Each game type has a different use in the classroom and should be chosen depending on the outcomes you wish to achieve with your students.
Instructional games do not require students to have any background knowledge on the topic. In fact, students learn the content through game play. In order for students to beat the game, they must master the content presented.
All Instructional games come with a built in 3-question pre- and post-assessment to provide meaningful gameplay data. Pre-assessments are given to assess students' current knowledge about a particular topic, while post-assessments are given after students have played an Instructional game to evaluate and measure their understanding after they have played through an Instructional game.
Instructional games are best used as an introduction to a unit to build background knowledge, as station rotations, or for remediation or intervention.
Quiz games are meant to be used after the students have learned the content in class. Students review what they know by playing an arcade-style game with questions embedded.
All data from questions answered within the Quiz games are visible on the Student Data page. This is also where you can view data for any assessment questions answered.
Quiz games are best used for homework assignments, exit tickets, formative assessments, or test or quiz reviews.
PhET simulations can be used as a hands on lab experience. Students are able to manipulate parts of the simulation to learn more about the world around them.
PhET simulations will allow students to explore for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, students are automatically moved to the next piece of content in your assignment.