Arcademics! Cool FREE Online Educational Games.
I finally got around to trying out a great suite of FREE online educational games at Arcademics (www.arcademics.com). I saw them at this year's ISTE and had a few minutes to play with the site today. I must say I was really impressed!
The site contains a multitude of single and multi-player games categorized into a variety of topics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, algebra, fractions, money, time, and more! To start a game, users select a game, enter a username, and then either join an existing game or create a new one. If you create a new game you can select whether the game is "public" or "private." If it's private then players will need the password you create to join your game. To join, classmates simply go the site and select the same game. After entering a username they search for the game you started and enter the password. Then, you're all off the races!
My student interns and I tried several games. Most had a racing theme, but the "scenes" varied from racetrack to water to air. We were race car drivers, dolphins, otters, and even ducks! Even among these high school students and me, we had a great time with the games. In the hands of elementary students, I'm sure the fun would explode.
It's all free and very student safe. Students never enter any personal or identifying information. I can see our elementary teachers using Arcademics a lot next year!