Let’s face it. Sometimes learning is a chore. It doesn’t have to be! Learning can be fun, interactive, and engaging when you think outside the workbook lesson and apply lessons in a new format other than just on paper
While some students love reading, others love hands-on activities, and still others love hearing what they are learning. To appeal to all learning styles, teachers sometimes add activities to liven up the classroom. In fact, many students and teachers have started to utilize the Internet and free online learning games to help relay concepts.
Here are some fun sites to check out (no matter if you’re a student or a teacher):
Funbrain.com – the #1 site for online educational games for kids of all ages. Check out math, grammar, science, spelling, history, and reading games!
Learninggamesforkids.com – filled with colorful, educational games from animal varieties and state capitals to math flash cards and keyboard typing.
Scholastic.com– fun web and whiteboard activities for all grades and subjects. Try interactive phonics readings, poetry rhymes, meet past inventors, or dinosaur fact digging!
Thekidzpage.com – fun online (or printable) learning games. Check out interactive games on topics like decimals points, subtraction, memorization, and Sudoku.
Pbskids.org – learning games that include characters like Elmo, Curious George, and Clifford the Big Red Dog! Elementary games teach addition, colors, counting, and spelling along with basic computer skills.
No matter what grade level or subject area you’re looking for, chances are you can likely find a fun online learning game to help teach concepts. “Edutainment,” the combination of education and entertainment, has been exploding in growth as even younger and younger children go online.
Online games are so popular that they account for 9.8% of American’s total online user activity, second only to social media and blogging.*
What better way to help teach online students new concepts than with interactive games? Teachers and students alike have the ability to grow learning to new heights with the involvement of games technology in class and outside of class, too.
What online learning game do you like to play?
*State of the Media: The Social Media Report Q3 2011, by Neilsen and NM Incite, 2011.