Resources for Parents

Every day, we hear from parents who believe that games might help them cultivate habits of lifelong learning and prepare the next generation of engaged citizens. Parents want to know:

  • “What are my kids learning from the games they play?”
  • “Why and how should I support my child’s interest in game design?”
  • “How do schools and other places of learning use games, and what benefits do they see as a result?” 
To help answer these questions, and support parents who want to use games to engage their kids in learning outside of school, we’ve designed a number of tools and resources, which you can learn more about below.

Games As… Guide

Let these infographics be your guide to how, why, when and where games can be used to support learning.

Browse and download the Games As Guide.

Playmakers: Case Studies on Games & Learning

This series of videos might inspire you with stories about the experiences and innovations that are changing the way we think about learning in the 21st century.

Watch the videos on Playmakers.

Playforce: Learning from the Games We Play

Get the lowdown on who learns what from which games by browsing a database of player perspectives in this community dedicated to discovering and sharing learning experiences in games. Or challenge your kids to think critically and articulate what they learn from games by adding their perspectives to the site.

Join Playforce, currently in open beta.

Gamekit: Game Design Challenges for Teens

Help aspiring teen game designers hone their skills as designers, developers, critical problem-solvers and systems thinkers with these self-directed design challenges created and moderated by a community of professional game designers.

Visit Gamekit‘s beta site and start making games today.

Playtime Online Webinars

Connect live with the Institute’s teams and partners for panel discussions, Q&As, product demos, Office Hours, hands-on workshops and other interactive activities.

Learn about upcoming events or browse archived webinars on the Playtime Online homepage.

Gamestar Mechanic and Learning Guide

With Gamestar Mechanic, players learn the fundamentals of game design and systems thinking through an online adventure game. Download the free learning guide for lessons, activities, and other associated learning tools.