What is the best educational video game? The question has many response options and thousands of examples that you can find in thousands of web pages and search engines. The solution to this question goes through trial and error and, above all, through the experience as a player of your child.
In this list of educational video games, we show you notdoppler and also there are many options beyond the best sellers (Fortnite, Clash Royale, League of Legens …) and that they can be very useful in the educational section. Remember that, first of all, we are talking about complements to the educational field and that, therefore, the time of use should be controlled by parents and educators.
1- Minecraft Edu
The success of Minecraft is undeniable in the academic field. Although it was not born as an educational video game, the Minecraft community already comprises more than 100 million users. This fact has caused a special version of Minecraft for Education has been launched. What are the advantages of Minecraft in the educational field? The block-based construction game allows you to stimulate your creativity, learn basic programming issues, dimensions and space organization, collaborative work … If your operating system is Windows, you can download the latest version of Minecraft Education at this link. If you are an iOS user, download Minecraft Education from the Apple Store here.
In the same way, the main manufacturers of video consoles have editions of Minecraft, in its standard version, which also has an important educational value.
2- Dragon Box
Dragon Box is an educational video game specially indicated for the classroom with which students can learn in a fun way math and algebra concepts. The mathematical games proposed by Dragon Box are available both for the classroom (access to the Educators version), and for the user, through the download of their applications (they are not free) and they are divided into applications to learn mathematics from 4 to 9 years and, another block, for school children from 9 years old.
3- SimCity Edu
SimCity is another video game that has delighted young and old for many years and also has an education version, called SimCity Edu that can be tested for free. What advantages does SimCity have for education? With this videogame, they learn to design cities, manage finances, understand how communications work and the basic infrastructures of a municipality, which can turn into a Smart City and learn to make decisions, as they become cyber mayors.
In the world of video game consoles, there is a version very similar to Simcity that is called Cities and that is available for the main brands. In this video, you can see the version for PlayStation 4
ClassDojo goes far beyond the basic functions of educational video games and becomes a curious system to connect teachers and students through fun avatars that, depending on how they behave in class, add points and improve in the ranking. In the same way, participation and involvement of students is encouraged through a gamification system that allows teachers to propose challenges and rewards associated with meeting objectives.
We close this list of educational videogames for the classroom with an online game to learn natural sciences. We are talking about Spore , an EA initiative that allows children to manage and check how living beings evolve from the smallest category (one cell) to become impressive living beings that, according to their care and the habitat in which they have grown, they will have one aspect or another. This game is paid but has a free trial.
6- Simple Machines
Within the section of educational video games that bet on the world of construction and its advantages for learning, Simple Machines is an online initiative developed by the Museum of Industry and Science of Chicago which you can access online. The objective of this game is to help a robot to build its world so it will be necessary to select in logical order the different pieces that we find in a space. You can access Simple Machines in this link.
7- Layton’s mysterious journey…
Focused on the world of video game consoles, there are numerous titles of educational video games, one of them is Layton’s mysterious journey: Arielle and the conspiracy of millionaires, available for Nintendo 3DS that focuses on solving puzzles and mysteries in which the mathematical and comprehension abilities of the youngest ones are put to the test. You can see a small demonstration video in here:
Are only some examples of educational video games for computer or video game consoles that can be very useful for the classroom or even as a gift for our children do you know any other title that is interesting and that we can include in this list?