January 28, 2013

iCivics is a project that was spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to help teach civics and inspire students to get involved in our democratic system. It has lesson plans and webquests, but its big draw is its collection of … Continued

Challenge a computer to a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors

March 21, 2011

You and your students may have heard all about the IBM computer, Watson, playing as a contestant on Jeopardy. You too can match wits with a computerized opponent in a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors. It’s not quite the same as Jeopardy, but this game from the New York Times pits humans against an artificial intelligence that learns from the style of play of its competitor (that would be you.)

Spent challenges players to keep a roof over their heads

March 4, 2011

Possibly the first video game about homelessness, Spent challenges you to keep a roof over your head for 30 days. It’s not easy — like a computerized embodiment of Murphy’s Law, Spent confronts you with one misfortune after another. To win, you have to make a series of hard choices that have no apparent right answer.

Third World Farmer puts you in the shoes of the impoverished

February 8, 2011

This online game captures the realities of rural life in Sub-Saharan Africa. You begin with a family of four, a small house, and an empty field. If you’re successful, the family can afford education and medical care, or try to increase their farm output by purchasing tools.

Get to know words with Knoword

February 4, 2011

In Knowords, players are given the first letter of a word, then a short definition. From there, they have one minute to type in as many correct words as they can.

Build your own planet at Extreme Planet Makeover

January 14, 2011

Extreme Planet Makeover lets you manipulate several conditions that make a planet conducive to life as we know it — the planet’s age, its distance from the sun, what type of star it orbits, and more.