How I Use It
I used Legends to supplement in-class lab activities, to preview content, as a simulation or to extend thinking after a lesson. It is ideal for my regular and ESE students, as well as my english language learners. They enjoy the games, but the most powerful aspect for me is being able to TALK with my students about what they did or what happened during a learning game. I can use that experiential learning as a springboard to more long-lasting concept attainment. I also sometimes walk through the games with them as part of my lesson, and they play along on their own device.
My advanced students often find the games to be a little too easy, so I always include a custom assessment at the end of a game or playlist to challenge them. It's really critical that you play through the game & think about how you can integrate the gameplay into your lessons. Some games work better than others. I also offer the games as extra credit from time to time in order to extend their learning/thinking. For my regular and lower level learners, Legends is quite engaging and they definitely sustain their focus and learn more with it than without it!