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Educational Games--Geography  (compiled by Richard Byrne)

GameOn World -- a multiplayer geography game similar in structure to that of Kahoot; teacher selects a game category (cities, places, and timeline are three of the nine categories) and starts the game; students join the game by going to GameOn.World and entering a game pin. In the location and timeline games, students answer the questions by moving a placemark on a map or selecting a date on a timeline. In some of the other games students answer by choosing a number on a sliding scale.

WikiWhere -- a map-based trivia game; goal of the game = identify cities based on their descriptions from Wikipedia entries. You can get up to three clues before you have to answer by clicking on the map to identify the city that you think is described by the excerpts. When you click on the map you'll be shown the correct answer and how far away you were from the correct answer.

Outline Maps offers a free set of geography games. The site contains games about Africa, South America, Europe, the United States, and the world. There are two basic types of games on the site. The first type, "find by name," displays a state, country, or city name and you have to click the map to identify that place. The second type of game, "find by feature," highlights a location and you have to type the name of the highlighted location.

GeoGuessr shows you a Google Street View image and a clue to try to guess where in the world the imagery was captured. Playing GeoGuessr is a fun way to get students to look at all of the visual and text clues they have in order to form a good guess as to where in the world they think the imagery came from.

Quizzity is an online geography game that uses a familiar concept. Quizzity presents you with the name of a city and you have to click on the map where you think that city is in the world. Quizzity quizzes you on cities all over the world. To increase the accuracy of your guesses you should zoom-in on a region before clicking the map. Each round of Quizzity presents you with six city names. Points are awarded for accuracy and speed.

Spacehopper is a game based on Google Maps Street View imagery. Spacehopper shows you a Street View image and you have to guess where in the world the image was captured. You can click the clue button to have the country identified before making a guess. After three incorrect guesses the correct answer will be revealed to you. You can play Spacehopper on a global level or you can specify that you only want to see images from a particular continent.

Smarty Pins is a Google Maps game develop by Google. Smarty Pins presents players with a trivia question that they have to answer by placing a pin on a map. Players earn "miles" for correctly placing a pin on the map. Players can lose miles for answering incorrectly and or taking too long to answer. Games are available in five categories; arts & culture, science & geography, sports & games, entertainment, and history & current events.

Capital Toss is a free geography game from ABCya. The game has a state capitals mode and a country capitals mode. In both modes of the game works the same way. The name of a state or country appears at the bottom of the screen and three rows of capital names scroll across the top. When the correct capital name appears players virtually toss a ball at it. After ten correct answers players can choose a new ball. Three consecutive incorrect answers ends the game.

City-Guesser is a challenging map-based game. The game shows you a section of a map centered over a city. The labels are removed from the map so you have to guess the city's name based on other clues like bodies of water and orientation. City-Guesser gives you four answer choices to choose from. If you choose correctly, you move to the next level. If you choose incorrectly, the game is over and you have to start again from the beginning.
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Online Educational Games

Trace Effects <http://americanenglish.state.gov/trace-effects> -- created Nov. 2012; a video game for learning American English and culture; interactive 3-D multimedia learning adventures; geared for players aged 12-16; gamers interact and solve puzzles in a virtual world filled with diverse English-speaking characters; students take a dynamic journey through the United States, traveling to cultural locations like Kansas, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.; see video (1:43 min)

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Quiz Games

Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizalize, Triventy, Socrative, Quizlet Live -- comparison chart of different features of six popular quiz game tools

Jeopardy -- BYOJeopardy -- build your own Jeopardy game/quiz; Web-based; includes a WYSIWYG editor; media files (".mov and *.wmf) can be included (link contributed by Christina Mager, 10/12/2011); also see downloads of PowerPoint templates for various games at http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/ and http://www.internet4classrooms.com/technology_tutorials/powerpoint_game_templates_technology_tutorials.htm
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Game-based Activities

bab.la games -- includesgames like Hangman, Memorize, Match It! Homonym and Homophone Jokes; also includes bilingual dictionaries, quizzes, and more

Grammar Ninja -- a game to practice parts of the speech

Road to Grammar -- quizzes, games for grammar with feedback and explanations

Free Rice  -- a game to find the right definitions of the given words

Grammar Practice Park -- different games on different parts of the grammar

Fun English Games -- free interactive exercises and practice activities

British Council's Grammar Games -- grammar games to practice English with word order games, gap fill games

TEFL/TESL Games and Activities Directory <http://www.teachenglishinasia.net/tefl-tesl-games-and-activities-directory>  -- classifications of games and activities by grade level (adult, high/middle/elementary school) and area (grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading, spelling, speaking, writing, alphabet), provided by Teach English in Asia

ESL: Games <http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Games/> -- includes crossword puzzles, hangman, vocabulary, other

Cram <http://www.cram.com/> --  use pre-made flashcards or create your own slide show of flashcards, with definitions on the back side (flip); then create memory exercises/games, print, and/or download (export) them; available for several languages

Elementary School ESL EFL Games <http://www.genkienglish.net/games.htm>

CGI Hangman Games for ESL Students  <http://www.manythings.org/hm/>  -- by Charles Kelly

Board game templates (from the ESL Lounge) <http://www.esl-lounge.com/board_gamesindex.html> Create your own board game with these templates for use with any vocabulary or grammar point or issue. The site includes a pre-made board game for Present Perfect, a Symbols board game that can have students doing different activities when they land on particular symbols, as well as cues for various games (Present Simple Question Cards for Symbols Board Game., Zero, First and Second Conditional, Like, Is Like, Look Like, You Don't Say!!!, Draw It!!!)

WordMania Game Online <http://gamesdreams.com/showthread.php?109835-Play-Wordmania-Game-Online> -- WordMania is a fun and challenging, Web enabled word game for all ages. The power of the WordMania is that it allows the player to play with words that are taken from any web site in the world or from his own PC.

Activities for ESL Students <http://a4esl.org/> -- This web site has over 1,000 activities to help you study English as a Second Language.

Animal Guessing Game <http://efsa.sourceforge.net/archive/bielak/animal_guess.htm

Interactive WWW Games <http://scv.bu.edu/Games/games.html

Word Games and Puzzles <http://www.literacynet.org/vtd/Puzzles.html> -- Scrambled sentences, health idioms, intermediate level. Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.

Crossword Fun (Alpha Dictionary) <http://www.alphadictionary.com/fun/puzzles.html> -- different topics and languages

ESLGAMES.com <http://www.eslgames.com> -- Language through games.

Ernie's Activity Page <http://www.lingolex.com/userpages/Ernie.html> -- Activities and games in language classroom

See-n-Solve <http://www.mysterynet.com/see/> -- Interactive crime scene mystery detective game


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