Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday - Wii in math

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Does your school have a Wii?  Are you looking for ways to use Wii in the classroom?  Do you need help convincing someone that the Wii can be used for education?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, you have come to the right place!  I have ideas and resources for using the Wii in the classroom.

Many of the games can be used with math concepts.  Students can practice addition and subtraction, comparing numbers, expanded form, etc.  The list is endless!

My favorite game to use is bowling.  This offers many different options for practicing those math concepts.  To help you out, you can check out my Video Game Recording Sheets.

There are 7 different activities that can be used with Wii Bowling:
- Add numbers
- Subtract numbers
- Compare numbers
- Addition strategy - Doubles
- Addition strategy - Doubles plus 1 (near doubles)
- Addition strategy - Making Ten
- Expanded Form

My students are working to earn Wii as a reward in the classroom.  When they earn the reward, I plan to use some of these games with them for part of the time.  The rest of the time they will be able to play whatever they want.

Managing the Wii in the classroom is challenging because all 18 (or more depending on the class) students can't play at the same time.  I plan to have other games and activities for students to work on when it isn't their turn to play.

Using the recording sheets can hold students accountable when they aren't bowling.  They could be responsible for filling out the recording sheets when it isn't their turn to bowl.  I know my students would be motivated to stay on task in order to get a chance to bowl later.

If you want more information about using Wii in the classroom, you can check out a resource created by teachers in my county.  There are lessons for kindergarten all the way through 7th grade.  The lessons are designed around Wii games.  Some are using the basic games that come with Wii, while others are for games you will need to purchase separately.  Check out http://wiilearning.wikispaces.com/home for more information!

What is your favorite Wii game to use with students?

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