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Motivating with badges

Badges are given to children as they complete games and activities related to a topic in the EdQueries E-learning site. The badges are displayed in the user’s profile, on the dashboard and within the course. The main idea of the badges is to motivate the children.

Badges won by the user are displayed in the user’s profile

Badges inside the course

The question we asked ourselves, when creating the badges, was whether children would understand the significance of the badges, especially if the children are very young.

An interesting answer was provided by a Special Educator. “Parents like motivation too. They would be proud of the child’s achievements.”

That rung true. Parents are proud of their child’s achievements and it does give great satisfaction to collect the badges.

Once the child starts realising the significance of a prize, a medal; he or she is proud of all the medals won in the past as well.

What do you think? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.

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Expressive communication games

In the Communications course, a few games and activities have been added to the Expressive Communications topic.

The Communications course is useful for children with Special needs. Games and activities make learning fun.

The following games have been added to the Expressive Communication topic:

  1. Similar things

In this game, the child has to look at the pictures and find something similar.

The child can touch or hover over the sentence to hear the sentence. Same with the options provided. A short video of the game is available at the link below ( you can subscribe to the YouTube channel and of course, this blog for regular updates).

Short demo of the Expressive Communication game

2.Word finding

In this game, the student has to drag one of the words to fill the blank.

3. Pictorial story

This game is based on some famous tales. The story has been represented with pictures. The student has to look at the pictures,read the question and then drag the correct picture to answer the question.

As with all the games, the software reads out the words on touching or hovering over the sentence.

While all children will enjoy these games and activities, children with Autism or ASD will benefit from these games. Children with Special needs can also learn reading while playing these games. The audio helps them read the words. If the child has learnt reading or is almost there, the audio can be switched off.

All games work on mobile devices ( iPad,iPhone, Android tabs and phones) as well as on laptop or pc.

Please provide your comments/ thoughts about these games.

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Spot the planets

Today we added some simple activities/games for children with Special needs to help them understand the Solar system.

This topic is part of the NIOS as well as other curricula such as C.B.S.E.

As with other games and activities these are related to a competency,which in turn can be associated to the student’s learning plan.

These are the games/activities added:

1. Spot it game: Solar system

In this game the student has to touch ( on iPad, Other Tablet devices and any other device supporting touch ) or click ( using mouse ) the planet to answer the question.

The game is short and there is no time limit. It supports unlimited attempts. If the child has difficulty reading, the child can listen to the question. The question is repeated if the child touches or hovers over the text.

If the child touches the wrong planet, the software shows the correct answer with a short explanation.

2. Fill in the blanks

This is simple activity where the child has to drag the right answer to fill in the blanks.

Three choices are provided. Once again the game is short, has no time limit and allows unlimited attempts.

This topic about the Solar system is currently added to the Environmental Science course series.

Follow this blog if you are interested in knowing about the latest games and activities being added to the EdQueries E-learning site.

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Learning punctuation

As part of the English Reading series, we have created a simple game to teach the usage of the question mark and period (full stop).

As with all our games and activities,the games are:

  • Small in duration, with 5-6 screens
  • Allow multiple attempts
  • Have plain background with minimal sounds; to minimize distractions
  • Appreciation is provided after each correct answer

The game works on all devices.