As someone who spends lots of time finding ways to incorporate games into the classroom, I thought “What better way to summarize my own learning?” After reflecting on the course EC&I 831, I am delighted to have been able to experience and learn more about social media and open education.
Why a Board Game?
My classmate, Brittney, and I decided to take up the challenge of finding a board game creator online. With the use of technology in this course, having done it remotely over zoom all semester, we thought it would be ideal to find a way for our classmates to be able to play the game as well. They would be able to reflect on their learnings, be tested on their knowledge, as well as have some fun challenging each other to win by seeing who knows this course best!
The Creation of Our Game
Brittney and I searched for a website that would be easy enough to make and play a board game. We landed on Flippity, a board game designer that allows you to use a Google SpreadSheet. This simplified the making of our board game, allowing us to type in the questions we wanted to incorporate. We took a look at what we learned throughout the semester from social media, to open education and everything in between. We also reflected on our own experiences to make questions. We had some places to be creative, such as changing the colours, the number of tokens, the number of dice, and more. There might be not enough creative space for those who are tech-savvy, but for us, it was just the right amount! I highly recommend this website if you ever need to make a board game for your students. It would also be a great way for students to make their own board game as a final project!
How to Play
Our game is pretty classic, with a die, tokens, and coloured spaces to land on that correspond with the two decks of cards. The blue cards are Open-Ended questions for those playing to be able to reflect on their own learning. The red cards are Close-Ended questions that have more structured answers. Of course, we added purple spaces to ” Take a Break!” Players take turns rolling the die, landing on squares, and answering questions. If a player answers a question incorrectly, they must go back. If the player answers correctly, they stay on that square. The first person to the end wins!
Links for the Game
Here is the Google Spreadsheet that we used to make our board game. I’m also including the questions we added to the cards. And finally, here is the link to the game so you can play! Keep in mind that this game is played on only one device. This means that if you are playing online, one person must share their screen and be in charge of rolling, moving, and clicking for everyone else. Have fun!
If you are interested in simply watching how the game works, Brittney and I tested it out. Here is a video of us playing the game. You will be able to watch how the game plays and a sample of some of the questions that are included!