Game Based Learning (GBL) Faculty Interest Group (FIG) – Notes from Meeting Three
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021, 1:50pm via Zoom
Grace Axler-DiPerte, Facilitator
Participants: Grace Axler-DiPerte (KCC BIO), Evrick Brown (KCC Beh Sci), Christina Colon (KCC BIO), Amy Haas (KCC BUS), Olga Kagan (SPS Nursing), Tom Lavazzi (KCC ENG), Mary Ortiz (KCC BIO)
Meeting began at 1:50pm.
- Grace welcomed everyone to our 3rd and last meeting for this semester.
- Grace shared the post semester survey link: https://forms.gle/n7sfnyKHw5rUm3pw8
- Last time Amy shared items she did using flippity. She did a scavenger hunt with locks and keys with her class (it was more like an escape room). The students liked it. Amy demoed it for us via screen share. It was on depreciation. It was great because it got the students to know basic facts. She was thrilled. She had the students do this in teams as an assignment. She showed us how she has this set up in Blackboard and showed us how it works. Flippity is easy to use (do not touch the blue cells). The students get several attempts at this. Grace and Amy shared how to get students to actually do the games (ex. 1 point to participate, 2 points for the right answer).
- Grace spoke about flippity.net. She shared how it works and what it offers.
- Grace shared puzzlemaker: https://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/You can use this to make puzzles for your classes.
- Grace spoke about Ink (https://www.inklestudios.com/ink/) , a programming language you can use to make branched stories.
- We discussed Mind Mapping and available online tools. She also discussed using Google Jamboard and flippity to do mind maps. There are a lot of mind mapping tools available.
- Grace shared flippity.net Manipulatives. You can use Google Draw to make backgrounds. Grace uses PPT to make backgrounds. In flippity, remember to publish what you make, or you can lose it.
- Grace showed a trick: take a PPT slide, make a picture (you can re-size it), File, save as a jpg (you can do it for just one slide or all). She discussed using this to make backgrounds that don’t get lost. In escape rooms she uses Google Image Search.
- Grace suggested not overwhelming students with lots of things in a game at once.
- Christina shared that she does scavenger hunts with her students using iNaturalist.
- Grace shared Taleblazer, an augmented reality gaming platform: http://taleblazer.org/. This hails from the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program Learning Lab. Grace “placed” microbes across the KCC campus for students to use a phone app to find the microbes.
- Christina shared that you could have students or teams of students do a mini bio blitz on the KCC campus in iNaturalist. See who can get the most species/taxa. In iNaturalist students contribute observations to a global database.
- Christina mentioned the Journey North site for migrating butterflies. Also, Nature’s Notebook.
- Tom showed/shared his first flippity. He used the Flippity Randomizer to have students make an ad for Advertising. Discussion followed. He will come back next semester to let us know how it went.
- Christina mentioned Prokaryotes Are Us to have students sell a prokaryote to us. It is a multi-media assignment (ex. video).
- Grace mentioned a board game called Snake Oil to sell things. She showed us a photo of it.
- Christina mentioned a fishing game to show over-fishing and its repercussions. The site is: https://cloudinstitute.org/fish-game
- Grace shared we want our student’s attention, not just have them do a game. She spoke about the game she and Mary created and published called, “What’s Your Diagnosis?”. Students must ask the right questions to find the correct microbe causing the disease.
- Amy mentioned Herstory and playing Monopoly with uneven amounts of money.
- Grace thanked everyone for participating this semester and is so glad we are trying out different things shared in this FIG.
- In the Spring, Grace will go over Google Forms. She may set up a separate meeting for this topic.
- Our GBL spring meetings will be on campus, but maybe online, too. Grace will let us know.
Meeting ended at 2:53 pm.
Notes respectfully submitted by Mary Theresa Ortiz, KCC Bio