Solid practice for blood typing

Submitted 10 years ago
Christine  T.
Christine T.
Media Specialist
K–12 school
My Rating

My Take

Nobel Prize's Blood Typing Game is a practical application game for students learning about blood typing. The game itself offers two experiences--one just for fun, and one, "a mission" wherein students receive a variety of scenarios in which they must save the patient by typing and transfusing blood. The mission requires that students set up an account; they also receive scores which could be screen shot and turned in as a formative assessment.

Although the game is fairly intuitive to use, students will have to have command of blood-typing vocabulary in order to understand the

tutorials (which are all about blood and NOT the game). Students can also simply click through the blood types until they get the right one (that's what I did) without any negative "game" consequences. Overall, when live blood donors are not an option, the mission section of the game offers practice (with twins and multiple-person injuries) that, while a bit staid, will give students an understanding of how blood typing works in the real world.

How I Use It

A teacher could use the Blood Typing Game in a variety of ways. As the game is all about practical application, students in a whole class setting could practice typing blood if the concepts were pre-taught (the tutorials may be a bit erudite for students with lower level reading skills or ELL students). As an enrichment for TAG students, a teacher could let them read the tutorials and play or their own. I would even consider grouping the kids--let them play the mission and see which group comes up with the highest score.