The ads embedded in *every single game* make classroom application difficult, unless kids are directed to stay on one game and not explore. Considering the basic nature of most of these games, you will likely get resistance to this requirement. Another option is to give kids a list of math game resources for play at home emphasizing game collection sites with no ads, or at least fewer and especially not video ads or data collection activities (see About page). Yet another possibility is to load up and project a game before school or during a break and then play it as a whole class as a way to introduce gameplay, build enthusiasm, and explore process and concepts.

GoGo Math Games is a free website featuring lots of math games for younger students. Mostly elementary-level games are organized by topics like integers, geometry, logic, maze, and simulation. An About page claims there are several thousand games in its network, but only 180 titles are apparent on the site. Click on a game and the play screen will pop up; read the instructions and begin playing. The home page view places ads front and center; views by topic are better, but it can still be hard to tell ads from game menus. Video ads precede every new game load and cannot be skipped until about two-thirds through, if at all.

Continue readingWhen the ads and videos end, the learning begins: Most games allow for easy repetition, give immediate feedback, and facilitate learning through successful attempts as well as failed ones. Through exploration of game function and statistics, and very little textual support or tutorial, kids will figure out rules, requirements, and ways to be successful. Kids can learn fluency in calculations, thinking skills, time management, and efficient work habits.

"Counting Sheep" gives early grades practice tracking, counting, and reporting adorable critters. "MathCopter" flies kids into equivalent fraction fluency. "Factory Balls" puts kids in the manufacturer's seat practicing sequential thinking and concepts of negative space, and "Melius Math" hones quick calculations for multiples of 5. But, boy, the *ads*. Their constant, distracting presence is really problematic and gives the site a whole different tone -- not so much focused on learning. It's a good collection with a flexible and accessible layout spoiled by overwhelming video, dynamic ads, and behavioral data collection.