Many online sites have designed games for folks to play. Some are rather robust, creating a detailed world for people to interact in. Others are simpler and offer more straightforward, mentally challenging games.
One such site is Lumosity. Lumosity can be played for free, or you can subscribe and get a wider array of features. In the free version, you register, and the program gives you a test to see where your cognitive strengths and weaknesses lie. Then it assigns five games a day for you, but you can only access the first, second, and fifth. The games vary significantly. Some are word-oriented. Those have you build words from a collection of available letters. Some check your mental agility by seeing how quickly you can identify whether a card you’re looking at is the same as the next one they show you. Others work on peripheral vision and recall.
There are a couple ways to use this in a class. First, the initial test could be used as a diagnostic to help students find their strengths and weaknesses in cognitive processing. Second, even the free version of the site tailors the games it chooses to the student’s skills. When my mother and I were both playing from separate accounts, she often received a different selection of games than I did. The difficulty level was quite different, too.
The games start out pretty easy but then get more complicated as you reach higher scores. The system remembers your last effort, so the next time a game comes back around into your queue, it can start you just below where you ended the time before. That’s handy if you play every day, but I recently logged in after a several-month break, and I found the games more difficult than I remembered. I’m sure, though, that if I logged in every day again, I’d gain my skill set back up to where it was.