Games I Use At School

Recommendations by Herr Rau (München, Germany)

I teach German, English and Computer Sciences and find IF useful in all subjects.

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1. Allein mit Kai
by Ingo Scharmann and Joana Markus
(2010)
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

Herr Rau says:

In German. Very useful as intro, funny and satisfyingly easy at first. Later it becomes a little bit too difficult for beginners.

2. Lost Pig
by Admiral Jota
(2007)
Average member rating: (422 ratings)

3. Zork I
by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
(1980)
Average member rating: (190 ratings)

Herr Rau says:

I've got a worksheet for this, introducing the concepts, some vocabulary exercise. It covers only the very beginnging, but I do like the shouts in the classroom of "Hey, how do I get past the troll?"

4. Don't Pee Yourself!, by Hulk Handsome (2011)
Average member rating: (19 ratings)
Herr Rau says:

I like this, because it is simple (not a game, really) and introduces the concept of abstraction - how "use toilet" can be, but usually isn't broken down into component actions. Because usually, students start with high-level commands such as "find the hidden treasure", which don't usually work.


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