Playtime Online: 5 Games Your Middle Schooler Should be Playing


Games discussed: DragonBox, Scribblenauts, Portal 2, Gamestar Mechanic, Minecraft

About This Episode

This month, we’re launching a series of projects in collaboration with WISE — the World Innovation Summit for Education — at its annual conference in Doha, Qatar. One project coming out of this collaboration is the Learning Games Playlist, a list of 55 games or game-like learning tools from around the world with the most potential to educate, engage, and empower players.

Join us live for Playtime Online on Wednesday, October 23 at 5pm ET as we share some of the research from the Learning Games Playlist, and explore 5 powerful learning games that we’re sure your students won’t want to miss out on!

A panel of experts will discuss how to identify the best games for learning, what these 5 exemplary games can teach us about the design of effective learning experiences, and how you can implement these games in your classroom, home, or afterschool program.


  1. Posted October 10, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Having done a great deal of work using games as learning environments both in and out of school, I’m very curious as to what games are in your line-up as well as your vision for how they can be used as educational tools.

  2. Posted October 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I, too am intrigued having used eLearning tools since Random Living Books, Scientific Learning, BBC’s Connections, Myst and Civilization appeared. I look forward to seeing the games that you suggest and hearing the discussion.

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Uma Menon
Uma is the software developer manager at Institute of Play. She has been building simulation games in roles varying from R&D engineer to Tech Lead to Art and Engineering Manager for over a decade, including leadership roles on the Sims team at EA. Over the past year, Uma has focused on online learning and search applications. Educational games are the sweet intersection of her skills and passion.

Liza Stark
Liza is a game designer at Quest to Learn's Mission Lab, where she designs and supports game-like learning materials and activities. With a deep interest in the intersection of learning, making, and games, Liza teaches in the MFADT program at Parsons The New School for Design. She has led numerous soft circuit and computational craft workshops for a range of ages and skill levels.

Brendon Trombley
Brendon is a game designer at Quest to Learn's Mission Lab, where he designs game-based learning materials and experiences. On the side, Brendon creates and plays "big" games such as new sports, field games, and street games. He is currently engaged in the movement to popularize Chamball, a new sport described as “dodgeball meets martial arts”.