Today’s students love to play video games and fortunately for us, we can now translate this passion into an effective learning tool to keep students engaged while learning new skill sets. Now, I know playing games in the classroom is nothing new, but how students play them today is a different story. New, interactive, web-based games provide students with instant feedback and the level of instant gratification that they so desire. Features can include collecting and earning badges, advancing to new levels and keeping score through interactive scoreboards.
I have found several great, web-based learning games that can easily be integrated into your classrooms with very little effort on your part, as the instructor.
Quizizz With Quizizz you can create fun “live” quizzing games. Students can play together at their own pace on their own devices. You can analyze where your students might need more help by viewing real-time results.
Milady’s Online Haircutting Simulation How about having your students master their haircutting skills in a 3D virtual salon? Milady’s Online Haircutting Simulation allows students to master haircuts in a virtual, game-like salon before moving onto their mannequin heads.
Kahoots Visit Kahoots if you’re looking to encourage live discussions in a game-like setting or create live polling surveys.
If you’re ready to get your students excited about learning, I suggest you put away the “old” board games and try on some of these virtual games to engage and create a fun learning environment for your students.
Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team, where she currently serves as an Academic Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative trainings that not only inspire, but empower educators/trainers to create the most effective learning environments for their students.