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5 Ways To Use Futaba To Spice Up Your Class

August 4, 2016

As regular readers of ClassTechTips know, I’m a big fan of Futaba Classroom Games. This innovative app by INKids Education lets teachers put into practice all the concepts they have been teaching. While at the same time, the students play an engaging game with their peers.

If you haven’t heard of Futaba Classroom Games, it turns your iPad into a table game for up to four students at a time. They can see a question pop up on a spinner, and then try to choose the correct answer as quickly as possible. The game comes with a large library of questions covering all K-6 subject areas, and perhaps best of all, teachers can make up their own questions, meaning it can be used to reinforce literally any subject matter.

Futaba Classroom Games can make your classroom more productive and fun!

Futaba gives teachers a chance to observe students. They can watch a particular student without having to worry about controlling the class. This lets the teacher observe individual students in action and see what they need to work on, both in terms of social interaction and academic performance.

Futaba lets students review important concepts without even realizing it. Demonstrating a concept is only the first step towards student mastery. Futaba is perfect for helping students review concepts as they play a game with their classmates.

Futaba can be used for as little as 5 minutes at a time. So it’s perfect for moments in your classroom when students work through stations or have time to use devices with partners or small groups in your classroom.

Futaba is completely customizable. The teacher controls the questions the students play with and it’s easy to add original content. This means each Futaba session can contain as many or as few specific concepts as you choose.

Students can play Futaba in teams as competition or collaboration. We often think that each student in a class needs their own device, but Futaba is a great example of a tool where students can share the screen.

If you haven’t tried Futaba in your classroom yet you can learn more by visiting their website!

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