Looking for games for your classroom? Check out Games for Good.
While searching on Twitter, I came across an awesome educational gaming site called Games for Good that I wanted to share with all of you. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.
If you plan on using a game in your classroom, why not use one with a positive message? Games for Good is exactly what it sounds like. Games for Good is from a company dedicated to promoting games that promote making a humanitarian difference. The idea behind it is that, through game playing, the student learns a positive message. They have games that tackle current issues, games focused on learning from the past, and games that just teach good life lessons in general. I found this site thanks to SimpleK12's own Shelly Terrell, who shared it on her personal Twitter account.
My main concern I had after learning about this company was, are these games fun or do they get too caught up in their message? The company understands the point of a game is to have fun, not just preach a message, and they stress this fact. To help you sort out which games people enjoy playing (and learning from), they included user reviews for every game. All of the games I selected to test out were free, so you can test them out before making a commitment to using them in your lesson plans.
Have you ever used Games for Good? What do you think of it? Which games did you like the best?
Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.