Playing a review game is a fun way for students to test their understanding of a topic. At the same time those review games can give you insight into what your students know and what you might need to spend some time reteaching. Playing review games in teams can promote cooperation amongst students while also making it harder for one student to dominate a fun review game. Here are three fun, online, game platforms to try the next time you’re hosting classroom review activities.
Blended Play is a service for creating educational games to use in your classroom. Blended Play games are designed to be played in teams. The game boards are projected in the front of your room and students answer questions aloud to progress through the games. When students answer a question correctly, you mark it correct and their game pieces move forward on the digital game board. Watch my video overview of Blended Play to see how it works.
Last week I asked an audience of about 100 teachers in a conference break-out session, “how many of you have played Kahoot?” almost every hand went up. When I then asked, “who has played it team mode?” less than half of the hands went up. So while Kahoot is massively popular, it does have features that are overlooked. Kahoot’s team mode is a great option for classrooms in which not every student has a laptop, tablet, or phone to use. When using team mode Kahoot provides a pause after each question is asked and before responses can be submitted. During that pause teams can discuss the answer choices then one player from the team makes the actual submission on his or her computer, tablet, or phone. Watch this video to see how Kahoot’s team mode works.
Long before Kahoot arrived on the scene, Socrative was enabling teachers to create engaging review games for students to play on their laptops, phones, and tablets. From the start Socrative offered a feature called “Space Race” that randomly assigns students to teams. All players on the team then have to answer the questions on their devices. Rockets represent the teams on the screen. The rockets move when teams answer correctly. Watch this video made by Russell Stannard to learn how to create and play Socrative Space Races.
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