Pragmatic tools and ideas for the classroom

Digital Magic #1

Welcome to Dave’s Digital Magic #1

Here are 5 links for you to explore.



Want to use games in your classroom to help teach or study for a test?

Try out this ‘Make your own games with Powerpoint‘ site.

“The Parade of Games web site was created to provide educators and trainers with easy-to- assemble educational games in a technology- enhanced environment to support key learning points. The site demonstrates the creative use of popular game shows and other familiar games to reinforce learning.”

I tried out the Jeopardy game. It is this simple to get started:

• download the game.
• Highlight the Category Headings on slide 3 and put your own in there.
• Go through the powerpoint and change the text boxes as instructed:
In other words, the page might say: “Enter text for $100-question-Category 1 here”
-Highlight the text and put in your question.
• Change the background- Why? Because the one they give you is ugly and distracting!
I went to “Format” -> “Background” and did two things, changed the background to blue (like Jeopardy) and I also checked the “Omit background graphics from master”- you don’t need to do this, but it looks better!
• Delete the instructions slide… you are ready to play!

The best part… Jeopardy music!

The only trick is that you have to hit the ‘home’ symbol after the answer to get back to the game board or else you just go to the next question or slide.

If you try out one of the other games and like it… please tell me about it!

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Let Fido the 7up guy read your mind!

You don’t even need a computer for this one… just figure out the math! 😉

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“You are living in great danger and must leave your country. Will you survive? Test yourself.”

A powerful, interactive look at what life is like as a refugee. Includes great teacher resources.

This is a bit disturbing in that wrong answers result in torture… try it out before showing it to your kids.

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So what is a wiki? Here is a nice introduction!
Be sure to ask Stan, Sharon or Lawrence what they are up to with wiki’s in their classrooms.



Actually here are two links for you!

a) Feel like reading? 15 year old Kris gives her eloquent view about what’s wrong with schools:

b) Just want to watch a video? Mr. Winkle Wakes

What do these two links have in common? They both make me ask myself questions.

Do we do what we do because we are used to it? Or, do we do what we do because it has always been done that way? Are we doing what’s best for our students? What do we do well? And, what can we do better?

What do you think?

April 6, 2008 - Posted by | across the curric., digital magic, lesson idea, social responsibility, technology, web based | ,

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