Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Playing 20 Questions Game With Class In Another State Using Google Docs

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by Matt Gomez. You can connect with me on my blog mattBgomez.comTwitterFacebook or Pinterest.
Yesterday my class got to collaborate, or in their eyes play, with twitter friends from Montana. I talked with @JonFines about our classes playing twenty questions together and found out they play that game in their class so it was a perfect match. We used this template to play the game and everything worked perfect. We played one game with Jon's class asking the questions and then later in the day played again with my class asking the questions. Since we both teach Kindergarten the teachers did all the typing but for upper grades I think the kids could do that part. The game took about 15-20 minutes to complete and my kids were engaged both times. This activity is great for young kids as they learn how to ask questions and really promotes higher order thinking. It takes a lot of brain power to listen to friends asking questions and then formulate ideas based on the answers. If you want to "see" what it looked like I captured a video of the google doc (bottom of page, I sped up the video so you could see it happen faster.)
If you look at the image below you can see that these "games" do in fact lead to learning. My kids have learned so much about digital citizenship, collaboration, and geography through these connections. I hope you will give it a try! If 20 questions is not for you we have also played live games of Tic-Tac-Toe and Connect Four with Google Docs
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2 comments:

  1. This is a GREAT idea! It is perfect for every grade, even high school! I'm using this with my sixers this fall. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Oh my goodness this is amazing! I would love to play with another school - we are in New Zealand so if any one is able to work out to play with us we would love it!

    Erin
    The E-Z Class

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