resources, adaptable resources and lesson plans/suggestions for playful approaches to learning across the curriculum, as well as for encouraging learners to become creators of their own games. Why not contribute your own ideas?

 

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General Resources

Find suggestions for using games effectively, for display materials and for cross-curricular learning opportunities

Games and learning poster

  • A great display resource from Futurelab that offers a range of suggestions for how games can be used to enhance learning through the curriculum, as well as for developing the skills needed for future game makers.

Pupil name generator

  • A fantastic name generator that can be used for games in class, as well as a multitude of other uses….. Simply enter pupil names in the second page of the Excel file.

Games timeline

  • This is a great display resource and a trip down memory lane for many of us!

Games-based learning analysis

  • Deciding if the games are being used for the sake of the game or the sake of the learning is important if they are to be used effectively in lessons - this guide supports the decision-making process by giving clear criteria.

Design a game cover

  • Creating games involves a whole range of skills and it’s always good to include cross curricular opportunities for learners. These resources from james_abela and purplemash.com are great examples.

Design a game cover 2

  • An introductory video sets the scene for primary children to design a game cover using Purplemash.

Using storyboarding to plan games

  • Storyboards are used by games creators - and this provides a great opportunity for cross curricular learning opportunities, such as this which develops programming as well as multimedia storytelling.

Harvest game

  • A fantastic game, using arrow keys for moving a spade to collect the harvest and avoid tractors and combine harvesters. It could be used for a range of lessons - developing keyboard skills, counting, descriptive work, as a model for students developing their own games.

Easter bunny maze game

  • Another flash game that provides a playful learning opportunity for younger students.

Memory game

  • A great KIMs game for developing concentration and memory - a bit of fun!

ICT Curriculum

Sorting activities are frequently used to help learners organise ideas and engage in discussions to agree sequences. These sequencing activities have their place in the ICT curriculum, too, and, of course, crosswords always provide an opportunity to clarify if students have learnt the vocabulary associated with any topic!

Systems life cycle game

  • from nbrighton78

Network topologoes games

  • from nbrighton78

TCP/IP matching game

  • from nbrighton78

Spreadsheets crossword puzzle

  • from shalai

Data protection act Wipeout game

  • james_abela uses PowerPoint to create a fantastic game to support ICT learning.

Top Trumps and Microsoft Access

  • A popular game format is used in this example to create meaningful databases - bringing a bit of fun to a topic that can often be rather dry!

Using Flash For Games

Great resources provide examples for students and model the coding in tutorials for pupils to deconstruct and reconstruct as appropriate.

Colour the witch - halloween fun!

These seasonal activities from cyberphysics are great games for younger children to develop mouse skills, but also provide fantastic models and tutorials for older children to develop their own flash colouring activities.

Colour the monster - halloween fun!

Colour the pumpkin - halloween fun!

Colour the spooky house - halloween fun!

Flash Christmas game tutorial

Another game that can be played by younger children - and there’s enough information in the how-to guide to empower learners to make a version of the example or to develop into their own ideas.

Drag and drop quiz in Flash

  • Drag and drop quizzes is another great way of encouraging students to make their own flash games

Snow cat jigsaw puzzle

  • These examples from cyberphysics are for creating jigsaws in Flash and can be played by younger learners to develop mouse skills, too!

Fireworks jigsaw puzzle 2

Using Commercial Games and Consoles

Hijacking commercially available games and games consoles for learning purposes is growing in popularity and providing relevant, meaningful, fun contexts for learning. These are just a few examples and it would be good to see more about how Kinect, Wii and other consoles are being used in class! Could your examples be featured in this collection?

Mario and Sonic maths

Mario and Sonic English

Mario and Sonic relational database

  • from David Phillips

Learners Becoming Games Creators

Using tools such as Alice, Kodu and Scratch – all free downloads – brings the opportunity to become programmers to children of all ages. Visual programming and opportunities to develop, refine and improve sequences of instructions can be used at a whole range of levels. Many thanks to our featured contributor, David Phillips, for all his amazing Scratch tutorials.

Games-based blogging

  • Aclearly outlined unit of work for primary schools introducing Kodu, designed by secondary students from Saltash.net for their local primary schools.

Kodu and English

  • Using a story board to design a computer game can be linked effectively to writing a narrative - making the game creation more considered and providing a concrete experience for writing.

Scratch tutorial - programming a computer game

  • from kevinbertman

Using Scratch

  • Tutorials, step by step guides and lesson plans for getting started with Scratch abound and these are some of the most useful, including video tutorials for making more complex games.

Computer game production in Scratch

  • from snegreid

Fish and shark game using Scratch

  • from David Phillips

Shoot the ducks Scratch Game

  • from Bill_Lonsdale

Car racing game made in Scratch

  • from David Phillips

Pong made with Scratch

  • from David Phillips

Parrot shooting game in Scratch

  • from David Phillips

Scratch and the 1960’s

 

Revision Games and Quizzes

Playful quizzes based on popular TV games are a great way to engage learners and to liven up revision and assessment for learning opportunities.

Deal or no deal ICT GCSE revision quiz

  • from David Phillips

Create exciting quizzes

  • Interactive quizzes can easily be created by learners using the free PowerPoint add-in, Mouse Mischief. And as we know, it’s when learners become creators rather than simply consumers that they have really understood the learning.

QI Quiz

  • from r1l3y1882

Keyboard Drag and Drop Quizzes

  • An example of how being really creative with the tools that are available can make a highly effective Word document game.

Deal or No Deal?

  • from MrVixen

Letters & sounds phase 5 millionaire

  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is one of those games that has been taken and adapted by many different people and re-shared - these are just a few examples of how it has been used across the curriculum, starting with this game.

Millionaire - RE quizzes

  • from latimerw

Millionaire - anti bullying

  • from thetreasurebox

Millionaire - gcse bones

  • from rpk

Millionaire - children’s rights

  • from ianbcormack

Millionaire - star distances

  • from ScienceSteph

Starters, Plenaries and Other Curriculum Areas

ICT games can be used to enhance learning and revision in a range of curriculum areas. Check out some of these helpful links.

Various maths games

  • These fantastic learning games can consolidate understanding in maths and give learners an opportunity to practise what they have been learning.

Resources from MangaHigh

  • A range of maths resources

Guess the Hidden Shape

  • TESiboard provide a range of games to enhance learning throughout the curriculum - and don’t just think they’re suitable for EYFS or KS1 - there are many that are useful for KS2 or even beyond, too!

Superme games for PHSCE

  • PHSCE games from Channel 4 Learning

Plenary games

  • from Jamie Barton

Pirate plenary multiple choice

  • from alrightmebabbers

German Grand Prix game starter

  • from gavinhillage

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