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50 Sites & Apps for K-12 Education Games

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Game-based learning is a great way to integrate technology into the classroom while engaging kids with real learning. This list covers a wide range of subjects, and many of these sites have educational portals that allow educators to track and monitor student progress. 

*This list is in alphabetical order.

50 Sites & Apps for Educational Games

  1. ABCya - A great site for games and mobile apps for elementary students. Games can be searched by Common Core State Standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards.
  2. Answerables - An innovative site that is a cross between game- based learning and a learning management system, helping educators to "gamify" a lesson.
  3. Arcademics - One of my favorite sites for game based learning (K-8th grade) in a wide range of subjects. It includes an educational portal that allows teachers to monitor student progress, generate detailed reports, and assess student learning. The site has received a number of awards for its innovative approach to learning.
  4. Badaboom - A new site where educators can create quizzes and games and have students answer them on their mobile devices. Inspired by “Kahoot!, the app’s makers claim it offer more and better features.
  5. Braineos - This easy-to-use site offers games based on flash cards in a wide variety of subjects and topics, including English, math, sciences, and languages.
  6. BrainNook - A fun app for students that focuses on English and math. Also, there is a teacher portal with a wealth of resources for educators.
  7. Bubbabrain - Lots of games for elementary, middle and high school and even AP and college games. Teachers and students can create their own games easily as well.
  8. Classcraft - Ideal for self-paced learning, Classcraft allows educators to turn their routine curriculum into personalized quests.
  9. Cookie - A great site for educational games and teacher resources, offering other resources such as stories, worksheets, arts and crafts and more.
  10. Creativity Games - A simple site offering creative word games to help spur brain creativity.
  11. Creating Music - Kids learn about music through games like Pitch, Comparing and Playing with Scales.
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  12. DimensionU - An innovative site where kids can learn math and literacy (grades 3-9) playing multiplayer video games in a 3D virtual world.
  13. Educandy - Turns teachers’ quiz questions into interactive learning games in minutes. A shareable code lets kids play the educational games and activities.
  14. Education Galaxy - A state-of-the-art online platform for grades K-6 that uses game-based learning to achieve academic success. Also provides a program geared towards struggling learners and at-risk students.
  15. Fuel the Brain - A wonderful site to learn elementary skills such as math, science, and reading using games and interactives. Lots of educational resources too, including teacher guides and articles, printables and mini-books.
  16. Funbrain - Browse K-8 educational games by grade level, popularity, and topics like math, grammar, and vocabulary. Lots of amusing animals featured to keep kids engaged.
  17. Funschool - A wide variety of games, activities, and videos for kids.
  18. Gamequarium - A popular site with lots of games in a wide variety of subject areas. Includes free test prep resources, holiday-themed games and videos, and resources for teachers such as writing prompts, lessons plans, and printable worksheets.
  19. GameUp - This innovative site from the creators of BrainPop provides games on their interactive animated videos. Subjects include science, social studies, English, STEM topics and more.
  20. Gimkit - Created by a high school student, Gimkit bills itself as a gameshow for the classroom. Reports for educators are generated after every game played.
  21. iCivics - A fantastic free site founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with an educational portal for learning about civics and a standards-based game and curriculum unit search.
  22. Kahoot - One of the most popular sites for gamifying the classroom. Teachers creates games and quizzes and students answer them on their mobile devices. Offers a plan for every budget - free basic, pro and premium.
  23. Kidz Page - A fun site for preK-8 educational games. Kids can explore math and number games, word games, picture games, sudoku, logic puzzles and more.
  24. Knoword - An excellent fast-paced vocabulary game with a teacher portal where educators can create their own "word" packs and track students' progress.
  25. Land of Venn - A fun iOS geometry game in which students draw geometric shapes to defend against monsters.
  26. Learning Games for Kids - A great site for educational games on lots of different subject areas. Games of every type can be found, from animal games to U.S. state games. Also included are videos, lessons, typing practice and much more.
  27. Lure of the Labyrinth - An innovative game for middle school pre-algebra students, offering math-based puzzles woven into an exciting and heroic adventure.
  28. Math and Sorcery - One of my favorite iOS apps for learning basic math skills in a 8-bit style RPG game. Students are challenged to find the stolen book of Math and Sorcery.
  29. Math Attax - A super-fun free mobile (iOS/Google Play) math game that helps students with basic math skills.
  30. Math Castle - A great iOS app for learning basic math skills while trying to defend your castle against monsters.
  31. Math Chimp - A nice little site for finding math games, worksheets, and videos.
  32. MinecraftEdu - A unique game based on the popular PC designed specifically for schools. Extensive classroom resources include lesson plans, training for educators, challenge building and more.
  33. Numbers League - An award-winning math game in a comic book style designed for all ages.
  34. Pipo Games - A nice site for educational games for ages 3-12 years. A paid site unlocks all the features.
  35. Play Brighter - A fantastic site filled with educational games on a wide variety of subjects, built on their unique anime-style interface. Teachers select questions from over 15,000 available to create their own games. Students choose avatars and earn “currency” to customize them.
  36. Play Kids Games - A fun site for educational games in subject areas such as math, vocabulary, and geography.
  37. Play4A - A nice site where teachers can create educational games to help with their curriculum.
  38. Prodigy - An excellent free online math game designed for grades 1-8.
  39. PurposeGames - Find games on a wide variety of subjects—and create your own too!
  40. Reading Racer - Unique iOS game in which students speak/read into their mobile device to help them win a race.
  41. RoomRecess - One of my favorite sites. Find over 140 learning games in a wide variety of subjects, including math, language arts, typing and keyboard skills, puzzles and more. Games grouped by grades as well as topics.
  42. Sheppard Software - A nice site offering hundreds of free games, grouped by grade level and including subjects such as animals, geography, chemistry, vocabulary, grammar, math and STEM topics.
  43. Skoolbo - Wonderful educational games for core skills in the primary grade levels.
  44. Socrates - An innovative new site where educators can differentiate instruction through a unique game-based learning system. Reporting tools help teachers track students’ progress.
  45. Teaching with Portals - A very innovative game based on the Popular console/PC game Portal, with plenty of lesson plans to be found.
  46. The Time Tribe - An excellent game for grades 5 and up, combining adventure video gameplay with history, archeology and world culture.
  47. TypeTastic - A terrific keyboarding site for K-12 students offering more than 400 games..
  48. Vedoque - A nice site for educational games preK - 8th grade. Whimsical games like Multifruit Trees, The Mouse Maze and Play With Sol Lewitt's Painting will engage students with their original styles.
  49. What2Learn - A excellent site for educational games where teachers can create games and track students with a paid account.
  50. ZooWhiz - Kids 4-15 years create their own virtual zoo and develop math and reading skills. Guidelines for teachers are included.

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David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.