Turning end-of-unit quizzes into competitions: A couple of PowerPoint games I sometimes use in class

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This post features a couple of game formats that I find work really well when I want a change of pace / focus in class.

I’m doing a workshop at school tomorrow (after which I’ll be on holiday for a month) about ways to use games in the classroom. Here are a couple of old standards that I probably won’t have time to discuss, but I’m putting them here to extend the workshop beyond the physical constraints of the room and the time slot.

Blockbusters

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Can you think of any ideas for using this game effectively? Please leave a comment!

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

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    8 thoughts on “Turning end-of-unit quizzes into competitions: A couple of PowerPoint games I sometimes use in class

    1. Great games! Love using games in my classes they are great fun and a source of motivation.

      I have a doubt about the blockbusters game: What happens when a team wants one of the other team’s hexagons? Can they pick it, answer a question and turn that hexagon into their colour? I’m not sure if I’ve been clear enough.

      1. Thanks, Sabrina. That reminds me: I have to visit your blog some time soon!

        I really enjoy usding games in class and agree that they can be very motivating. With the Blockbusters format I say that once a hexagon has been ‘won’ the other team can’t choose it.

    2. We have a tradition in my school to organize a team competition based on the game Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Foreign language teachers prepare the game together (we use the template and make up questions suitable for the student level) and the tricky part is that we include questions in 3 foreign languages which our students study – English, German, Russian.

      The game is loaded onto the school server and the teams have one computer each to play the game. The first team to finish is the winner (the teachers make sure it is possible!) but everyone gets prizes of course. It is great fun and students love this competition!

      @baibbb

      1. Wow, Baiba. That sounds really intense! I can imagine it being very moıtivating and the teams putting in a lot of work to try and win. Great stuff.

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