How to Use Games in Math

Princess Pascucci and the Fraction Fiasco

Introduce the game with a trailer using iMovie. My students LOVED this and it was an incredible hook to make them excited for the game. Click here to watch the trailer –> Ali and the Fraction Fiasco Movie Trailer

I also showed them how I made a digital storyboard to plan out the sequence of events so I was able to link this math lesson with the reading block and with sequencing a story. See that here –> Math Game – Storyboard

Finally, the students played the game! It was a multilevel game that took a few days to complete. Students worked with their team members. It worked out great! Princess Ali and the Fraction Fiasco

Gaming in the Classroom

I recently explored using games in the classroom. I’ve always thought video games were highly unproductive and a waste of time, but I saw the benefit of Minecraft and invested time into researching each type of game in order to see its potential in a classroom setting. Take a look at my presentation which is broken down into 3 different categories.  The presentation can be found here: gaming genre research project

Interested Gamer? Check out the Minecraft Exhibit in DC Minecraft in DC

Head over to Jacqui Murray’s page where she explains how to use Minecraft in the classroom in other ways! – click here

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, a columnist, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.