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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Connect Fours - A Fun, New Review Game from @RusselTarr

My friend Russel Tarr, who recently took me to a party with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, sent me Twitter DM earlier today about his new review game called Connect Fours. Connect Fours is based on the concept of the connect wall in the BBC gameshow Only Connect. The idea is that you have to create four sets of four related terms from sixteen terms displayed on the board. For example, I created a game about the four major professional sports leagues in the United States. Sixteen team names are displayed on the board and players have to arrange the teams according to the leagues that they belong to.

Applications for Education
Playing a Connect Fours game could be a good way for students to review big concepts from a unit of study. One of the sample games that Russel offers is all about World War I. Sixteen terms related to WWI are displayed and students have to sort them into four themes about WWI.

To create your own Connect Fours game head to the game page and select "create new game." On the next screen enter the terms that you want displayed on your game along with the title for the groupings of terms (see my screenshot below for clarification). Your game will be assigned its own URL that you can distribute however you see fit.