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Change a Q&A pair, add levels, change an image–your students will always see the latest version of your activity
Every time your students launch their SmashFact app they will see the latest version of your activity. This allows you to build your activity as the semester progresses, rather than in one sitting. It also means you can go back in and modify any of the content used in your SmashFact activity.
Smashing Suggestion: With the semester coming to an end soon, challenge your students by adding in additional bonus levels.
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Getting the SmashFact app is easy for students–just download it from any app store.
One of the best things about the SmashFact app is that it is designed for mobile devices. Students can play SmashFact activities on-the-go with the app installed on their phone or tablet. There is no signing up necessary, just tell them to head to one of the app stores listed below:
If a student prefers to play SmashFact on their desktop, or if you are interested in purchasing the SmashFact app for your classroom computers, visit our Britt Carr Interactive Learning Shop to download SmashFact Student Version for Desktop.
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It’s officially Autumn now and already time to start thinking about midterm exams
How do you help your students prepare for midterms? Do you provide practice tests? A list of the vocabulary terms? Do students dread studying from these types of aids?
With SmashFact you can easily turn these static documents into fun, interactive mobile games that help your students study. They will love racing the clock and advancing levels, all while experiencing greater retention of the important information.
Smashing Suggestion: If you have a static study aid that you think would be a great SmashFact game, but don’t have the time to make it, contact us. Our team can help get it into your students’ hands in time to study for midterms.
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Upperclassmen build SmashFact games for introductory courses
SmashFact offers a new kind of tutoring that benefits both sides–plus it is a lot more fun! Have your upperclassmen create SmashFact games for students in the introductory courses.
The upperclassmen benefit from:
- reviewing the content
- learning how to create an assessment
- and designing a mobile game (who wouldn’t want to do that for an assignment?)
The students in the introductory classes benefit from having an engaging, interactive way to learn and study the fundamental concepts of the subject.
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SmashFact v.1.2 now supports longer questions and answers as well as Spanish characters
We heard many requests from Educators, like yourself, to increase the number of characters allowed per question and answer in a SmashFact activity. So, we have spent the past couple months researching and testing ideal font sizes for mobile devices (since we have seen that most students play SmashFact on their tablet or phone). Now, when you edit your activities, you will notice that a question can be up to 90 characters and the answer/distractors up to 95 (we have included a handy character counter to help keep track).
We have not only expanded the questions and answers, SmashFact now supports Western character sets for foreign languages. We have found that the audio feature in SmashFact makes it a great tool for studying foreign language, and the image feature makes Asian and Arabic languages possible as well.
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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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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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