Fun Smart Board Games for Elementary Students
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As educational technology advances, interactive whiteboards are an increasingly common sight in classrooms. Also referred to as smart boards, this interactive multi-functional technology is intuitive and convenient for educators. It’s no wonder, then, that smart boards are used in about 50-70% of classrooms in developed countries around the world. It also helps that smart board games are a fun way to engage elementary students and teach core curriculum through new activities.
Smart boards are extremely effective at attracting and engaging elementary students. By adding gamification into the learning experience, children are excited to learn and participate. In this article, we’ll examine the benefits of smart board games and provide examples of some of the best game options for elementary students.
What are smart board games?
Smart board games are activities and contests that can be played on an interactive whiteboard that has touch capabilities. Many classrooms already feature interactive whiteboards that teachers use as visual tools (replacing the traditional classroom whiteboard or chalkboard). Because these types of digital boards can connect to your computer, classes can play interactive games on the smart board.
Benefits of smart board games
There are many benefits to using a digital whiteboard for playing games with your students:
- The games can accommodate different learning styles. These games can teach children through visual, audio, and sensory stimulation.
- They promote engagement and encourage participation. When children can interact with an activity, their understanding deepens as they strive to compete or accomplish different games and activities.
- The interactive whiteboard can access a variety of educational games and activities through the internet. There is a treasure trove of smart board games that teach various core curriculum topics and offer mastery checks for each grade online.
- The games can be customized to teach and reinforce the curriculum. Many smart board games allow you to edit the information students will be quizzed or tested on, making it an effective learning tool for any topic you’re teaching.
Best resources for smart board games
The internet has a massive selection of smart board games you can access through a simple Google search. For a more trusted source, check out these reputable sites for some of the best games:
- Teachers Pay Teachers
- Lakeland Central School District Smart Board Game List
- Education.com’s list of Educational Games for Kids
- PBS Interactive Kids Lab
Smart board games that elementary students love
While there are thousands of smart board games available, sometimes the best options are also classics. Here are a few games you can play that elementary students love:
Hangman is a missing word game where students guess letters in a word, phrase, or sentence. For every wrong guess, a new body part is added to the stick figure hangman’s noose. Hangman is useful for teaching vocabulary, deductive reasoning, and spelling.
This is a great group game that can include a lot of students simultaneously. Pictionary is a visual word guessing game that requires some art ability to play. Teachers can use Pictionary to enhance vocabulary and history lessons.
Memory is a relational game where students use their memory to find matches from among many hidden pictures. This game teaches concentration, brain function, and focus. It is also a visual recognition game that tests a person’s short-term memory. Memory has a wide application for teaching the core curriculum through visual learning.
Simon Says is a memory game that challenges children to follow a sequence and remember the pattern by repeating a pattern that builds. Every time the student successfully completes the pattern, the game builds on the pattern for the next student to try.
Kahoot is a game-based application that allows teachers to create multiple choice quizzes where students compete to answer quickly and accurately. This app is a great way to assess where the children are in understanding any subject.
Story Sequence tests and challenges students to place actions in the correct order of the story. Teachers can use Story Sequence to build comprehension, information organization, and problem-solving.
Create your own smart board game
Depending on your smart board software, you might be able to create your own game using their custom game template. In many cases, you can open the template and follow prompts to create your own game.
Creating your own game allows you to customize the learning topics you want to enforce through playing games. There are also many game templates that allow customization.
How to choose a game for your students
When deciding which game to play with your students, you first need to evaluate which core topic or skill you would like to develop. Then, visit any of the sites listed above to search through a wide variety of smart board games for the children’s grade. You can also do your own research for the best game ideas. There are a ton of great options out there.
Once you’ve found a game that can work, explore your options for customizing the game (if allowed) to reflect the concepts you want to teach. Save any changes and open the game on your smart board.
A fun way to engage students while learning
Games in general are an excellent way to entertain and teach at the same time, and smart board games are a proven method to attract and engage elementary students. By customizing smart board games to fit your curriculum and using the Vibe board’s touchscreen technology for seamless, real-time gameplay, these educational games will reinforce teaching for better retention.
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