- Create a blog entry for the Web-based Games module. How might you integrate games into your classroom? How could use of support in-class instruction, perhaps remediation? How might you use games for formative assessment? What advantages are their to integrating games? What are the disadvantages? Were there any age restrictions to the games you reviewed
Can you believe it is almost the end of the school year? As we prepare for finals I have been introducing web-based games to my students. These games will help them study for upcoming finals that are less than a month away. This is why I have been introducing web-based games in class. All of the following games are geared more towards middle school and high school students.
A game that hhas been used in class is “Free Rice.” “Free Rice” is a website that donates ten grains of rice every time a question is answered right. There are different topics of questions that can be answered. This week, we have been using this website in class for vocabulary and grammar. This week we are really focusing on grammar because I know most of my students have not learned it. “Free Rice” is a fun and educational way to do that.
Here is more about this website.
In class this week I had my students take a grammar quiz. The ones who performed poorly, I made them get on “Free Rice” during some free time and had them practice their grammar. Once they have completed a set amount of questions, then I will let them retake the quiz. This is more of a tool for practice than a formal assessment. The disadvantage of this is that you can not personally create the questions for your class.
Another game that has been used in class this week is called English Grammar Test. This app is very useful for practice because there are 15-20 topics that can be practiced. There are also many different stages that need to be completed. When a stage is completed, the student can see their progress. This can help support my teaching by seeing what my students know and need to work on.
This can be used for remediation by having my students work on skills that they did not do so well on. I can have my students do this after exams or quizzes, they can even do it as preparation for the tests and quizzes. The advantages of this app is that students can work on various grammar skills. A disadvantage of this app is that I cannot track the progress of my students. This app has been very helpful to my students.
The last web-based game I have introduced this week is called “Grammar Ninja.” This game focuses on parts of speech such as; nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, and many more. Each student can pick the difficulty that they would like to do. The difficulty does affect what parts of speech that will be looked for. This can support my teaching by making learning parts of speech fun. My students will be engaged in what they are learning.
This game will not serve as an assessment, but as review for an assessment. This can be used as practice for students who struggle with basic grammar. The advantage of this game is that it is engaging and fun. A disadvantage of this game is that there are not many different parts of speech to find.
Here is a link to “Grammar Ninja” if you would like to try it out.
I hope you all have a good weekend!