Game Shows in the Classroom

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Are you looking for game shows to get your students motivated, have fun, and learn all at the same time?

Enjoy these game shows:

My favorite on the spot game is Deal or No Deal. There is no prep needed..all you need is a textbook, a study guide or just your brain.

My favorite site for television theme songs is

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.


Purpose of Game Shows in the Classroom

An educational game show can help students pay attention, learn more and improve scores. Students are motivated to pay attention through the game show format because it's flashy, interactive and feels more like play than work. Yet it keeps the focus on your subject matter.

The TOP 10 reason for Classroom Gameshows

Reason #1: Games are Fun with a Purpose
Games create a cognitive engagement between the learner and the topic in a flowing, smiling environment. Games celebrate your topic and reward individual and group achievement. Games bring fun and energy into a buoyant learning zone, but with the focus on learning.

Reason #2: Games Provide Feedback to the Learner
Learners want and need feedback on their performance. Games give them immediate feedback on the quality of their input — their successes and their errors. With the appropriate corrective feedback, this can become an invaluable learning opportunity.

Reason #3: Games Provide Feedback to the Teacher/Trainer
Games provide a practice field where learners interact with the topic, demonstrating their knowledge and ability to apply the information. By observing this real-time demonstration, the trainer can adjust the subsequent level of lecture, readings and interventions, accordingly.

Reason #4: Games are Experiential
Today's learner needs to do and to try things on her own. Games provide an environment that transforms the passive student into an active part of the learning process where she can connect her own dots and experience her own ideas. Games also remind both player and teacher that energy in the classroom is a good thing.

Reason #5: Games Motivate Learners
Games engage players and then motivate them to interact with the topic. This interaction drives players to demonstrate their understanding of the topic in a friendly contest where successes are memorable moments of shared triumph and celebration and where mistakes mean only that the learner is being stretched to his or her own limits.

Reason #6: Games Improve Team Work
Games are real-time activities that bring players into teams, demonstrate the rules and roles of working together as a team, and underscore the value of team collaboration. Games give your learners a chance to know their peers as they share the same real-time experiences, allowing for strong networking and bonding.

Reason #7: Games Provide a Less Threatening Learning Environment
Because the game format is playful, the inherent challenge of the material, even new or difficult material, is less threatening. During game play seemingly difficult questions and scenarios are "just part of the game." And, teachers can use the window following classroom responses to build a bridge between the topic and the learner.

Reason #8: Games Bring Real-World Relevance
Games allow you to present real-world information in the form of questions, scenarios, role-plays, and so forth. In this way, players learn not only the "what," but the "why," of the topic from a real-world perspective. Players also observe their own behavior and that of others during game play. Post game debriefings give insights into those behaviors in thoughtful examples observed during game play.

Reason #9: Games Accelerate Learning
Games allow you to compress your topic and demonstrated learning into shorter periods of time, accelerating the speed of learning. The visual presentation, oral interactions, and active participation of game play appeals to all of the learning styles (visual, auditory and kinesthetic), involves both the rational and experiential mind that helps players remember what they have learned.

Reason #10: Games Give You Choices for Your Classroom 
Games allow you to add variety and flexibility to your teaching menus.


  1. Thanks! My focus is on game-based learning and you've nicely outlined its benefits!

  2. Thanks! My focus is on game-based learning and you've nicely outlined its benefits!