Website Review

ABCya!

Tons of options, though pesky ads can annoy

  • Dozens of games to choose from in a variety of subject areas.

  • Easy to find your grade level, hard to avoid all the ads.

  • Arcade-style games even include at least a bit of learning.

  • As grade levels increase, so does the level of challenge in games.

  • Multiplayer games add to the fun.

Review
Pros: Students can find the games they want in a snap.
Cons: Too many ads and they're not always appropriate.
Bottom Line: Core subject skills can improve at school or home.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Dozens of games are organized by grade level and subject, so they're easy for kids to get to and use. The ads are a pain, especially on the home page, but once kids get to a game page it's not as bad.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Kids learn anything from typing and math to spelling and matching. They can choose multiplayer games, too, to get the zing of competition. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

You get written instructions with each game, and sometimes audio instructions, too. Some of the games keep point totals, but you can't track the total number of games a kid has played, or any of the kid's other progress data.

Our Review
What's It Like?

ABCya! is a free educational games website that's organized by grade level and subject area. It's easy for kids to use, with a bit of help from teachers, and has tons of games. Kindergartners through fifth graders choose their grade levels. Then, on each grade-level page, they can read a synopsis of the subjects, such as Letters, Numbers, More (Shapes, Patterns, Geometry, Mouse Manipulation, and Art), Holiday, or Just for Fun. Next, they tap on a game that looks fun and read the instructions. Teachers might have to help out here -- some instructions are complicated.

Some games include grade levels, so kids might have to choose their grade levels again. Also, a few games are multiplayer, so kids will need to create usernames to play. A passcode can be set so only kids in the same class or friends with the passcode can access the same game.

Standout Games:

  • "Math Man Jr. Addition and Subtraction": Solve equations by eating the ghost with the correct number in this Pac-Man-style arcade game.
  • "Word Search Creator": Make your own word search by entering a custom word list. Play on the computer or print it out!
  • "Multiplication Grand Prix": The winner in this auto race is whoever answers multiplication facts the fastest.
Is It Good For Learning?

Students might need to use the computer's arrow keys, the mouse, or the full keyboard, which is good computer practice. For some games, teachers will definitely need to help out by reading the instructions, but most games -- even the ones for the youngest kids -- are easy to grasp, and students should be able to get around the site and play most of the games on their own.

Overall, this is a pretty useful and easy-to-use site full of fun games for different grade levels and subjects. The MMOGS might be the most fun: Kids can play racing games against each other, either publicly or with friends (they'd enter a passcode to keep it private).

How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can have students use the site during free time, and teachers might recommend it to parents as a great, and safe, alternative to TV. But gosh, so many ads! Each game has one or two banner ads that are supposed to be appropriate for kids, but teachers and students can report inappropriate ones to site administrators.

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