ABCYa! is a website that has an array of educational games and activities for pre-k to 5th grade students. It was created for teachers by Alan Tortolani, a teacher who was trying to find quality educational online games for his students. ABCYa! has hundreds of games (organized by grade and subject) to choose from. ABCYa! also offers game templates so if you want to students to solve a word search puzzle with your own vocabulary or high frequency words you may do so! Games can be played with a keyboard or mouse. Students can draw, spell, or write depending on the game they play. ABCYa! is great for beginning readers. ABCYa! only has an English version but it does provide a couple of games in Spanish. Students and teachers can use this website for free but in order to keep it free of cost there are ads on the pages.
|Price||Free with ads; premium accounts available|
|Ease of Use||★★★★✩|
|Class Size||Unlimited, but individual player games|
|ISTE*S||Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor|
|Power and Bias||★★★★✩|
|Impact on Student Learning||★★★★✩|
Free with ads. Subscription required to remove ads (see pricing plans). Subscription needed for mobile devices. ABCya! provides 6 free mobile games each week.
Personally identifiable information is collected from adults when subscribing to paid account.
This website is accessible to young students who are still learning to read. There is no mention on the website about accessibility features for students with disabilities. Hearing impaired students may struggle with some games that have instructions given orally, but a lot of the games have written instructions as well. Hand mobility is also needed to control the keyboard and mouse.
Site supports the current releases of Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Edge web browsers as well as Internet Explorer version 9 and up. Most PC games require version 12 of the free Adobe Flash Player. Can be accessed with PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Students can take an active role in choosing which games to play. Students also learn how to use online tools in a responsible way through the use of this site.
***ABCYa! video Transcript***
Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.
Here is an example of how ABCYa! might fit within the SAMR model:
“Connect the Dots” Students are asked to connect the dots by counting by ones up to 10, 20, 30,…
“Alphabetical Order” Students click and drag alphabet blocks to put them back in ABC order. Standards: RF.K.1 , RF.K.1.d , RF.K.2 , RF.K.2.d, RF.K.3.a, SL.K.2, SL.K.6. L.K.1. RF.1.1, L.1.1
“Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms” Students match words that are either antonyms, synonyms or homonyms.
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