Resource Introduction: eGame Resources

Whether you’re using digital games in your classroom or just want to, you should check out the eGames Guide here for discussion of today’s cool options.


Gamification. It’s one of the latest and most exciting buzz words in the educational world, but to say it’s new is misleading, at best. For generations, teachers have known that games in the classroom lead to increased student engagement, improved morale, and positive behavior. But now, in the midst of the 21st century information technology revolution, games are serious business, and teachers are paying attention to the lessons that gaming and gamers can offer.

By no means do I intend to explore gamification and all the research supporting it here. Below, you will find some links to get you started if you wish to explore the instructional practice. Rather, this post is designed to introduce you to the four best online tools for creating and finding simple, interactive quiz games to support lecture, projects, review, and study. A full, but not intimidating discussion of these four game resources can be found in the eGames Guide.

 

But, as always, let’s frames the discussion with the central question:

What do you want to do?

If you answered with any of the following . . .

  • I want to bring energetic and positive competition into the classroom.
  • I want to make my tests and quizzes more interactive and engaging.
  • I want fun methods to formatively assess my students.
  • I want to share my materials with other educators and find what they have to share.
  • I want to make a dry lecture engaging.
  • I want to play with my students.

. . . then you should open the eGames Guide and read about the four game resources you can choose from. And, as always, keep reading Sylvania Digital Learning to hear about how educators in Sylvania are using these resources to add the engagement of gaming to learning opportunities throughout our district.

Gamification Links

Edutopia Blog: “Gamification in Education” by Vicki Davis

Edutopia Collection: “Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup”

Jane McGonigal Interview and her TED Talks Page

The State of Tech Podcast: “Gamification, Part 1”

 

Resource Introduction: Quizlet

Make virtual flashcards and more with Quizlet!


What is it?

Quizlet is an online quiz and flash card generator. Teachers can use it to generate quizzes and other assessments. Students can use it to generate flash cards and other study guides. The “Live” featured, introduced in 2016, enables teachers to create live, interactive games out of the flash card sets. One of the best parts of Quizlet, though, is its connection to other users and creators. Teachers and students can find quizzes and flashcards generated by others to use or modify. The service is free and uses a Google login, making it simple to start.

How can I use it?

You can use Quizlet for quizzes and tests, but it works even better when you teach your students how to use it and encourage them to rely on it as a study resource. They can create their own flashcards for review or access those created by you and others. The utility is most impressive in its ability to connect teachers and students to collect support resources on a dizzying array of topics.

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use Quizlet in your school. Ask them for help!

At McCord, Holly Welsch

At Arbor Hills, Aaron Joplin, Tony Cutway, Angie Robinson

At Timberstone, Korinne Turnbell, Carol Bohland, Mary Carmony, Lauren Clark

At Southview, Katy Creecy

At Northview, Kathryn Nelson, John Word

At Highland, Kyle Newnham

At Stranahan, Amanda Sanderson

At Central Trail, Julie Bennett and Christina Renz

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to aclarkson@sylvaniaschools.org.


Check out Russell Stannard’s lengthy, but complete tutorial to learn Quizlet.


Resource Links

Quizlet Website

Quizlet Web Store Download

Gwen Scott’s Quick “Quizlet Tutorial” (video 6:07)

“Quizlet Virtual Flashcards 2014 Tutorial” (video 12:27)

“11 Ways Quizlet.com Can Supercharge Your Teaching”

“Quizlet Live 101” (video 6:31)

Sylvania Digital Learning’s eGames Guide

PD Session: Quizzes, Games, Oh My!

Fun can and will be had by all! Learn the best games and quiz generators on the ‘net!

Presented by Carol Bohland, Aaron Joplin, and Korinne Turnbell

Last presented on October 19, 2015 as part of the Sylvania Fall Inservice Day; Next presentation to be announced!


From the ad: “Would you like interactive fun that can move from Smartboard to Chromebook to Smartphone? Then join us for an exploration of some of the best tools in digital, including Quizlet, Socrative, and Kahoot! Learn how to unlock the power of these tools for instruction, review, and fun!”

Teachers will come away with technology tools they can readily operate in the classroom to use as a formative assessment, to guide student learning, and to prepare for summative assessments in a fun and engaging way.


Couldn’t make the session?  

Quizzes, Games, Oh My! Presentation

Check out this video from Kahoot! on how to play!


Session Materials

Socrative

Socrative Video Overview

Kahoot! for Teachers Mastering

Kahoot! for Students Playing

SDL Resource Introduction on Kahoot!

SDL Resource Introduction on Socrative

Quizlet

Quizlet Video Overview