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Making Moodle Fun: Games for KS2 and KS3

Younger pupils – indeed, older pupils too – love the interaction of an IWB whereby they can get out of their seats and tap, touch or hit the screen to select an answer in a starter or plenary activity. Most of these activitities can be uploaded to Moodle so they are not just available in the classroom.  Apart from HotPotatoes mentioned in another post, here are three of my favourite applications:

Spellmaster: This is a free tool for teachers to create their own flash games. Primarily for MFL teachers, it can be adapted to other subjects too. You download the application -which offers a choice of activitites such as word-matching, edit a file in notepad with the words you want and then upload the whole folder to Moodle. (You will normally need to zip the folder up and then unzip online) You then link on your course page to the swffile of the game you wish the students to access.  Here – on  a Moodle theme! – is a Word-Web I made earlier!

memory game Languages Online  the Australian site -offers similar downloadable templates  to make fun flash games – again, with the facility to add sound and video. They are free for educators but to work within Moodle you will need to convert the .exe file that is made to a .swf file.  For this there is a simple application e2s exe to swf converter that will do the job. (Thanks to JosePicardo for pointing this out!) You need again to upload the whole folder and then link to the swf file on your course page. Here’s a Moodle Castle Game!

History teacher Andrew Field’s Content Generator games are seriously addictive amongst en gardeall ages and will all, in time, be SCORM compliant, allowing the results to be recorded in Moodle’s gradebook.  The games are not free but are incredibly good value  and can be bought as a package for schools.  You make them offline and need to upload into the same area a swf file and an html file. You can fling your teacher, drown him in a sea of sharks, play football or basket ball or even – as in this  Moodle En Garde example here, customise your background to have a swordfight anywhere you like! Penalty Shootout and Fling The Teacher are SCORM compliant and there are instructions for uploading SCORM packages  on his site – and the games were even admired by the Great High Moodler Himself, Martin Dougiamas  – praise indeed!

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7 Comments »

  1. Thanks very much for mentioning the ContentGenerator.net games. Glad that they are useful and I am working on getting them ALL SCORM compliant as soon as I can.

    Comment: Andrew Field – 10. May 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  2. I would like to add a memory matching game. Do you know where I can find a program to do this that can be uploaded into moodle?

    Like flipping cards with a field of say 20 cards.

    Comment: Rhonda – 23. May 2008 @ 1:48 pm

  3. Have you tried the matchup in Activity in Hotpotatoes? That offers a flash card option. Alternatively you could sign up to the Quia Website which has a great flash matchup exercise which you just link to. Both Spellmaster and Languages Online offer memory matching games incidentally.

    Comment: admin – 23. May 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  4. Am very keen to use memory-maker on our moodle.
    Please could you give me link to the file converter – (.exe to .swf)?
    Thanks

    Comment: judith – 10. December 2010 @ 10:56 am

  5. Try this – http://download.cnet.com/FardaSaz-EXE-to-SWF/3000-6676_4-10554387.html

    Comment: admin – 10. December 2010 @ 1:03 pm

  6. Hello,

    Is Spellmaster scorm compliant for Moodle?

    Thank you!

    Maris

    Comment: Maris – 12. December 2010 @ 7:26 am

  7. No it isn’t – and what is a shame is that in recent months the site seems to have been hacked and now no longer appears available 🙁

    Comment: admin – 12. December 2010 @ 11:35 am

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