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PurposeGames.com (online learning)

PurposeGames.com (online learning)

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When Dr. Judy Willis (radteach.com) was here last week, she predicted that the rote learning (spelling, geography, grammar, multiplication tables) will eventually be taught via online games. In other words, rather than sit in class and memorize using pen-and-paper homework, kids would play online games that would help them learn this important, yet tedious, information. I just spent some time on PurposeGames (http://www.purposegames.com) and played some of the geography games. When I didn't do so well, I was motivated to play again, to see if I could increase my score. I find this idea of online learning by way of online gaming (especially for the nuts and bolts of memorization) to be especially compelling! Most importantly, I really did get a good geography lesson. Anyone else have experience with online learning they'd like to share, either with purposegames or another site? Seems like there are a zillion offerings out there. Would love to hear what's working and what isn't.

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Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Wow - really impressed with purposegames. Very cool. I'm going to have a go at creating my own game now.

I'll let you know how I get on.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher


I love to use quizlet.com to practice Spanish vocabulary. This site can also be useful for other content areas that use vocabulary terms. Users are able to create sets of flashcards and play several interactive games to practice those terms. My students love scatter and space race because these games are timed and challenging.

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Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation

[quote]Wow - really impressed with purposegames. Very cool. I'm going to have a go at creating my own game now.

I'll let you know how I get on.[/quote]

Keith - how did it go? Would love to hear a report.

Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi all,
I've had a bit of a play around with Purpose Games. I was mainly looking for something that I could use as a quick lesson starter in my classes, either on laptops or with an IWB.

I created two games. You can see them here: http://www.purposegames.com/profile/50141/games

One is on the states of Australia, and another is a multiple choice quiz for business studies.

Overall, the experience was very, very simple. I simply uploaded the image and then placed the markers I wanted, along with the text. Very user friendly. The multiple choice just meant I typed in some questions - very easy.

The two games I created took less than half an hour. Very impressed.

I'm going to run a session on this at the next Technology meeting at my school, showing it to different teachers.

Anne's picture
K-5 Special Education teacher - Billings, MT

I love this site and will share it with my co-workers! Thank you for the info!

Francis O Callaghan's picture

should be a good start, perhaps a glossary tool for the multiple choice game. I agree with Keith, this is a good attention grabber but lacks depth for things other than memory retention. I see definite benefits for Geography (most of the visual games seem to be along those lines)

I did enjoy
on English slang

Sarah Minnick's picture
Sarah Minnick
8-12 Social Studies teacher, Pennsylvania

PG was shown as a side resource at a conference to Thinkinfinity and was totally absorbed by the depth that PG offered. AND you can create your own.

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