45 Fun Brain Teasers for Kids [With Answers]

Sometimes keeping your students engaged during a (long) school day feels like a losing battle. How do you gain their full attention while teaching the skills they need to succeed? How do you turn tough and intimidating concepts into fun, entertaining lessons that actually spark life in the classroom? 

Brain teasers for kids are a great form of game-based learning that not only entertain children, but also inspire some creative thought in the classroom. People of all ages can indulge in these playful — yet challenging — activities.

We’ve gathered 45 examples of brain teasers for kids with answers, organized by category:

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5 Easy Steps for Gamification in Education

Let’s assume you already know the “whys” behind gamification in education: why it works, why it’s backed by research, and why so many teachers love it.

Now, let’s focus on the next step: how to gamify your classroom.

While there are a range of different methods and opinions on the best ways to do it, we’ve performed the research and broken down five actionable steps to gamify education. 

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25 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [+ Downloadable List]

Although many technology-based teaching methods and resources effectively engage students and build their skills, many educators encounter difficulties when using technology in the classroom.

Maybe a specific platform is too hard to introduce. Or maybe it won’t run on your devices. Despite the challenges, you likely want to enjoy the benefits that education technology can deliver.

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20 Engaging, Skill-Building Math Games for Kids [1st to 8th Grade]

Playing math games has emerged as a way to make class engaging, but you must ensure these activities build skills and reinforce lesson content.

Just like there are many helpful math websites, there are online and offline games suited for this job. They can act as customizable entry and exit tickets, as well as mid-class activities.

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The Ultimate Guide to Adaptive Learning Technology

As the popularity of adaptive learning technology booms, a growing number of school leaders face unique challenges when introducing a given adaptive learning program at the school or district level.

For the savvy school admin, questions about adaptive learning technology abound: how should teachers be trained? How much does it cost? And, of course, how should a tool be selected — with the huge variety of games, products, and software vying for your attention?

To address such questions, below is a guide to adaptive learning technology that provides implementation strategies. It also includes a definition, benefits, examples and a downloadable list of implementation tips.

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5 Steps to Implementing Game-Based Learning

5 Steps to Implementing Game-Based Learning in the Classroom [+ Game Examples & Downloadable Guide]

Many teachers struggle to smoothly incorporate games into lessons due to time and logistical issues, yet see game-based learning (GBL) as a way to engage students and appeal to diverse learning styles.

Research has continuously shown such advantages. For example, video games stimulate an increase in midbrain dopamine to help store and recall information, according to a 2014 article in the journal of Learning, Media and Technology.

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How to Implement New Educational Technology in the Classroom - Monica Burns

How to Implement New EdTech in the Classroom [Monica Burns Interview]

As educators look to teach and engage students using EdTech (educational technology), many turn to Monica Burns.

The Apple Distinguished Educator and founder of Class Tech Tips left teaching in New York to become a technology and curriculum consultant.

It’s been three years since she started her new career.

In that time, she has consulted at schools across the world and presented at conferences such as SXSWedu and EduTech. She also became a published author, writing about how to use QR codes and scannable technology in the classroom.

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