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Educational Games

Use Game-Play to Engage Students

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Game-Based Learning

Using interactive games to facilitate learning in educational settings has a number of recognized benefits. For most students, games are highly engaging and motivating. Games provide real-time feedback and built-in goals that can motivate students to improve. In addition, students must make decisions as they play games, and they can see the results of those decisions right away and use that information to inform their next decisions.

Meaningful games embed educational content and require students to engage in a variety of 21st century skills in order to be successful. These games compel students to apply a variety of knowledge, skills, and strategies to solve problems. Such games provide a rich environment that promotes collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication.

Some of the games in this collection include companion educator guides for using game-play to explore specific subjects and topics with students.






Mobile Apps and Content

Find mobile-friendly content for BYOD and 1:1 classrooms.


MapMaker Interactive

Explore your world with map themes, data, and tools for customizing your map. Create maps and share them. This easy-to-use tool is great for getting started with interactive mapping and GIS and is now optimized for tablets.


Explore GeoStories

From port cities to the 80s, go on geographic explorations around the world with these fun interactive stories.

Create GeoStories

Author and embed GeoStories on your website with NatGeo Maps' GeoStories publishing platform.


Educator Guides

Challenge: Robots! Educator Guide

Use this educator guide to engage students in Grades 3-10 with Challenge: Robots! game in a variety of settings, both in and out of the classroom.

Plan It Green: The Big Switch Educator Guide

Find our educator guide for using game play to explore energy topics with middle school students.

The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom Educator Guide

Find an educator guide for using game-play to explore history with students in Grades 6-10.

Planet Food Educator Guide

Find an educator guide for using game-play to explore interdependence with students in Grades 6-10.

Giant Pandas: Into the Wild Educator Guide

Find an educator guide for using game-play to explore habitats and endangered species conservation with students in Grades K-6.

Global Closet Calculator Educator Guide

Use this educator guide to engage students in Grades 6-10 with the Global Closet Calculator interactive in a variety of settings, both in and out of the classroom.