In most school computer labs, there is blanket rule against computer games. It is sometimes so serious that if a student is found playing games in the lab, they could be expelled from that room for the rest of the term. Unfortunately, some teachers have inherited this ideology without even giving it second thought. But truth be told, not all games are bad. In fact some games are a must have for any school computer lab if you are to help kids sharpen their brains and improve finger dexterity.
In this article, I share with you juts 5 simple games that could be f help to your students in the computer lab. You can also download the entire pack here at a small fee.
In this game, you are supposed to drop the egg in a basket that is moving. This game teaches you how to concentrate and click only when necessary. It is a good drill to develop clicking skills especially for absolute beginners.
This is another clicking game where blocks are covered but in pairs. You click on one block and have to find its twin as as fast as possible. At the end of the game it shows you how fast you cleared the entire block.
Missionaries vs. Cannibals
This is a logic game where you are supposed to make sure all the missionaries and cannibals safely cross a river. Leaving more cannibals with a missionary is bad news for that missionary.
This is a vocabulary game that will help learners develop their vocabulary. You can either play against the computer or a fellow student. Playing against the computer has several levels of difficulty.
The game of Zuma is captivating especially for young ones. You are supposed to put 3 balls of the same colour to blow them up as they move. It has to be done fast enough so that the line of balls doesn not enter a hole at the end which ends the game.
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Off course there are hundreds of learner friendly games out there to choose from. These are just 5 of those that I installed on the computers of E-zone Internet Cafe. Do you know a game worth installing in a school computer lab? Share in the comments section below.
Stephen Dumba is the coordinator of the ICT Teachers’ Association of Uganda for Central region and team lead of the ITAU EdTech project. Besides teaching ICT, he repairs computers and designs websites. Steve is a speaker and facilitator at tech events and ICT workshops for students, teachers and school leaders. He is a Director at E-zone School of Computing, E-zone Web Services, CEO of senior1.org and a consultant on education technology.
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