Tool Evaluation: active learning & engagement

Tool Evaluations

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Make learning fun on math playground!

Software: Gaming, online

Audience: 1-7

Price: free!

 

 

Features include:

-Various types of math games available for first grade, all the way up to seventh grade.

-Categorized home page with some categories including: kids favorite games, challenging games, brain teasers, games for each grade, etc…

-Easy to navigate homepage, visually attractive.

-Games for majority of math topics including: addition/subtraction,
ultiplication/division, fractions/decimals, geometry, ratio/percent & 
pre-algebra

-Ability to play games on mobile device as well

-Icon for each game available to provide previews to what the game entails

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example: ‘Ducky Race Subtraction’

 

 

Age Appropriateness: 

All of the content on the site is appropriate for the said age. First and second grade games have characters like animals and creatures, while games for older students are less character based and more mission based or have people as characters. For example, a 6th grade game math millionaire mimics a real-life game with a real person. A 1st grade game jumping chicks has animals as characters for a counting game.

Ability to maintain interest:

Site has a good potential to maintain student interest. Although many games are available, if students get bored playing one game in a category, they can still work on the same content playing a different game.

For example: the multiplication and division page has 15 games available to work on that one topicScreen Shot 2017-03-18 at 12.01.50 PM.png

Accuracy of Content: 

The few games that I was able to explore all had accurate content.

Relative Advantage: 

Playing games is undoubtedly more engaging for students. With playing games and applying their knowledge, they are more likely to remember what they learned. Students eventually reach the point where they want to explain the game to somebody else. This more engaging activity promotes mastery of content quicker and more effectively than paper and pencil activities would.

Classroom Applications:

Students are bored with activities during centers

After teaching a lesson on addition, the teacher can make a station that involves a game that enforces this topic. A few students can sit on the computer and play the game jet ski addition, which is a jet ski race where students have to select the sum.

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Teacher needs something fun to meet a common core standard

The site has a Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 12.12.19 PM.png tab. This tab brings you to a page that provides games for specific common core standards for each grade. Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 12.13.14 PM.png

The games pictured meet to common core standards listed above them.

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