Word searches are fun!! I did spend some hours looking up research articles on the educational benefits of word searches. While they are fun for students, circling words does not have a lot of benefits in terms of learning. BUT sometimes we do things just for fun, so I have a way to generate your own Word Search. Copy the… Read More »Make a 4th of July Word Search
Design your own badges in Google Drawings.
Free Gamification template for students to have choice and level up.
Gamification Works!! We know when we gamify activities it increases student engagement and increased engagement increases student learning. In my webinar today I went over how to create digital badges using Google Slides and Google Drawings. Make Badges in Google Slides I have created a template in Google Slides to help you to quickly create digital badges. Create a copy… Read More »Make Badges with Google Apps
If you are looking for something fun for your students to do during class time try the Shut the Box game. Traditionally this game is played with 2 players, a pair of dice, and 9 tiles. To play this virtually, or digitally, try my Google Slides version. Template Objective The objective of the shut the box game is to remove… Read More »Shut the Box Game – Google Slides
Create a gameboard with Google Slides to engage your students.
The behavior of play has long been an essential tool for learning.
Looking for ways to engage students? Try some gamification and choice. I have added some features to my Badge Game template that I hope will make it easier and more fun. Template New Features I updated several new features to the Badge Game Change the game colors. Create a Google Slides tutorial to go with the game. Google Slides are… Read More »SUPER COOL Badge Game Updates
Use Pre-Made Lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition education.minecraft.net/class-resources/lessons Search the education.minecraft.net website for pre-made lessons to do with your students. Download the world and add as an attachment to a Google Classroom assignment. Students will download the world to their Chromebook. Students will need a Microsoft account and the school will need to provide licences for Minecraft: Education Edition for… Read More »Using Pre Made Lessons for Minecraft: Education Edition on the Chromebook
This Fall I will be teaching high school Geometry on Chromebooks with Minecraft. I am very excited! I have created a guide (in Google Slides) for teaching with Minecraft: Education Edition on the Chromebook. Minecraft: Education Edition allows me to engage students and provide a context for what they are learning. This is the perfect tool no matter what subject… Read More »Chromebook Guide for Teaching with Minecraft: Education Edition
Gamification, for me, was not only for the classroom but also for my colleagues. After all, adults are just big kids at heart, right?!
NOW – School IT departments need to get set up with free M365 accounts and prepare for how to use Minecraft: Education Edition in the fall. Play Minecraft: Education Edition on a Chromebook On @playcraftlearn Twitter handle an invite to beta test Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks was posted. I logged into my Chromebook, went to the Play Store and… Read More »CHROMEBOOK USERS – The Time is Now
Minecraft is an excellent place for students to learn in and contextualize their learning. A few basic things to know about Minecraft if you want to create learning spaces in the game. You will need a site license to Minecraft: Education Edition. Although, the elements in this tutorial pertain to bedrock Minecraft as well (what you install on your PC… Read More »Left Click Destroy – Right Click Build
I have an Add-on (not available in the marketplace) to quickly create a unique bingo board for each student. Use the Bingo template to create a unique choice board per student. Tell students to choose 5 in a row from the choice board to make Bingo! The Add-on randomizes your choices for each student and creates a different choice board… Read More »Create a Choice Board from Bingo Add-on
Engagement matters for making a lesson memorable. While nothing is engaging for 100% of students, we do know that Minecraft is very engaging for many students. Heck, I personally spend hours playing Minecraft and lose all track of time. We may know Minecraft as a game that our students (and personal children) play. Yes, Minecraft is a game. But what… Read More »Super Basic: Create a Minecraft Lesson