Educational Video Games Created by Local Teachers and Students
Educational computer games, created by students and
teachers, available online
TOWSON, MD— Dozens of educational computer games, created by Baltimore
County Public Schools’ students and teachers, are available online. The fun and
interactive learning experiences cover a wide range of topics including
chemistry, calculus, basic math, Spanish language, geology, biology, business
management, and genetics.
Student-created games are available at http://tinyurl.com/6we552y,
and both teacher- and student- created games can be found at http://tinyurl.com/7ek8t4f. More games
will be added as they are developed.
The games were created through Baltimore County Public Schools’ Learning in
Virtual Environments initiative (Project L.i.V.E.), coordinated by the school
system’s Department of Technology.
Most of the online games resulted from teachers engaging in Project L.i.V.E.
professional development workshops to learn how to incorporate gaming concepts
into their classrooms. Some of the online games were developed through an
annual Project L.i.V.E. contest to challenge students to develop concepts for
educational games based on BCPS’ curriculum. Winning concepts are then transformed
into games in partnership with higher education and industry partners.
In addition to these activities, Project L.i.V.E. also consists of an
internationally renowned virtual learning arena and lab for students at
Chesapeake High School, a research design model that measures the effects of
gaming on student achievement, and a three-dimensional Virtual High School
“Through Project L.i.V.E., BCPS is advancing learning through the direct
development of games and virtual environments based on our curriculum,” said
Daniel Scroggs, BCPS’ manager of Virtual Learning/Special Projects and
Administrative Technology Support. “By working from curriculum, we can address
the most challenging needs of teachers and provide interactive experiences that
are far more immersive than any text and that draw in today's students with
Michelle Hohman, a Grade 6 science team leader and technology liaison at Golden
Ring Middle School, concurs. She participated in two Project L.i.V.E. workshops
this summer. “I think that teaching teachers to make games is an
enormously useful endeavor that will truly benefit our students!” she wrote.
“My students are going to absolutely love the games I've made for this year;
and because I've made the games myself, I know exactly how to incorporate them
to ensure the greatest impact on their learning. “