Kindergarten Teacher


Playing 20 Questions Live Via Google Docs


Yesterday my class got to collaborate, or in their eyes play, with twitter friends from Montana. I talked with @JonFines about our classes playing twenty questions together and found out they play that game in their class so it was a perfect match. We used this template to play the game and everything worked perfect. We played one game with Jon’s class asking the questions and then later in the day played again with my class asking the questions. Since we both teach Kindergarten the teachers did all the typing but for upper grades I think the kids could do that part. The game took about 15-20 minutes to complete and my kids were engaged both times. This activity is great for young kids as they learn how to ask questions and really promotes higher order thinking. It takes a lot of brain power to listen to friends asking questions and then formulate ideas based on the answers. If you want to “see” what it looked like I captured a video of the google doc (bottom of page, I sped up the video so you could see it happen faster.)

If you look at the image below you can see that these “games” do in fact lead to learning. My kids have learned so much about digital citizenship, collaboration, and geography through these connections. I hope you will give it a try! If 20 questions is not for you we have also played live games of Tic-Tac-Toe and Connect Four with Google Docs

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5 Responses to Playing 20 Questions Live Via Google Docs

  1. Avra Wing says:

    What an amazing idea! Great use of Google Docs! I used this game when I taught Kindergarten in 1998. LOOK at how far we’ve come! May I share this on my professional development website for my staff? (I’m the tech coach/coordinator for a small district in Illinois now.) Thanks!

  2. Ellen Adams says:

    We just played this with our twitter friends from Michigan! Super fun. Thanks for the idea!

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