There are many Game-Based learning opportunities out there. Prodigy Math, Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizalize, Formative, and Socrative are a few examples and there are many more. They all offer similar playing ideas...making learning fun. A new one I came across is 99Math. This is a little different in that it is based on basic math facts/skills. It is similar to the others, but it is a little faster to get going. Teachers do not have to write questions or search for pre-made games. It is basically like playing “Around the World” as a class with the leaderboard aspect like other tools have. Simple, fast-paced, and fun. It is free and allows students to practice math facts in a competitive game style and still give teachers feedback on how each student is doing. Check it out!
Play a Game:
- Head over to 99math.com.
- Sign in as a Teacher and create your account.
- Once you have your account you will choose the type of facts you want your students to practice.
- Choose the topic as well as the level of that topic. You will now have the chance to choose a “Live Game” or a “Class v. Class Game”.
- Live Game: Just your class
- Class v. Class Game: Play just your class, then send your scores to the other class to see who wins
- You will get a screen with the game address (join.99math.com) and game code and the “Start Game” button (use this after all students have joined).
- Have your students go to the link, enter the code, and enter their name (I recommend using a “code name” so everyone feels more comfortable about their scores being seen). They then click “Join Game”.
- Student names will show up on the teacher screen. When they are all in click “Start Game”.
- Teachers will click the “Start Round” button to begin the round.
- You students will enter the answers to basic math facts using their keyboard numbers or touching the screen/mouse use. They will play 3 rounds (the teacher will click “Next Round” to begin each round on their screen.
- When the 3 rounds are over they will see their ranking as well as be able to see any of their mistakes.
- The teacher will see all the students’ correct responses as well as their mistakes.
- Clicking on “See Mistakes” will bring up the missed problems for that student.
- These are also always available by clicking on “My Reports” at the top of the screen and seeing all past games.
99Math is a fun game to practice basic math facts. It does allow for competitive nature to rise in kids so know that going in. Some kids do not have strong skills or feel insecure about their performance. I would recommend that kids select a username that is not their own, but you as the teacher knows so the results.
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