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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

TinyTap - Create Your Own Educational Games in Your Browser

TinyTap is a company that is best known for its iPad app that lets teachers create educational games to share with their students. I've used it and written about it for almost a decade. Recently, TinyTap made a fantastic update. You can now use TinyTap to create your own educational games in the web browser on your computer.

To create your own educational game on TinyTap simply head to TinyTap.com and click "create." From there you'll see a menu of six game types to create. (There is an intermediate prompt tosign-in or sign-up if you haven't already done so). You can then watch tutorials on game design or simply jump into creating a game. All games are created in a slide-by-slide basis. Within each slide you can add pictures, text, and audio prompts. You can choose how your students interact with questions and prompts in your game. They can interact by tapping, clicking, circling objects, matching objects, typing, or speaking. Here's a short tutorial on making a shape puzzle game on TinyTap.  



If you'd like some inspiration for creating your own TinyTap games, browse through the public gallery of teacher-created games. The gallery is organized according to age, topic, and skill. When you find a game that you like you can use it as is or copy it and customize it in your account.

Applications for Education
One of the things that I've always appreciated about TinyTap is that you can make games that are perfectly tailored to your students' needs.

TinyTap games can be shared with your students via Google Classroom and through the TinyTap platform. Additionally, you can link to the games in any LMS. Games can also be embedded into blog posts and websites as I've done with this fun dinosaur game.

Certify'em - Send Personalized Certificates via Google Forms

Certify'em is a Google Forms add-on that I've been using for the last few years whenever I need to distribute personalized certificates. Certify'em will automatically send certificates to students when they get a minimum score on a quiz conducted with Google Forms. You set the minimum passing score that triggers the delivery of the certificate. If students achieve that score or more, a personalized certificate is sent to them via email or Google Drive. 

Certify'em has always provided some certificate templates and the option to utilize your own certificate template. Recently, Certify'em added some new certificate template options. The new options include updated designs and an easier way to utilize your own certificate templates. 

Previously, if you wanted to use your own template design in Certify'em you had to create it in Google Slides before importing it into Certify'em. Now Certify'em lets you simply click "Create My Own" from the certificate template menu to jump right into designing your own custom certificate template. 



Applications for Education
Besides using Certify'em to give students certificates for doing well on a quiz or test, I use Certify'em to send certificates to people who have completed one of my professional development courses. I've also seen Certify'em used to send certificates to students who have successfully completed lab safety and protocols assessments.