How to Utilize Our Game-based Learning Activities

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There are two main methods used in educational games: gamification and game-based learning. Gamification consists of using game design elements in the classroom in order to engage students. For example, a teacher drawing hearts on the board for classroom management. Game-based learning is a strategy that utilizes games to produce specific learning outcomes. An example would be “The Oregon Trail.”

On Studies Weekly Online, we offer four game-based learning activities. Two of the games can be found on the left-hand side within each week’s reading. First, you will find a crossword puzzle. In this tool, students read clues and type the correct answer into the puzzle. Second, is a game called Misspilled. In this game, students sort their incorrectly spelled or correctly spelled vocabulary words into corresponding “laboratory vials.”

The last two games are in the form of a self-contained avatar character. One being Revere the Rat and his virtual habitat, the other being your own Studies Weekly Explorer and their treehouse. Students can earn coins and gems by answering questions correctly within the publication. These coins are then used to purchase accessories for their virtual avatar and their home.

The coins act as a monetary incentive and help motivate students’ interest. To answer the questions correctly, the student has to understand the reading. This, in turn, increases student comprehension. Below, we will go over how to utilize these games as a teacher and as a student.

Teachers

As a teacher, you may see how many coins your students are earning.

  • Log in to your online account
    • Go to studiesweekly.com/online
    • Enter username (email address)
    • Enter password
    • Click Login

  • Select the Classes tab
  • Click on Reports
  • Look beneath the Gems icon

Students

  • Log in to your online account
    • Go to studiesweekly.com/online
    • Enter username (email address)
    • Enter password
    • Click Login

  • In the upper right-hand corner click on the student profile picture
  • Choose either “My Rev Rat” or “Explorers”

For more information on how to utilize different features within your online account, click here.

 

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