A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site is essentially a comprehensive directory of hundreds ofchildren's educational games. It can be daunting to search out educationalgames across the vast worldwide Web, so this site does the legwork for parentsand kids and acts as a giant, organized glossary that categorizes and ratesgames that have educational value.
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What's it about?
In Italian, "ramo" meansbranch. In the thick, overgrown forest that is the worldwide Web, it's helpfulto have someone point out the exact thing you're looking for. RAMOGAMES acts as your forest ranger, organizing and categorizing hundredsof online games that have educational components. Though the site does create theoccasional game of its own, it's primarily an online directory that lets kids,parents, and educators locate games they're interested in. Individual games areorganized according to category, and visitors will find nearly every educationalcategory imaginable, from addition and astronomy to geometry and geography -- and everything in between. There's even a category devoted solely to iPhonegames. Search any category, and the site will show you a handful of games totry. A quick search of "History," for instance, brings up a dozen different linksto games that challenge kids' knowledge of history.
Is it any good?
Parents, kids, and teacherswill find much to appreciate at RamoGames. It's a well-organized sitethat simplifies the search process, and its clear format makes it easy to sort throughthe 40+ categories and find educational games. Categories range from simplesubjects such as Counting and Animals to the more complex and involved(i.e. Japanese, Chemistry, and Life.
Users -- parents and kids -- are asked to rate eachgame on a scale of 1-5 stars and post comments about that particular title.This proves to be extremely useful information. One suggestion for improvement: a search function that enables visitors to search by age in addition tocategory.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why online(and even iPhone) games are more than just entertainment. How can playing gameshelp reinforce the lessons kids are learning in school? Why is it moreenjoyable to learn about geography or fractions through a game rather thanthrough a textbook or classroom?
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