5 easy gamified activities you can assign in Google Classroom tomorrow

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Ed Tech | Monday, November 14, 2022

5 easy gamified activities you can assign in Google Classroom tomorrow

This post is sponsored by Genially

Genially is an easy to use software that lets you add lots and lots of interactive elements to your slides.

The best part is that it is FREE! There is a premium level that you or your school/district can purchase but even with the free version you can create UNLIMITED content and have access to tons of templates. 

Genially's gamification templates are a great place to start using Genially in the classroom. The templates are available to reuse offer lots of fun examples to recreate games based on students' interest.

Below we have 5 game template examples along with a sample game AND a step-by-step tutorial that walks you through modifying the template and sharing with your students.

Brand new to Genially and want to know where to begin? 

Ready to use Genially to gamify your class tomorrow?

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5 Gamification Templates to Use Tomorrow

Hidden Picture Game

Space Pixel Quiz

Guess the Character

Interactive Flashcards 

Snake and Ladders

Hidden Picture Game

Pique your students' curiosity with this interactive template for creating a game in which they guess what image is hidden behind the pieces. Motivation and fun are guaranteed!

Ideas for using in class

  • Idea 1
    Preview your next unit of study with a picture that represents it well.
  • Idea 2
    Have students share a picture of something important to them and have others guess who it belongs to.
  • Idea 3
    Insert an image that represents important vocabulary and have them guess the word.

Example genially: Click here to try it!

What's next? Digital Citizenship: See if you can guess what we are studying next in our digital citizenship unit! Click on the tutorial video to see how to edit the template and create your own!

Level up your gamification:

Level 1: Use the Hidden Image game "What's next? Digital Citizenship" as it was created. Try it!

Level 2: Reuse the "What's next? Digital Citizenship" hidden image and modify for your own class. Click on this link then click "Reuse this Genially" to make your own copy.

Level 3: Click on the video icon to the right  and follow the steps in the tutorial to copy and modify the blank template.

Spaceship Quiz

Hold on tight, the spaceship is taking off! Use this template to create a quiz in which your students' mission is to stop aliens from invading planet Earth. Will they succeed?

Ideas for using in class

  • Idea 1
    Grab questions from the end of your textbook unit or a worksheet and turn it into a quiz.
  • Idea 2
    Challenge your students to create their own quiz questions after reading a passage or watching a video and turn it into a quiz.
  • Idea 3
    Find the most commonly missed questions and up the engagement by adding them to this quiz 

Example genially: Click here to try it!

Multiplication Space Quiz: Test your double digit multiplication skills in this fun space game. Beware of the aliens! Click on the tutorial video to see how to edit the template and create your own!

Level up your gamification:

Level 1: Use the Quiz Pixel Multiplication quiz example game as it was created. Try it!

Level 2: Reuse the Quiz Pixel Multiplication and modify for your own class. Click on this link then click "Reuse this Genially" to make your own copy.

Level 3: Click on the video icon to the right  and follow the steps in the tutorial to copy and modify the blank template.

Guess the character

Use this template to create a game in which your students will have to guess which character is hiding behind the clues. They'll learn while they play!

Ideas for using in class

  • Idea 1
    Create clues to guess a character from a novel.
  • Idea 2
    Use the guess the character template to identify a famous historical figure.
  • Idea 3
    Have students bring in 5 clues about themselves and use them to create a Guess the Classmate game.

Example genially: Click here to try it!

Famous Book Character: Read through the clues to figure out which famous storybook character is being described. Click on the tutorial video to see how to edit the template and create your own! 

Level up your gamification:

Level 1: Use the "Famous book character"  game as it was created. Try it!

Level 2: Reuse the the "Famous book character"  game  and modify for your own class. Click on this link then click "Reuse this Genially" to make your own copy.

Level 3: Click on the video icon to the right  and follow the steps in the tutorial to copy and modify the blank template.

Interactive Flashcards

Ideas for using in class

  • Idea 1
    Go to Teachflix.org and click on Read Alouds. Find one to insert and make a drag and drop quiz.
  • Idea 2
    Have students record themselves reading a book then create a drag and drop quiz.
  • Idea 3
    Insert a video about history and use the drag and drop quiz to create a timeline that students have to put in order.

Example genially: Click here to try it!  

Hula-Hoopin' Queen: Watch the read aloud of the story Hula-Hoopin' Queen then put the events in order. Click on the tutorial video to see how to edit the template and create your own! 

Level up your gamification:

Level 1: Use the Hula-Hoopin Queen example game as it was created. Try it!  

Level 2: Reuse the "Hula-Hoopin' Queen" Flashcard game and modify for your own class. Click on this link then click "Reuse this Genially" to make your own copy.

Level 3: Click on the video icon to the right  and follow the steps in the tutorial to copy and modify the blank template.

Snakes and Ladders

Create your own version of the popular 'Snakes and Ladders' game with this interactive template. Edit the instructions your way and add prizes and surprises with the help of interactivity. Will they manage to overcome all the obstacles?

Ideas for using in class

  • Idea 1
    Insert questions into each clickable icon to create the game.
  • Idea 2
    Find flashcards and use them with the game to create a versatile game that anyone can play.
  • Idea 3
    Use a Quizlet flashcard set and draw cards to play with the game. Assign a different surprise to each interactive square.

Example genially: Click here to try it!

Snakes and Ladders Spanish Vocabulary: A game to test your knowledge of simple Spanish vocabulary. Click on the tutorial video to see how to edit the template and create your own! 

Level up your gamification:

Level 1: Use the Snakes and Ladders Spanish Vocabulary example game as it was created. Try it!  

Level 2: Reuse the the Snakes and Ladders Spanish Vocabulary game and modify for your own class. Click on this link then click "Reuse this Genially" to make your own copy.

Level 3: Click on the video icon to the right  and follow the steps in the tutorial to copy and modify the blank template.

How to create your free Genially account

1.  Go to auth.genial.ly/signup and enter your date of birth.

2. Choose how you would like to sign up for your account.

  • Create your account with Google
  • Enter your email address and the password you’d like to use. 
  • Or you can sign up using your Office365, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account.

3. Answer a few questions about what you'll be using Genially for to make it more personalized. 

4. You may receive an email verification for your account. You just have to click on All set in the email you receive.

5. Now you are ready to log in to your account any time and start creating beautiful content! 

Go to auth.genial.ly/login and log in with whatever method you chose to set up your account.

Using the Genially Google Classroom Add-on

Are you a district IT admin for a Workspace for EDU Teaching and Learning or Google for Education Plus district in charge of enabling your Google add-ons?  

Genially has teamed up with Google to develop a Google Classroom AddOn for Genially. What does this mean? That teachers will be able to add all your creations made in Genially directly into Google Classroom. Educators will no longer have to navigate between both platforms to add and share content made in Genially to your assignments, classes and activities. 

To download and add this Classroom AddOn from the Google Classroom MarketPlace, click on this linkIt's 100% free! It's that easy and that fast.

Take the Add-on for Google Classroom micro-course!

In this micro-course we will see the new add-on for Google Classroom. The add-on allows you to add a Genially creation to a publication on Google Classroom without leaving the platform. Launch the course.


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