4 ways to power up your classroom this fall

4 Ways to Power Up Your Classroom This Fall

Remember the joy you felt when you laid the last domino in a match, played the final card in the deck, and finally reached level 4 in your Super Mario Brothers world? Well, that feeling is not just a coincidence. That is game-design in it’s purest form — leveraging choice, strategy, skill, and a little […]

14 ways to turn your classroom into a game show

Title image: 12 ways to turn your classroom into a game show. Including google slides game templates and ideas for playing quizlet, quizizz, gimkit, kahoot and quizlet live.

The music, the lights, the energy, the excitement of winning and the agony of defeat. Game shows are engaging and fun. It’s no wonder that our students love to be a part of game show style learning in our classrooms. So how can we help students feel the thrill of winning? Or the agony of […]

How to create a digital escape room for your class or PD

How to create a digital escape room or digital breakout for your class or pd

Escape rooms are a fun adventure where you solve puzzles to escape from the room. To add to the adventure, you usually have a time limit. I love creating physical escape rooms in my classroom. They are fun and they get the students up and moving in the classroom. However, there are a few drawbacks […]

Tech tip smackdown! 70+ edtech tips from fellow educators

Warning! This post contains SO many great tips, tricks, links and ideas that you may end up with a case of “too many open tabs”. That’s OK, it’s totally normal. Using the Wakelet or OneTab extension can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this condition.   As educators, we have many amazing tech […]

30+ digital escape rooms (plus tips and tools for creating your own)

Blog post title: 30+ digital escape rooms (plus tips and tools for creating your own)

Digital escape rooms, also referred to as digital breakouts, are a great way to bring gameplay and problem solving to any lesson or unit. They can be an exciting and engaging activity for the whole class or as an option for early finishers. In a spin on the popular Escape Room challenge, a digital version […]

How to start a Quizlet Live game in 60 seconds + tips and tricks

Quizlet Live is a collaborative, high-energy review game. It’s based on Quizlet, the online flashcards platform that’s been around for years. Students are sorted into groups and work together to answer all 12 questions correctly in a row to win. If we’re not careful, review can be a drag. At worst, it’s a repetition of […]

Themes, teams, and side quests: A superhero’s guide to gamification

Gamification in education is not new, and thanks to Michael Matera and his book, Explore Like A Pirate, a thriving community has been formed that helps educators all over as they start their own journey. If you are already a part of that amazing community, then high fives and woot woot! If you are on […]

Google Slides templates for Snapchat games in class

People all over the world are flocking to Snapchat to share photos and videos that reflect what’s going on in their lives. To be specific, it’s more than 300 million monthly active users. The magnitude of Snapchat’s impact is huge (source): 3 billion photos and videos are created every day on Snapchat. 78 percent of […]

15 ways to gamify your class

A quick way to start a conversation is by asking someone about their favorite game. Whether it’s the latest video game craze (Fornite takes the cake there), a beloved childhood board game or the local sports team they never miss watching, games are an engaging topic. As adults we love games. And so do our […]

#QRBreakIN: A game-changing approach to old-school centers

My 11th-grade English students loved escape room activities in class. But I was bugged by the fact that not every student ended up having access to every puzzle each time we ran these scenarios. Some students might breeze through two or three activities in the same time it took a group of their classmates to […]