Strengths of Card Games Compact Playable anywhere Mastered quickly Played quickly Good for reinforcing facts, classification, simple relationships
Limitations of Card Games Cant be used for higher level objectives If not designed carefully, could be played for fun without learning Producing more than one deck takes careful planning (use of database or page layout program) and tedious assembly
Example: Krill Used to teach ocean food chains Simple relationships: what it eats, and what eats it
The Algebra Game Rummy-like game in which combinations of equations and their graphs are matched and discarded. http://www.mathstudio.com/product.htm
Mental Disorder Educational satire of the mental health profession. Players diagnose each other. http://www.mentaldisorder.com/
Planetaire Rummy-like game that can also be played like solitaire. http://www.homestargames.com/product.htm
Nanofictionary Players combine and recombine Settings, Characters, Problems and Resolutions to create the best story they can, while other players mix things up with wacky Action cards. http://www.wunderland.com/LooneyLabs/Nanofictionary/Index.html
Example: Triangle Object: to put down triads of cards that represent sides and angles of triangles
Native American Rummy Each card represents an historically important Native American.
Categories of Card Games Bridge/Whist Poker/Rummy Happy Families/Snap Patience Solitaire
Bridge/Whist Emphasis on winning tricks Suits have relative strengths Sometimes involves pairs as partners Sometimes involves bidding Its not easy to create educational games in this format!
Poker/Rummy Emphasis on building a pattern of cards and discarding them Patterns can be based on suits or ranks or both (e.g., three of a kind, flush, straight) Applicable to wide range of content involving categories and ranking within categories
Happy Families/Snap Mostly childrens games Simple relationships (e.g. greater than) Sometimes involves element of speed Typical educational use: drilling simple relationships
Patience/Solitaire Players start with a pattern of cards and work to an end state with a different pattern Could be used educationally to represent complex interrelationships among elements
Melding Content & Game Structures RanksDifferences in power, size, etc. SuitsCategories TrumpMore potent category Card to avoidUndesirable element Wild cardOutlier Groupings (e.g. face cards) Natural groupings (e.g., noble gases)