Over the past couple of years, review games like Kahoot!, Quizizz, and Quizlet Live have appeared in the classrooms. Teachers have shared that students seem to enjoy these activities due to the game like component. Each of the tools has its own strengths and weaknesses. These review activities can be a great way to collect formative feedback or just provide an opportunity for students to review ideas and concepts shared in class. As with anything else, these tools should not be over used in class as they will only become the ‘new worksheet’.
Looking to change up the way chromebooks are used in your classroom? How about having students play bingo electronically…
Donna Dennis, a co-worker, came up with idea of creating a bingo board template in Google Drawing. Students would either make a copy of the bingo template or receive a copy in Google Classroom. Then students determine what words they want to use to put in their board by dragging the text boxes into the bingo game board. Once the have a match, they are able to bring over a chip to place over the square in the bingo board. This is a very clever way of having students still be able to determine what board they have without using paper. (Down fall you might say would be that students could move their chosen words around the board, as their words are not locked into place, while the game is being played). To see an example of the template that I am talking about, click HERE. – In the image below you cannot see the word bank or the chips that are provided.
If you are interested in the Google Drawing template, feel free to make a copy of it and adapt to your own content. Each word in the word bank is an individual text box. Click on the text box and edit the text. Within five minutes, you can have your own version!
Those of you who know me know that I am a big fan of Flippity. The creator has very seamlessly created back end scripts for the average user of Google Sheets to help make their life that much easier. Just last week, I noticed that Flippity has a bingo option! How cool is that? The steps are very easy:
- Make a copy of the Bingo Template
- Add your own words
- Publish the spreadsheet
- Provide the link for students to get their own version of the bingo card
When a student has a particular box, they just click on the words and a chip appears. If they make a mistake, they can just click on the chip and it will disappear. Very easy to use.
From time to time, we have all seen this chrome message when our internet connection is not working. Well, have no fear as you can entertain yourself until the connection gets resolved or you find something else better to do.
To play the dinosaur game, hit the up arrow. Soon you will discover that your dinosaur on the top left corner of your screen will start running. But be careful, as there will be objects in your way that you must jump over.
The question that I have for you is, how many points can you get with your dinosaur?