As a child, I remember one specific thing I always looked forward to on days when I stayed home sick from school — The Price Is Right.
Even aching, sick to my stomach or feverish as I laid on the couch, I made sure the TV was tuned to that game show around lunch time.
I loved the unique games. (Playing Plinko was a dream of mine!) I always guessed right along with the contestants during the Showcase Showdown at the end of the game. Bob Barker was the consummate host and kept things moving.
Now, teachers can bring that experience into the classroom when students aren’t home sick.
Several digital tools created for the classroom bring those exciting experiences to students with learning as the focus.
These “game show classroom” websites do a number of things …
- Create an electric atmosphere for answering questions.
- Provide fun, interesting repetitions.
- Make in-the-moment feedback possible.
It’s easier than you think to bring the fun and excitement of a game show to your classroom. Scroll down for TONS of tools, tips, templates and resource to start using in your class now!
Comparing Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Gimkit
We have a growing number of “gameshow classroom” options. Here are some of the ones I’ve found that I think are the best. Click on any of the icons below to be taken to more information about that tool.
Turn YOUR classroom into a game show!
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10 more games like Kahoot!
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Like Kahoot! for math. 99math is a free tool that turns math into a social gaming experience. The content is already generated, teachers just have to choose the topic they want to practice and no time is spent on preparation. Setting up the game and playing with students takes only 5 minutes from the lesson! Learn more about 99math in this post by Karly Moura.
Baamboozle is a fun game to play with your class as a bell ringer, check in, or review lesson. Play from a single device on a projector, smart board or in an online lesson. No student accounts are needed. It’s simple to set up. The free version of Baamboozle allows you to make your own games to play with your class. The paid version ($7.99/month) gives you access to the premium features including a library of over 150 pre-created games.
Factile lets you create or play jeopardy-style quiz games for your classroom. The free version allows you to create up to 3 games and play any of the pre-created games. The Pro version ($5/month) gives you access to premium features like adding images, videos and equations plus the ability to create unlimited games.
Quizalize is another quiz-based website. Teachers can create quizzes with multiple- or two-choice question sets or single-word responses. The free version allows you to assign quizzes with follow-up resources and see results for up to 3 classes and 5 activities. The premium version ($5.75/month) gives you access to the features like unlimited classes and activities.
With Wordwall you can make custom activities like quizzes, match ups, word games and more for your classroom. Wordwall activities can also be printed out directly or downloaded as a PDF file. The printables can be used along with the interactive or as stand-alone activities. With the free version you can create up to 5 activities. Standard and Pro accounts start at $6/month.
Flashcard Factory by Pear Deck, is a neat FREE tool to let students “crowdsource” the flashcards they’ll use to study.
Check out this tutorial video, which walks you through the steps …
- Create the list of terms
- Invite students to collaborate
- Collect student images and example sentences
- Vote for the best ones
- Create a Quizlet flashcard set with what students createdAdd the flashcard set to Google Classroom
This free app has been around for awhile and is still a fantastic option for quick polling in the classroom. With Plickers only the teacher needs to have a device because students hold up a paper card to show their answer.
These aren’t the only options for reviewing in this way. If you use others, we’d love to see them in a comment below along with why you think they’re great.
Question: Which tools have you used, and what was your experience? What other similar tools have you used? Leave a comment below.