From the first moment I walked in the classroom with the class set of iPads, I was mithered by the class to play their favourite games, "Can we play Angry Birds? Can we play Temple Run?" they would plea. A carrot to dangle may have been my first thought. "If you finish your work you can have a go at the end," would be the response of most, but what if these games became part of your lesson???
Needless to say these games are fantastically addictive and great fun. I have to admit, when I first purchased my iPhone 3GS, I had completed Angry Birds within a couple of weeks. Temple Run is still one of the games I regularly play when I have a couple of spare minutes. Most teachers may see these games as a distraction to learning, whereas I see them as an opportunity to harness and enhance learning.
I have found that the most engaging lessons I teach are when the children believe they're not working, when they are having fun and the focus is something that interests them. Recently I did a literacy topic using football as a focus. Although it was greatly successful; I had feedback questioning how engaged children, who had no particular interest in football, were. This got me thinking about finding a focus that all children can relate to. These games provide the perfect stimulus to enthrall and fascinate all children in your class.
So why these games? Well, both these games can be the perfect stimulus in most subjects. When I first started thinking about using these games I put together a little mind map of ideas, it was only after finishing and seeing all the ideas, did I realise the scope of the curriculum covered and the amount of time that could be spent using these games as a focus. There may be other ideas I haven't thought of yet and may pick up as I go along. Here are the mindmaps:
Please read some of the children's thoughts and ideas on using this topic:
Thanks to @StephenConnor7 who has shared what his class did with Temple Run and the impact it had - Read about it here.
- Create perspective photos to then inspire a story about Angry Birds attacking us!!!
- Make Comics about Angry Birds attacking the school!!! Using Comic Life
- Using the scores to practice place value.
- Counting games- counting in 3s can be done by playing a level of Angry Birds and adding each of the digits to usually generate a number lower than 30.
- Counting games - Halve or + 9
- Re-arraging digits to make the biggest and smallest numbers.
- Using the game for Problem Solving - Finding all the possibilities.
- Art - Children can create pictures/portraits of the birds in different ways; typography pictures or using apps such as Brushes to create digital pictures.
- Using Explain Everything to make instructional videos of how to play the game. Year 4 make tutorial videos for Temple Run using Explain Everything from Davyhulme Primary School on Vimeo.
- Use the opening scene from Indiana Jones to inspire writing about the inside of the temple - We used the app Book Creator to write stories. - May need to edit from 1:54 as it shows his sidekick meeting his untimely death.
Children create their own soundboard to record SFX for the video inside the temple.
- Thanks to Mr Chippindall (@DrChips_) who has put together a step by step guide where children can make their own version of the game Temple Run - see the lesson here.
- ICT - Children can create their own versions of the game using app such as SketchNation Studio to make their own games.
@ict_mrpBig thanks! Observed teaching year 6 for interview. Used Temple Run idea = outstanding lesson =amazing writing =offer of job!
— karen robo (@karenro80969208) May 11, 2013
@ict_mrp fab Temple Run lesson this morning! Please thank your Year 4s. Kids knew straight away from reading descriptions what it was!
— Carol Newton (@misscnewton82) May 13, 2013
@ict_mrp your ideas for using angry birds & temple run are fantastic!
— Vikki Dodd (@vikkiville) May 13, 2013
@ict_mrp Used your idea of capitalising on children's love of the game temple run to make a story using green screen m.youtube.com/watch?v=OUVHH2…
— Mr Burton (@MrBurton1980) May 12, 2013