SmashFact app 1.2 is here!

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Just in time for the start of the new school year, SmashFact app 1.2 now supports longer questions and answers.

Once students update their SmashFact app they will now be allowed to skip levels and to add more than one activity from the same teacher or from different teachers.

 

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Come Prepared for Class with SmashFact

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SmashFact helps your students better prepare for the in-class activities

Instead of spending your valuable class time reviewing the basics of a subject, give your students the tools to learn and study this type of content on their own. This opens up more time for discussions, activities, and project work–the type of complex learning where students need your support the most.

Smashing Suggestion: Structure your levels by each week’s discussion, activity, or project topic, and include the facts and vocab students will need to know to participate. Then, ask the students to play just those levels before coming to next week’s class.

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Ideas for Structuring Your SmashFact Game Levels

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By difficulty, by topic, by chapter or week…be creative!

Levels make up the main structure of your SmashFact activity, and there are endless possibilities for organizing them. Here are a couple ideas:

  • By difficulty: Design the lower levels with easier questions and the higher levels with more difficult challenges.
  • By topic: Organize the levels by similar content–mixing easy and hard questions in each level. For example, in an art class, levels could be: “Name the Artist” or “Name the Style”; for music class, levels could be: “Identify the Solo Instrument” or “Name the Year.”
  • By chapter or week: Does your curriculum follow a text book or lecture series? Use the chapter structure or sections of the series to form the levels. For example, the levels could be: “Chapter 1” or “Introduction to Communication.”

Smashing Suggestion: One SmashFact activity can have up to 32 levels. In your first activity, use the 32 to experiment with different structures to see what works best for you and your students. Also, instead of making separate activities for the same class, use levels to separate the type or cognitive difficulty of the content.

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