Showing posts with label free rice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free rice. Show all posts

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sproutster - Spell Words and Support the UN World Food Program

Sproutster is a free iPad game that has a concept similar to the one behind Free Rice. The difference between the two games is that Sproutster wants you to spell words and Free Rice wants you to guess the definition of words.

Sproutster asks you to spell three to five letter words by catching letters in a bucket as the letters rain down on you. You don't need to catch all of the letters. You just need to catch letters in sequence to spell any word that you like (proper nouns don't count). When you have spelled a word dump it out to make a plant grow. When the plant has reached its full size you move on to the next level. For each plant that is grown Sproutster donates 30-50 grains of rice to the UN WFP.

Applications for Education
Sproutster could be a fun way for students to practice spelling simple words. If your students have a vocabulary list that they are studying in your classroom, have them try spelling the words on that list. My one complaint about Sproutster is that even on the first level the letters fall very quickly. I would like to see a level on which the letters move just a little bit slower.

Thanks to Jen Deyenberg for sharing this fun app. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tree Planet - Nurture Virtual Trees and Help the Environment At the Same Time

Tree Planet is a game that has a similar double bottom line concept as Free Rice. You play the game and the game's developer does something good for the world. In Tree Planet you plant and tend virtual trees. To plant the tree you have to dig soil, fertilize, and water your seeds. As the tree grows you need to protect it from hazards like sheep and loggers. When your virtual trees are fully grown Tree Planet and its partners will plant a real tree in Mongolia, Republic of Sudan, or South Korea. Tree Planet has partnerships with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and World Vision.

Tree Planet is available for Android and iPhone. I actually installed it on my iPad just to test it even though it's not optimized for iPad display. I also installed it on my Nexus 7. I preferred the iOS version because the Android version required an extra download of 40mb of images after installing the app. The developer is South Korean and the pages in App Store are written in Korean, but the app can be used in English.

Applications for Education
Playing Tree Planet could a good way to teach young students about the responsibility of caring for plants. Students could log into the game daily to maintain their plants until they have reached maturity. Once your students' virtual trees have reached maturity you could launch into lessons about the countries in which your students real trees will be planted.

H/T to The Next Web

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Join 1000+ Students in a Fight Against Hunger

Tomorrow MLTI's 7th annual Student Conference will be held at the University of Maine. This is an annual meeting of middle school students and their teachers. At the conference students and teachers will be sharing examples of teaching and learning in 1:1 middle school classrooms.

At the conference's 1pm session 1000+ students and teachers will gather to play vocabulary game Free Rice. A special version of Free Rice has been created just to track the contributions of people playing along with the students. The site is Anyone who plays on the MLTI site after 1pm will have their scoress tallied along with those of the students playing at the conference. To learn more read Google Certified Teacher Sarah Sutter's blog post about tomorrow's conference. You can also read an article written by the Associated Press about tomorrow's conference.

Applications for Education
If your schedule allows, having your students play Free Rice along with Maine students tomorrow can serve two purposes. First, your students will get to practice their vocabulary skills. Second, your students will be a part of potentially global student effort.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Free Rice Just Got Tastier

Free Rice, the super popular vocabulary game that donates rice for every correct answer, has added a bunch of new categories. You can now play the game with vocabulary terms and identification questions from the areas of art, chemistry, foreign languages, math, and geography.

Applications for Education
Free Rice and games like it are good resources for students to use to review and develop vocabulary. Students like playing Free Rice because they immediately know if they were right or wrong. The instantaneous feedback is part of what makes the game appealing to students. That instantaneous feedback creates a challenge for students to improve their knowledge individually.

A resource similar to Free Rice that focuses on geography is Free Poverty. Some of my high school students enjoy playing this game.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Learn World Geography and Help the World

Free Poverty is a game similar in concept to the popular Free Rice game. In Free Rice you test your vocabulary and donate rice to charity, in Free Poverty you test your Geography knowledge and donate water to charity. I learned about the game yesterday on Fred Delventhal's blog then immediately tried it out with one of my classes. My students enjoyed playing Free Poverty as much as I did.

Here is how Free Poverty works; players are given a city and country to locate on a map by clicking their mouse on the appropriate location. If you place your mouse on the exact location, Free Poverty donates 10 cups of water to places in need of clean, potable water. If you don't get the answer exactly correct then Free Poverty donates up to nine cups of water depending on the relative accuracy of your answer.

Applications for Education
Free Poverty is a great way for students to learn and development knowledge of geography. Based on my informal testing with students, the game has an addictive quality that will keep students interested in playing and learning.