Browsing Posts tagged game-based learning

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.

The Balance the Budget Challenge presents you with dozens of options that can cut the state budget. When you’re done, you can submit your budget proposal to the Governor.

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.

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.

Here’s what’s going on at the NASA Earth Observatory, brought to you by Fred Beyer at EarthSciTeach.

Make your school’s chess club a little more competitive by rating players according to their wins and losses using ELO Rater.

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.

Entirely free and web-based, Mission US puts you in the shoes of a teenage boy in Boston before the American Revolution.

InterroBang, a game of real-life missions that challenge students’ creativity and problem-solving skills has just launched their second edition, which runs until January 31, 2011.

Everyone would agree that it’s important to learn about personal finance, yet many kids grow up without the skills to manage their money. This is probably because the topic was never put in the context of a pig riding a jet ski.