Games Work in Education.

Are you a classroom teacher? So was I. I used games to teach, it works!

YES. Computer games are an incredible learning tool
YES. We can prove kids are learning
YES. We can see kids become excited and engaged about learning
YES. You can do it!

If you are interested in a quick-and-simple guide, you can click here. Or if you are a youtube kind of person:


Getting your foot in the door
An Invitation to teachers to use games in your classroom
Helping teachers to use games
Setting a higher standard and assessment
Instructional design and games

Evaluating the educational potential
Criteria for evaluating educational potential in games
The right circumstances for games in education to work

Good games to use in your classroom and some examples

An introduction to Sim City 4 (6.1 MB PDF file)
An Introduction to The Sims 2 (4.5 MB PDF file)
An Introduction to Age of Mythology (7.4 MB PDF file)
An Introduction to Civilization 3 (7.8 MB PDF file)

How might I use Railroad Tycoon III in my classroom?
Is Eve Online a good choice for my classroom?

Articles I've written about Games in education

Different categories of games in education
Dungeons and Dragons for 6th graders?
Animal dissections should not be computer simulated
My kids want to use Unity3D for a science project
7th grade Minecraft Project
Defining Games in Education
CEESA Games in Education Notes
CEESA Minecrafting
Quivering Communist Zombie Space Death - Part 2
Quivering Communist Zombie Space Death - Part 1
Presentation: games in education notes
Interview with scholastic - Play to Learn
Answering serious questions about serious games
Thank you Baruch
Computer games during the summer
Why you tube, indeed.
Do you need more money? We need to win this thing!
Frontline’s digital nation documentary
Designing video games helps kids learn?
Poland goes PEGI
Game Research - updated December 2009
Balanced Gaming
Why do people play computer games?
a good idea, a great idea
Best way to learn programming for a 16 year old? Build a game….
Exceptional article on video game addiction
The fourth type of game - kagfs
Informal Learning and Video Games
Board games in the classroom?
What would you teach a group of 11 year old kids about text based games - part 4
Paper and Pencil games
Teens video games and civics
Text-based games with a group of 11 year old kids
2008 Conference Notes Games in Education Conference
News story: Video games help children learn
Three types of games in education
Railroad Tycoon III in the classroom
Text based games in an after school program
MMORPG’s in education
The right circumstances for games in education to work
Can Eve Online be played casually?
Is Eve Online Educational?
Games and compulsive internet use
Um, EA? What are you smoking?
Some answers to some common questions:


Bill MacKenty

Look at the energy, enthusiasm, and motivation our kids spend playing computer games. Yea. Let's use that.

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