Using Games to Reinforce the Classroom
Gaming??? What??? We’re not in the business of letting our kids play - or are we? I have been as skeptical as anyone about bringing games into the classroom. However, our students were raised in a culture of virtual reality and games. I remember seeing an Atari for the first time and thinking how cool PacMan was. Now I can take a virtual reality course with instructors in Denmark with my very own avatar. Weird. I believe the effectiveness of any game (or technology) for that matter lies in our attitude (as in anything).
I introduced BrainPop during the last Eblast, but thought I would include some other games that may be able to help you reinforce lessons in your class.
Here is a neat little game to help with the different layers of the earth: Dirt Detective
Here is a neat little game on electricity: Electricity and Circuits
Here is an exercise to practice engine parts: Small Engine Quiz
Here is an animation on how to use a micrometer: Using a Micrometer
Here is a link with various types of engines where you can speed up and slow down the engines: Animated Engines