Today in year 5 we have been exploring Zondle this is a website that has games to support learning. The topics range from KS1 to GCSE and cover a wide range of topics and subjects. It a site that enables teachers and students to create their own topics and questions that can then be added to the website and used and commented on by all Zondle users.
We were delighted to welcome Wayne and Ben from Zondle into school as they showed the children and the teachers the benefits that creating games could add to the learning experience. We started our work a couple of weeks ago with the children drawing their own characters that they would like to see in a Zondle game. The children have also been exploring the website and evaluating it.
The sessions today ran three times with each Year 5 class – this was a great experience for the children and the adults involved. The sessions started with an introduction to Zondle and talking about what the children already knew and what they liked. The question aspect of the games was highlighted first and the children were set the task of creating their own questions based on our space topic from last year. This led to an excellent discussion as the types of question that could be included as well as the answers. The children in pairs then spent time formulating questions to put into Zondle these ranged from – can you fall through Jupiter? to what is the largest planet in the Solar system.
We then went into the ICT suite and the children all logged into Zondle pressed create and created their topics – they then entered their questions with the answers and the wrong answers – these topics can be either made public or private and then tagged so that other users can easily find. We also found out that clicking on quick insert enabled us to enter all our questions at the same time.
That’s it – Zondle then creates games using the questions thisenables them to play each others topics that have been created.
Once the games were created the children then all had a play and answered the questions, feeding back as to which games they enjoyed as well as editing their questions as they went through.
We then moved on to creating their own – looking at the introduction screen and the reward screen – the children had to choose a background and a character – these were ones that they had drawn earlier on in the term – the children then found out how to re size, position and make them disappear as well as which was the best screen to have as the reward.
The children then began creating – the buzz within the room was fantastic as the children worked together and found solutions to problems as well as sharing what they had found out with others and the adults in the room.
The sessions were hugely successful and thanks must go to Wayne and Ben for agreeing to come in and run them we all discovered a lot. For me it was using another free tool to engage the children with their earning – creating topics, games to test their knowledge – a tool that can be used for revision, finding our skills and building on their knowledge.
Zondle is part of our digital toolbox – is it part of yours?