I use games in my class every day. I start the day with a word game or word of the day. At Maths time we do an interactive warm up. Then I teach my group of the day using Maths games as their specific warm up. After morning tea we use the Smartboard to do a literacy game as warm up. Often my reading group has a game to learn whatever our focus of the week is too. After lunch, we have a quick fun game, to regroup before settling down to whatever we are doing. My class has twice as many boys as girls, and even so, I have minimal classroom management problems - they're having too much fun! Have a look at my Del.icio.us for ideas and links.
I own or recently bought (from Ebay) or plan to buy the following software for my 4-6th graders.
Axis and Allies
Age of Empires
Age of Mythology
I use games to teach Math, Language and UOI (unit of Inquiry) in my class. I think it is good to start a lesson with a game or to get students' attention back when they get bored during the lessons. My students love to play Bingo, fishing, snake and ladder and many more games. As a teacher, we need to become more creative to create better learning process. And one way to achieve that is through games.
We have a directory of hundreds of click and play games on our Ning. EFL Classroom 2.0 , click the games tab.
I produce many ppt games and would encourage teachers to not only play games with students but most importantly get them making the content and the games themselves! This is where real learning flames.....You can see many of my ppt games if you scroll down to the bottom of the directory. Here's my latest, BAAM flags -- a way to keep kids interested by avoiding the BAAM. Edit as you wish -- I'm all about open copyright for teachers.....
There is a new game out by Tabula Digita that puts the kids in front of a game similar to the Halo games that they are so crazy about. It is called dimension m. When I met the them at FETC and tried it out, it was incredible. After the students work through the units in math they are forced to test their skills in a type of battle mode. Pretty impressive. I'm not sure if they have expanded to support every state in the US yet though as they have been trying to perfect in a handful of states before expanding.
I personally use Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Dance Dance Revolution to help teach rhythm in my music classes. Kids love that.