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Top 5 Free Educational Games

In today’s computer oriented world, games can be educational and fun.  Educational games and educational game sites abound on the internet today.  Most of those sites are promoting games that make learning fun.  We took the top 10 free adult/young adult educational games to several Seattle retirement homes and asked the residents what they thought. We also took the same 10 games to the local high school and asked the students for their opinions.

 

Here are the top 5 Free Educational Games as picked by the Seattle retirement home residents and the high school students:

 

# 1 is Magna High.

The games in Magna High are 100% math and hard work, but fascinating to students.  All students work at their own speeds, making it great for slow or fast students.  Students end up doing more math during the games than they would in a normal classroom lesson.  Students receive higher game points for making mistakes in the beginning of the game but mastering it by the end.  New games are installed every 6-8 weeks keeping the games new and interesting.

 

# 2 is Revolution.

This game is used to teach students about the American Revolution from the basic level.  Revolution is very interactive, and gives students a real-world view of the Revolution.

 

# 3 is River City.

River City is a virtual environment where students are taught to understand the scientific method through working together and inquiry.  It helps students appreciate history and learn about environmental issues.  The only drawback is it can only be obtained by disk through the mail and mailed to a teacher.  Worth it though.

 

# 4 is Quest Atlantis.

Quest Atlantis helps students explore and understand environmental issues, current events, scientific discovery, and social studies based in a virtual reality.  Quest Atlantis promotes collaboration between students.  There is a guest area where the Quest Atlantis universe can be explored, but full access requires that teachers contact the team.  You can find Quest Atlantis here: http://questatlantis.org

 

# 5 is SimCity.

This game has been around a long time, but is still teaching students how real life works in a city.  The students build a city and then have to deal with how it was built.  This game teaches urban management and budgets and their results.  You can find the classic SimCity here:  http://simcity.com
If you search for “Free Educational Games” in Google, you’ll find hundreds of thousands of games.  If you search for “Top 5 Free Education Games” you will still come up with hundreds of thousands, and each site you visit will name different games.  By using Seattle retirement home residents and high school students, we got a wide range of ages and abilities.  We also got a surprising consensus of what adults/young adults would enjoy in an educational game.  So, no matter your age or ability, these are the Top 5 Free Educational Games.  Enjoy.

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