My students and I are hooked on a new mobile game called 4 Pics 1 Word. It is a simple concept: Four pictures are displayed that all represent a certain word. Sometimes the connection is obvious (gum, yellow, ball), while others are hard to determine (raw, overkill, nirvana).
2 ideas for using this in the classroom:
1. Warm-up or Review on the board
Pictures can be displayed in a similar format to the game on the screen, and students can respond with their answers. Responses can come through BYOD or just on paper. With a deep enough deck of slides, this could make for a good game.
2. Student-led Puzzles
Instead of on the screen, what if students were handed a card when they entered the room with one of the 4 pictures or 1 word. Then, they can find the common themes and assemble the pieces together on posters. Also, they could use these as cues on where to sit and get quick random seating.
So, far, I have only used this as a warm-up with my classes, but as we review geometry terms in Algebra II, I see using this more.
How do you use this and other mobile games to connect with students?