Are your students obsessed with video games like mine? Are you looking for more ways to use their interests in your speech room to keep them motivated and engaged in working on their speech goals?
Here are 3 ways to incorporate video games in your lessons without actually playing a video game! Way number one is Mysterydoug. It’s a free site and all you need is login information. Also, if you share it with multiple people you get access to the archives. One of the videos is “How are video games made?” I use this site when working on describing, summarizing, answering higher-level thinking questions, note-taking strategies…..anything that you’re working on, you can utilize this video or any video on this site! Your students can use what they already know about the video games they play to answer questions.
The next one is a free article from Time for Kids called “Hooked on Games.” It talks about things like are video games okay, hooked on games, and mental health. This is a great one for your older kids who are really working on those reading skills, note-taking, context clues, and things like that. And if it's too advanced, what you can do is cut it down, put it into a google slide, and simplify it however you need to. You can also have debates with this article which is great if you have social skills students.
The next one can either be the lesson or the reinforcer and it is Kahoot.com. If you go into the discover tab and type “guess the video game” a whole bunch of options come up for all different video games. Some of them even have the old video games that we watched on the “How are video games are made” video, so it all ties in. It elicits conversation and uses their interests to motivate them so it’s a win win!
I hope you found this helpful and it is something fun and engaging that you can use with your students soon! To learn more check out the resources mentioned and this video below!