Habitactics is an iOS app from Touch Press that introduces students to wild animal and science facts as they solve Match-3–style puzzles. Students travel the world to explore different environments, including the deserts of the Sahara, the rainforests of South America, and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. To solve the puzzles, students must control predators, prey, and even fungi, while learning how different species affect one another and the success of the ecosystem. Students will gain a better understanding of the food chain, the dynamism of animal populations, and ways other changes to the environment affect animal populations. Costs:Free, with optional in-app purchases
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of
digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM
resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned
to the most in February.
While educators use a variety of games in the classroom for learning, similar game-based approaches are increasingly finding places outside of the classroom among adults who are responsible for and concerned about education. Budget Hold ’Em from Education Resource Strategies (ERS), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, is one such game.
Community in Crisis is a story-based literacy game in which students take on the role of director of a community center dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. In that role, students will need to work with their staff to prioritize relief efforts to best serve individuals and the community as a whole.