Friday, June 10, 2005

http://quia.com

This is another site that allows instructors to create games. The major difference with this site is that the games you create here can be played online. It is a fee site so instructors have to either have their school purchase a subscription or pay for it themselves. I tried out the 30 day free version and created a small vocabulary practice game based on words I'm actually teaching this week in class (so it would be realistic for my teaching situation) that you can try at http://www.quia.com/jg/669318.html It costs $49 a year for an individual subscription (only $39 if you get 9 colleagues to sign up at the same time) but I think that would be well worth it to a teacher who uses online activities on a regular basis. For the game that I created, by the way, I drew the images myself in Paint, saved them, and uploaded them to the Quia server for use in the game. I wanted to see how easy it was to create an online puzzle. It took about 30 minutes for the whole process including drawing the drawings from scratch. Try my game!

2 comments:

Yacinemay said...

Barry, I got completely lost trying to figure out the flashcards. The main issue was not knowing which button to click on. I am so used to seeing a "next" button that I was not really thinking outside the box. It took me a good minute to figure out that after each answer, I was supposed to click on "remove this card" to get to the next frame.

barryb said...

My apologies for not making the instructions a bit clearer to you as a new user. Obviously, in the classroom, it would be necessary to introduce the rules of each task with the students prior to sending them to the game or practice on their own.