On this page find apps and websites in which students can practice their theoretical learning in a relaxed game and contextualized atmosphere. Some apps offer individual and paired practice. All add both a serious and fun component. Reward your students for their hard work with these fun ways to practice their new skills! (Click here to return to the first page.)
- iCivics (Free, Website)
Don’t just learn civics – play civics! Run for president. Pass new laws. Argue real cases. Audience: Advanced learners.
Students will need to log in to play the variations of these games.
You are the newly elected governor of Virginia and you have inherited a poor economy. Your goal is to improve the quality of public services (public safety, transportation, health, education) in an attempt to increase your approval rating. Improve the quality of the public services by researching the US economy. This will earn you special abilities and extra cash for the state budget. You will serve a 4 year term and readjust the budget every round (fiscal quarter) for 16 rounds. Virginia Standard of Learning (SOL) areas targeted: Civics and Economics CE.11, CE.12, and CE.13
This is a past-paced mathematics fame with lots of fun and diverse problems in different areas. Starting as a male or female farmer, you level up your character by answering math questions and improving your total score. New characters and design music are included for each of ten levels. Collect stars, get achievements and compare scores against friends or players all over the world.
Tips for and Articles on Contextualized Game Apps
- Games in the Mathematics Classroom: There’s an App for That!, Patrick Feeney, Edutopia, May 2014
Article on how puzzle apps align with the common core standards and promote students to be creative mathematical thinkers.