Educandy is a new interactive game maker that may be fun for teachers and students alike. In their own words:
“Are you looking to create interactive learning games but have no time to learn how? With Educandy, you can create engaging activities in minutes. Just enter your words, or questions and answers and Educandy turns your content into cool interactive games. Once you’ve created an activity, a unique code is generated. Simply share that code with your students and they’ll be able to play the game on their own device, in class, at home or even on the bus on the way to school. You can even embed the games into your own website if you want to. The games you create can be played on individual computers, tablets via the Educandy app as well as on the interactive whiteboard. There are 8 types of games you can generate. Create a free account today and start building your bank of resources, or copy and adapt games shared by our community. You create, you share, they play. It’s as simple as that!” (Educandy/About Us)
I signed up and had a look. I made a list of words for a spelling game, a set of opposites that could create three different activities and a short quiz.
Firstly, the game called Words: simply add a list of words and they can be used as a game to practice spellings. Only the right letters are offered so children have to be successful – even if it takes a few tries. They are timed, so children can improve their own time as they get words right.
I made a list of opposites that could then be used to make a crossword or a word search:
This is my matching game:
Finally, I made a short quiz. This again is a timed activity, the yellow line at the bottom is counting down! If you get counted out, it moves on to the next question.
Educandy is easy to use; it’s a fun game maker that takes just a few seconds to set up. Once you have made a game, it appears under a list called “My activities” . There you can find the code to share with children, who do not need an account to play. Also the embed code is there so that games can be used elsewhere, on school websites etc. Children could have great fun making quizzes for each other. There is nothing to dislike here – it is in Beta form though so eventually may become a paid for resource! You are able to export everything you make so keep everything, embed things into your website but do not depend on it being free forever.