Games, Game-based learning and Gamification

Whether you’re a teacher or a student, using games and game-based strategies is a great way to learn.  It’s that one sure-fire answer to the question: “What will most interest students?”  The Chronos Timeline playing-card game posted last year has already inspired several consultants, teachers and LEARN community partners to start developing their own games, and strategies and technologies to help students themselves create and share their own games are already available.  Check out the latest fun ways to learn and review history in the elementary program below.  

Also, for some great info on gamification, on game-based learning, and on other related strategies, you might also want to read some of our blog entries!

 

Cycle 2: Explora Card and Board Game


Here’s a board game design by Joelle Barbeau of Riverside School Board, to test your knowledge on a given society, in this case for New-France in 1745!  Inspired by games like FAUNA,  Joelle has adapted cards used in the original English version of Chronos (available here), Explora is a board game using playing cards and a timeline/map board that allows students to locate events and people in time and space.   Points are collected for each element in the game, making this a fun way to review a society and remind students of what they have learned throughout the year.  For access to detailed instructions, high-quality versions of cards you can print, and other tools like the board design and aspects definitions, visit the main Explora Game page.   Go to page


Cycle 2 card game: Review Societies and Connect the Facts!

Game setup
Teams amass points by identifying the societies portrayed on playing cards, by classifying the information according to the aspects, and by connecting documents to various concepts.  Over a hundred cards are being produced for Inca, Iroquoian and Algonquian societies, along with vocabulary words, and additional images and media.  This card game strategy could be used to review and remind students of the facts related to these societies.  Go to page

Cycle 2 and 3 card game:  Chronos Timeline

Sample of an order 5-card timeline
Work  (and play!) with chronology in the social sciences.   Chronos, is a board game inspired by Timeline,  that features the 35+ events from the primary history program. Chronos stimulates motivation in your students and promotes collaborative work. Throughout the game, students must build timelines in a competitive context. At the same time, they have to validate hypotheses in order to situate the events in relation to each other. Variations of the game are also proposed.  The target audience for the game is the 3rd cycle of primary school.  Go to page