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games in educationUpdated 6-7-16

This is an exciting list–great simulations I’ve found around the internet. Some of the entries have more than one.

A note: some must be downloaded and a few purchased, so the link might take you to a website that provides access rather than play:

  1. Bridge Builder—learn how to design and test bridges
  2. Dimension U–games that focus on math and literacy–fee-based
  3. Electrocity—how does electricity contribute to the growth of communities
  4. iCivics—experience what it means to be part of a democracy
  5. Second Life—simulates just about anything if you can find it


  1. Admongo–explore, discover and learn about online ads while playing a game
  2. Be Your Own Boss–pick and business and see what happens; from PBS
  3. Coffee Shop—run a coffee shop business
  4. Lemonade Stand—run a lemonade stand business
  5. You are here–where kids learn to be smarter consumers


  1. Civilization--Sid Meier’s Civilization game (fee required)
  2. History Mystery–play the game
  3. History Simulations–fee and free
  4. Making History: The Great War—WWI strategy game
  5. Mission US–students role play the American Revolution or the Civil War
  6. Past/Present—life as an American immigrant in the early 1900’s


  1. Adventures of Jasper Woodbury–fee based but great reputation for teaching math in a game environment
  2. Dimension M–math simulations, MS and HS–well-reputed
  3. Math by Design--design with math

Problem Solving

  1. Choose your own adventure--great list from Larry Ferlazzo
  2. CSI Online Adventure
  3. Quandary–an ethics problem solving game from MIT


  1. SimTower—learn how to


  1. Sports Network 2–practice reading skills in a simulated setting as you build a network


  1. 21 Steps (story told via Google Earth
  2. Dig hole through the earth with Google Earth
  3. Science simulations—lots of choices at 7th grade level

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