Studies have proven over and over again that well designed video games are very powerful tools for learning. GameDesk, a nonprofit education ecosystem, created Educade to offer free game-based learning resources for teachers and families, to be used at home and at schools.
How to Use the Learning Resources in Educade
It is very easy to find exactly what you want in Educade. First you should know that you can choose from searching for teaching tools or lesson plans.
- Teaching Tools – These are the type of games or learning resources. It can be an app, a website, a simulation, a video, or a variety of other platforms. If you choose one of these, you will get a full description of the game or other tool and where to go to download or use it. Most families will want to use this option.
- Lesson Plans – Media rich lesson plans with detailed overviews, objectives, guides and everything a teacher might need, including the teaching tool involved, for a class on the topic that meets all standards. These are perfect for teachers that want to add game-based learning into their classes.
Searching for everything else is made very easy. At the top of the Educade page, you can choose a school subject, a school grade, and even the type of platform, such as browser, or operating system, or tablet or phone, etc.
You even get your own page, or backpack, as Educade calls it. This is where you can save your game-based learning resources. Educade is a community and there is a place for comments on all the lesson plans. You can even share your own lesson plans.
“GameDesk is a transformative 501(c)(3) nonprofit education ecosystem with a mission to develop the next generation model of education, revolutionizing the way students learn by embedding academic content and assessment into hands-on experiences, digital games, and simulations.” In addition to Educade, their other major initiatives are:
- Game Desk Studios – Creates interactive learning technologies
- PlayMaker School – Next generation school that empowers students to learn through playing, making, and discovery-based education.
- Game Desk Institute – Transforming the educational landscape through research, professional development, at-risk outreach, and playful teaching tools.
Whether you are a teacher, parent or a student, I highly recommend you check out Educade and take advantage of the FREE learning resources being offered. I am truly a believer in game-based learning. See for yourself. And parents, it is a good idea for you to use these tools with your kids. Games can be one of the best bonding experiences.