By now you've probably read the research on Game Based Learning and know that studies have shown it to be an effective way to motivate students to learn.  Check out these latest games available on-line:

Make Decisions to Broker Peace in the Middle East - Innovative teachers are exposing students to serious social issues through computer games such as PeaceMaker, a simulation of the Middle East peace process. In fact, students have to win PeaceMaker twice—once while playing as the Israeli prime minister and once as the Palestinian president. In both cases, students must respond to a rapidly evolving political situation by choosing which actions—building settlements, launching rockets, making speeches—are most likely to broker peace. Play the demo and watch the trailer online. Click Here to Play PeaceMaker Demo


Frame Complicated Issues As Personal Quests - Makes You Think is a collection of socially positive games from the British game developer Red Redemption. Each Makes You Think game allows students to make discoveries about the subject while they play. For example, in the Climate Challenge game, students take the “hot seat” to guide Europe through the 21st century, making tough choices that could make the difference between a safe or dangerous future for humanity. Will their ideas save the planet, or will they get voted out of power?Click Here to Play Climate Challenge Game


Plus: Energy waste in the office is a major cause of carbon dioxide emissions. In the Trouble Shooter! game, students have 90 seconds to go through a typical office and turn off machines that are not being used or are wasting energy. But they need to be careful not to turn off things people are using, or they will lose commonsense points.Click Here to Play Trouble Shooter Game

Step into the Shoes of a Teen-Aged Immigrant - Last year, Breakthrough, a human rights nonprofit group, rolled out a game called ICED (I Can End Deportation), for teenagers. In the game, students role-play an immigrant teen trying to earn citizenship. Even players who attempt to avoid trouble with the law can be sent to an immigration detention center for minor infractions—a possibility confronted by legal as well as illegal U.S. immigrants. As a result, game play can feel arbitrary, frustrating or even frightening; players sent to solitary confinement find themselves staring at a black screen. That’s intentional—to give the player a sense of the kinds of constraints that immigrant youth have to live under. To make sure the game accurately reflects these concerns, 100 high school students—many of them undocumented immigrants—participated in the game’s creation, helping come up with everything from the characters to the backdrop concepts. Click Here to Play ICED Game