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Physical Address
Natural Sciences Modular Unit (NS)
Room 1026
Watson College of Education
UNCW
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Video Game Reviews and Assessments

Video Game Reviews and Assessments are provided to assist parents and caregivers in finding off the shelf educational video games to fit their specific needs. Each game review describes game activities, explains which educational content and character traits the game develops, and gives a recommendation as to how the game should be used and whether or not it is appropriate for educational purposes. These reviews can be used to better help individuals meet their educational goals.

You can read game reviews by choosing a Game Title, viewing the games which are appropriate for specific Grade Levels, or choosing the type of Educational Content presented in each game.



Game Title Grade Level Educational Content
Align the Stars

Big Board Facts

Big Brain Academy

Big Wheel/Elementary

Bingo Card Generator

Break the Code

Buttons

Car Race with Questions

Cooking Mama: Cook Off

Cooking Mama World Kitchen

Cosmic Family

Countdown Clock

Dart Toss

Endless Ocean: Blue World

Finders Keepers Mine

Find Santa

Goal Kick Competition

Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs

Home Run Day

Horse Race

Math Play

The Maze

My Word Coach

100 Classic Books

Neighborhood Games

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Order Up

Pet Rescue

Printable Board Games

Race to Bethlehem

Racing Games

Science Papa

Simple Bowling

Space Rescue

Space Tac

Spelling Challenges & More

Story Hour Fairy Tales

Storybook Workshop

Turkey Gone

Welcome to Animal Crossing: City Folk

Wii Music

Wii Sports

Wild Earth:  African Safari

Pre-K thru Grade 5

Grades 6-12

Pre-K thru Grade 12

Art

Life Skills

Mathematics

Music

Physical Education

Reading

Science

Social Studies

Special Education

Vocational Studies

Game Titles

Align the Stars (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

The teacher asks questions and a student’s correct answer results in the chance to pick a star. The first team with a complete line of stars wins.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Teamwork

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

The game works well for any subject and encourages students to work collaboratively.

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Big Board Facts (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

The game allows educators to create their own game.  Questions difficultly and topics can vary.

Primary Grade Level:

Grade 6 through Grade 12

Educational Content:

Language Arts (English). American Studies. Science. Mathematics. Social Studies. History. Music. Health. Special Education.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

It saves team scores.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This software is very flexible. It allows for personalization. Teachers can stratify their questions and meet all learning needs within their classroom.

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Big Brain Academy (Nintendo)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Completing various computing identification, visualization, memory, and analyzation tests.
Primary Grade Level: Grade 6 through Grade 12
Educational Content: Life Skills, Mathematics, Special Education
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine motor skills, problem solving, spatial relationships, following directions, facial recognition.
Assessment Capability: Software is capable of saving and sending student records.
Brief Description/ Impressions of Software: These tasks are very engaging and could be used for a variety of purposes.  This could be used to increase speed or just improve ability to perform cognitive tasks.  Good instruction and practice, definitely recommended for educational purposes.
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Big Wheel/Elementary (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

This game allows the teacher to create a list of questions and use the software to choose the amount of points for each correct answer.  It uses a numbered wheel.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 12

Educational Content:

Language Arts (English). Science. Mathematics. History.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

Game keeps track of team points as the teacher inputs them.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

The game allows for the teacher to create his or her own game and allot points in a random fashion.

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Bingo Card Generator (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

This game allows the teacher to create their own bingo cards and print them.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Language Arts (English). ESL.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Honesty, Management, Self-Motivation.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

The software gives the teacher a standardized form for creating bingo cards.  

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Break the Code (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Student matches numbers and then answers a series of questions.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

Matching, Number Recognition.

Assessment Capability:

Correct answers allow students to advance while incorrect answers send them back to answer additional questions.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

Since this is a single student game, it could be used in a technology class where all students have computer access.  It could also be used as a reward for a student finishing class work.

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Buttons (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

The teacher inputs questions.  When the student answers them correctly, he or she can try and move through the maze with the mouse.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game is recommended for elementary school children.  It would be useful and enjoyable for test preparation.

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Car Race with Questions (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

This game allows for the teacher to create his or her own questions.  Each correct answer a team’s gives moves their game piece forward one spot.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Teamwork, Self-Motivation, Leadership.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

Correct answers move the car forward.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game would work well for younger students.  The teacher could use different types of questions, and the game promotes healthy competition, leadership, and teamwork.

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Cooking Mama:  Cook Off (Majesco)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Cooking in a virtual kitchen.
Primary Grade Level: Grade 6 through Grade 12
Educational Content: Life Skills
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine motor skills, following directions.
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The cooking is relatively realistic, and involves breaking eggs, kneading/rolling dough, etc.  It would be good for learning chopping/cooking techniques without hazards like getting burnt/cut.  Directions have multiple steps, requiring you to follow directions.  Recommended for educational purposes.
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Cooking Mama World Kitchen (Majesco)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Cooking international food in a virtual kitchen.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Life Skills
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine motor skills, following directions.
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The cooking is relatively realistic. It would be good for learning chopping, grinding, and slicing techniques without hazards like getting burnt/cut.  Directions have multiple steps, requiring you to follow directions.  Recommended for educational purposes.
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Cosmic Family (Ubisoft)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Imaginative discovery through non-competitive play. Helps children learn shapes and colors.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 5
Educational Content: Life Skills
Character Traits Demonstrated: Creativity
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Gross Motor Skills, Following Directions
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: This game has little educational value. It may be used to help children with special needs with identifying household items. Not recommended for educational purposes.
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Countdown Clock (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Not a game but a timer.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Any content

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Management

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

The timing method could be used for a variety of subjects to increase students’ speed at tasks while incorporating technology.

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Dart Toss (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students answer questions in teams. Correct answers are rewarded with a toss of the dart.  Students add total points on their own.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Teamwork, Self-Motivation, Leadership.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

Basic mathematics

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

Students are able to practice simple math skills by adding their points after each round. The game can be incorporated into any subject. 

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Endless Ocean: Blue World (Nintendo)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Ocean exploration
Primary Grade Level: Grade 6 through Grade 12
Educational Content: Science
Character Traits Demonstrated: Courage, Daring
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine motor skills
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The nature of the game is very sentimental and involves lots of reading.  It could be sued in a unit or lesson on oceanography to explore different sea-life. The game shows and provides descriptions of various fish and mammals. Recommended for educational purposes.
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Finders Keepers Mine (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students search for gems on the screen after correctly answering questions provided by the teacher.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation, Teamwork, Leadership.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This software would be good to motivate young students to participate. The content is dependent upon the teacher.   

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Find Santa (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students answer questions from the teacher. For each correct answer, they pick a square to see if Santa is hidden there.  The first team to find Santa wins.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Teamwork, Leadership, Self-Motivation.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game presents a way for the teacher to get students interactively involved in review sessions and incorporate technology. It would work best for younger students.  The teacher can chose content and questions.

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Goal Kick Competition (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students answer questions from the teacher as teams. Correct answers allow students to “kick” the soccer ball at the goal.  The team with the most goals wins.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation, Teamwork, Leadership.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

Basic mathematics

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

The ability to score a goal is random.  Incorporates technology into the classroom and allows the teacher to create questions from any content area.  

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Help Wanted:  50 Wacky Jobs (Hudson)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Saving the earth from a meteor by doing jobs to earn money.
Primary Grade Level: Grade 6 through Grade 12
Educational Content: Life Skills, Vocational Studies
Character Traits Demonstrated: Management, Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine motor skills, following directions
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: You spend more time in conversations than "working."  Learner may quickly lose interest.  Job time is very short.  Job battle would be enjoyable but doesn't last very long.  There is limited instruction.  Exploratory of vocations not terribly realistic, however the game could be used to discuss money management.  Not recommended for educational purposes.
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Home Run Day (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students answer questions from the teacher. Correct answers result in a chance to hit the ball. Result is a home run or an out. The team with the most home runs wins. 

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation, Teamwork, Leadership.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

Basic mathematics.

Assessment Capability:

The software keeps track of the number of home runs.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

The ability to hit a home run is random.  Incorporates technology into the classroom and allows the teacher to create questions from any content area.  

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Horse Race with Questions (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

This game allows for the teacher to create his or her own questions.  Each correct answer a team’s gives moves their game piece forward one spot.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Teamwork, Self-Motivation, Leadership.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

Correct answers move the horse forward.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game would work well for younger students.  The teacher could use different types of questions, and the game promotes healthy competition, leadership, and teamwork.

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Math Play (Nintendo)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Nintendo DS
Description of Game: This game uses equations to challenge the student’s basic math skills – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Mathematics
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:  
Assessment Capability: Software informs student if he or she was correct.  Difficulty increases after correctly completing tasks.  
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: This game would benefit an individual student or a student paired with an instructor.  It offers an interactive approach to math than effectively engages students.  Recommended for educational purposes.
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The Maze (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students answer questions input by the teacher. After correctly answering a series of questions, students navigate through mazes to save mice.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Creativity, Self-Motivation.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

Correct answers continue the game and allow student to reach the mazes.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game would be a good way to reward students.  It would be useful as a test review. 

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My Word Coach (Ubisoft)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Improves verbal skills through interactive activities and exercises involving word recognition, spelling challenges, and vocabulary definition.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Language Arts (English), Reading, Spelling.
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine and gross motor skills
Assessment Capability: Software requires students to correctly spell and identify words in order to advance.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: Students practice writing letters, defining vocabulary, and spelling various words.  Word difficulty varies so this could be used as an interactive teaching tool at any grade level. Recommended for educational purposes.
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Neighborhood Games (THQ)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Students participate in various neighborhood games.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Life Skills, Physical Education
Character Traits Demonstrated: n/a
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Gross motor skills, following instructions.
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: Could be used when the weather is too bad to play outdoors.  Games last a good length of time and are enjoyable, but have little educational value.  Could be used in PE classes and to teach sportsmanship.  However, some characters talk mild "trash."  This game is good for improving motor skills.  Recommended for educational purposes due to the possibility of improving motor skills.
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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Majesco)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: With aid from famous historical figures such as Teddy Roosevelt, Octavius, and Amelia Earhart, help the museum guard save the Smithsonian from Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon, Al Capone, and Egyptian ruler Kahmunrah before sunrise.
Primary Grade Level: Grade 6 through Grade 12
Educational Content: History
Character Traits Demonstrated: Courage, Management
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Problem-solving, following directions
Assessment Capability: Completing tasks assesses student completion.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The game is good for introducing students to historical figures and the action and assessments motivate students. Recommended for educational purposes.
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100 Classic Books (Harper Collins)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Nintendo DS
Description of Game: This game is a portable library of classic novels, plays, and short stories. 
Primary Grade Level: Grade 6 through Grade 12
Educational Content: Reading
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:  
Assessment Capability:  
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: This software combines 100 classics into a single game cartridge. This allows a teacher to have one or two students read from it during class. Students are used to the technology and may be more willing to read. Recommended for educational purposes.
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Order Up (Zoo Games)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: A game that teaches the aspects of food preparation and presentation. Also, teaches how to become a restaurant owner or chef.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Business, Careers, Life Skills
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation, Leadership
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine Motor Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Following Directions
Assessment Capability: Food must be cooked properly in order to advance.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The cooking is realistic.  There is also an emphasis on presentation. Learn lots of techniques without hazards like getting burnt/cut.  Directions have multiple steps, requiring you to follow directions.  Recommended for educational purposes.
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Pet Rescue (JumpStart)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Uses learning games to address basic life skills and earn gold stars.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 5
Educational Content: Life skills, Mathematics
Character Traits Demonstrated: Creativity
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine and gross motor skills, following directions, decision making.
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The game has good, colorful graphics and is very user friendly.  The game incorporates music, colors, counting, and reading.  Aspects in the game like the grocery store can be used in a math unit teaching counting.  The game also teaches basic skills, such as getting dressed, picking out clothes, feeding a pet, and shopping.  Recommended for educational purposes.
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Printable Board Games (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; printable.

Description of Game:

The game board templates come in four versions.  Students must correctly answer questions in order to advance and to reach the finish.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Any content

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

The templates allow educators to create their own questions for appropriate use within their classroom.  

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Race to Bethlehem (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students answer questions in teams in an effort to finish the race first. A correct answer moves the piece forward one spot.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Teamwork, Self-Motivation, Leadership.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

Correct answers move the game piece forward.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game can be adapted in different ways. Younger students might enjoy competing against one another in order to finish first. 

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Racing Games (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online;  downloadable

Description of Game:

Students progress through the game by correctly answering questions.  

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Any content

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

The placement of the student’s game piece shows how the student has progressed by correctly answering questions.    

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game would benefit an individual student or a student paired with an instructor.  It offers an interactive approach to math than effectively engages students. 

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Science Papa (Activision)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Conducting various science tasks.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Life Skills, Science
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine motor skills, following instructions.
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: This game uses complex vocabulary, provides limited instruction and there is little task variation.  You will have to complete the same tasks multiple times without progressing much in the game.  It could be used to simulate scientific experiments without exposing individuals to the hazards of a real laboratory.  However, this game is not recommended for educational purposes.
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Simple Bowling (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Teams are asked questions by the teacher.  After a correct answer, they roll the bowling ball and knock down pins.  Students add total pins are each roll.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 12

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions. Mathematics to calculate points.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

Correct answers give teams a chance to roll the bowling ball.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game would help students review for a test.  Knocking down a random number of pins does not uniformly reward students for correct answers.

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Space Rescue (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students answer questions input by the teacher.  They then navigate through increasingly difficult mazes.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 12

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Creativity, Self-Motivation.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

Following directions

Assessment Capability:

Student cannot continue through the game unless questions are answered correctly.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game is enjoyable and rewarding for students. It can be adapted to any subject in the classroom. 

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Space Tac (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students play tic tac toe as teams. After correctly answering a teacher’s question, they choose where to place their “X” or “O.”

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation, Teamwork, Leadership.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

The software keeps track of the number of correct answers and games won.

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

The game promotes teamwork and would benefit participation in test reviews. 

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Spelling Challenges and More (Crave Entertainment)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Nintendo DS
Description of Game: This game tests an individual’s ability to recall words, spell, and define words through various exercises. .
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Language Arts (English), Reading, Spelling.
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Memorization, Time Management
Assessment Capability: Software keeps track of correct and incorrect answers. 
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: This game would benefit students who have trouble with basic vocabulary and spelling.  It also stresses the use of time.  Recommended for educational purposes.
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Story Hour Fairy Tales (Zoo Games)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: The game recreates classic fairy tales with an interactive format.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 5
Educational Content: Reading
Character Traits Demonstrated: Creativity
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Gross motor skills, following instructions.
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: This would be great for younger students or those who have difficulty reading. The story is read alous as the words scroll. The interactivity appeals to different types of learners.  Recommended for educational purposes.
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Storybook Workshop (Konami)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Reading through 16 fairy tales and 4 sing-along songs.  You can either read and sing or allow the game to read and sing to you.  (Requires a microphone, which is included with the game)
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 5
Educational Content: Art, Music, Reading
Character Traits Demonstrated: Creativity
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: n/a
Assessment Capability: Game records your progress.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The graphics were well designed, however there was no exit option once the story or song is started.  The play and learn mode teaches shapes and numbers, and the Magic Voice Box alters your voice to match storybook characters.  Again, a microphone is required to enjoy the game, but it is included with purchase of "Storybook Workshop." Recommended for educational purposes.
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Turkey Gone (Dr. Ertzberger)

Market:

Education Based

Game Format:

Online; downloadable.

Description of Game:

Students answer questions from the teacher. For each correct answer, they pick a square to see if a turkey is hidden there.  The first student to find the turkey wins.

Primary Grade Level:

Pre-K through Grade 5

Educational Content:

Works for any field that allows the teacher to create questions.

Character Traits Demonstrated:

Self-Motivation.

Other Educational Areas Demonstrated:

NA

Assessment Capability:

NA

Brief Description/Impressions of Software:

This game presents a way for the teacher to get students interactively involved in review sessions and incorporate technology. It would work best for younger students.  

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Welcome to Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Establish a residence, meet friends, and design your home and clothes.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Life skills
Character Traits Demonstrated: Creativity
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Following directions
Assessment Capability: Must complete tasks (i.e. meet neighbors, buy a house) to advance to new tasks.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The game is not particularly educational or purpose-driven. Not recommended for educational purposes.
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Wii Music (Wii)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Playing music
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Music
Character Traits Demonstrated: Creativity
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Gross motor skills
Assessment Capability: Software saves student performance.  It also focuses on creativity over correctness.  Musical techniques – harmony, pitch, tune identification, and construction – advance in levels.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: This game is fun and could be used in a music class to introduce younger students to instruments that are not readily accessible.  It would be good for learning to keep time (tempo).  It also teaches musical vocabulary and different parts of songs and instruments. Recommended for educational purposes due to the possibility of improving motor skills.
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Wii Sports (Nintendo)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game (Included with the purchase of a Wii console)
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Simulated sports.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Life Skills, Physical Education
Character Traits Demonstrated: Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Fine and gross motor skills, following directions.
Assessment Capability: No assessment capability.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: The games are enjoyable and intuitive.  They can be used in lieu of outside play or to teach basic rules and strategies of the game prior to actual play, or to avoid hazards.  However, it has little educational value other than that.  Recommendation would depend on what you hope to accomplish, but can be useful for physical education purposes to improve motor skills.
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Wild Earth:  African Safari (Majesco)

Market: Off the Shelf Video Game
Game Format: Wii
Description of Game: Safari across Africa and take photos of animals.
Primary Grade Level: Pre-K through Grade 12
Educational Content: Social Studies
Character Traits Demonstrated: Creativity, Management, Self-Motivation
Other Educational Areas Demonstrated: Problem solving
Assessment Capability: Yes, because you must capture specific pictures.  The game keeps track of which photos you have captured.
Brief Description/Impressions of Software: Difficult to navigate, not recommended for educational purposes.

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Grade Level

Games Appropriate for Pre-K through Grade 5
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Games Appropriate for Grade 6 through Grade 12
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Games Appropriate for Pre-K through Grade 12
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Educational Content

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Life Skills (Click Title for Full Game Review)

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Music (Click Title for Full Game Review)

Physical Education (Click Title for Full Game Review)

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