Teacher Review for The Electric Company Party Game: Lost on Prankster Planet

Digital Game Board for Families or Groups to Play on one iPad: Fun and Entertaining!

Lisa S.
Technology Integration Specialist
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
This game app requires at least 2 students, but no more than 4. Players share the iPad as a "game board" style play progresses. Players spin a virtual spinner and move through a virtual game board landing no various individual and team challenges that include drawing, charades, team guessing games, survey team memebers. Skills required are appropriate for upper elementary grades. Some reading is required, though audio support is usually provided. While students could take part in this game without adult supervision, there is also a chance for students to get off task since the app doesn't really always assess accuracy of the task assigned...sometimes it requires a live "judge." Once the students played the game a couple of times, questions were repeated. However, the open-ended nature of the question still allowed for the game to remain fun. For example one task that was repeated in two different games was Think of a Fruit You Peel and have your team mates guess which fruit.
My Take
While students could take part in this game without adult supervision, there is also a chance for students to get off task since the app doesn't really always assess accuracy of the task assigned...sometimes it requires a live "judge." So it would be best to have an adult or responsible student take part whose role is to act as judge. The questions encouraged a social interaction between the team mates that I found refreshing in a digital-style game. Collaboration rather than competition is the goal. There was little academic focus, though, so it would be more of a free-time or indoor recess type activity in my eyes. After school programs or groups with social goals would find value in it and especially I think it would be fun for families to enjoy together. Wholesome and entertaining!