How I Use It
Rote memorization of random facts is checked in this game. The only practical classroom application is for students who need to know the locations of that 50 state capitals or the capitals of countries around the world. This was one of the optional games my students could download on their own devices to practice the capitals when we learned about the United States. Even if they do not know the exact location of the capital, they still earn many points by locating the state correctly. After each prompt, the game shows the correct answer and stats. Great answers also prompt the player to save the image as a screenshot. Students liked being able to share their impressive scores. Students like the competitive element, but are frustrated by the complexity of most of the levels. They are unaware of world sporting events, music, and entertainment that took place before they were born. There are hints built in during play; you can click on a joker a see a circle of possible locations. Some students play the game by not trying to learn, just trying to play the system. They just randomly click and do not learn anything.
Georific provides a tutorial that walks the user through play features. Many of the features were common sense for students to figure out. There are two modes of playing - either single player or multiplayer. Other game options include the topic of the trivia: World Capitals, USA Capitals, general, history, entertainment, sports, and music. Everything except the capitals was challenging to me as an adult on the intermediate level, so it would be even more so for students. There is a caution for classroom use. The app crashes and occasionally has to be reinstalled. Students often choose to not reinstall something that is not working because memory space is valuable on their devices.