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Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


Started by Christina Shepherd in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 26, 2017. 1 Reply

How does implementation help you out throughout the year? I am curious to know what things have worked for you and what things have not worked for you through an implementation standard.  Continue

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19, 2017. 74 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17, 2017. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

Tags: 5, top




MYSTERY BOX - The Most Exciting PPT Game I've Ever Used!

So one day I was planning to play an existing PPT game with my students, but when I tried opening it, it wouldn't function (since I'm a Mac user, and macros don't work). Thus, I ended up having to improvise with no macros, drastically changing around the rules and format with all of my high school classes until an entirely new game developed. I have been tweaking the game the past couple of months, and seemed to have stumbled onto a winning formula - I now call it Mystery Box. It's not a macro game - you just go straight through the slides, but my high school guys GO CRAZY when they play this game (more so than any other game I've used with them).

The rules are very basic - they identify the vocabulary word that the photo is showing (or you could use a question instead), and first team to answer gets to decide whether to keep the unknown contents of the mystery box, or give them to another team of their choosing. The contents may be positive points, negative points, or other items that drastically change the outcome of the game (e.g. "Trade your score with another team," "Multiply your score by -2," etc.).


Believe me, if you try this game with your students - the classroom will ERUPT with cheers, screams, etc. Since it's not a macro game, the game is more predictable (for the teacher, that is), in that the points escalate and as the game nears an end, the leading and trailing teams will change many times - no team is ever "out" of the running. That being said, if you play it too frequently with your students they'll start to predict it, too - so it's best to use it sparingly.


This game was only developed for educational use - I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine have!


J. Morken

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I finally got this template downloaded but I get an error message saying that microsoft can't read the outline for this file type. Any ideas?



You are using PPT 2007 right?   I think it is because it isn't operating in "compatibility mode" (this presentation is in 2003). 


Here are some instructions to convert using pptx 2007. Might help. Presentation/game works fine for me. Just a few typo/formatting things I fixed myself. 

oh, btw - I used a somewhat unusual font called "Synchro LET" - if you don't install it on your computer then you'll probably need to do some reformatting with the replacement font (I think it won't look nearly as cool without Synchro LET)

Amazing game - thank you so much.  My classes too were full of screams and cheers.  I have adapted and used it with F2, F3  and F6. It's also so easy to add different sets of images / questions and to inject a lot of learning at the same time as having loads of fun esp for learning key vocabulary for beginners.
Thanks David, I got it to work properly.
this game is BOMB

This is AWESOME!! All my students really enjoyed playing this game. Thank you so much!^^

Is there a link to the download of this ppt game?



Thanks for the note.  Holy Crow Batman - I've been working with technicians transferring and doing stuff with the Resources forum. Lots of problems and hours of calls etc...

Seems now, all the attachments to initial discussions in the Resources forum are gone. God. Please be patient and its back on the phone to these guys servicing the files and servers. One big screw up after the next - I'll reply back here when fixed. 


Yes, we've restored the files that are the last thing to do with recent maintenance.  Should be full steam ahead with resources and making for a better experience to find things (I now can build some additional things, now that basic architecture for files is in place). 

thanks everyone for your patience!


No problem.  I'm new to the EFL community and thought I just missed seeing it.  Thanks for the quick reply and resolution.

Hey always appreciate when people tell me what's wrong (however busy I am!). The contact button is doing the job wonderfully too. 

But in this case, it came after a major upgrade of our file system (you can't believe how many tens of thousands of files we actually house here!) - got me screaming at the engineers to get this fixed. Wasn't just this resource discussion. So thx. The powerpoint is there now. I"ll have to upload this to our PPT directory and also got to build a whole new directory of categories - the old one was wiped out....

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