Bingo! We know that playing bingo can be great fun as well as being a valuable learning experience at the same time.
In my previous post, I said that we would look at links and actions in PowerPoint. I think the best way to do that is by creating an interactive bingo board. With an interactive bingo board, you can review recent vocabulary, grammar points and topics in a variety of different ways.
This video will give you an idea of what you can produce.
This example video shows a challenge card, a multiple choice question card and a picture question. But you are not limited by these choices. Presenting this game in a digital medium allows you to incorporate video and audio based questions.
If you are interested in making your own bingo game, visit the downloads page and download BINGO.pptx .
When you open the file you will see the bingo board and three example question slides. Squares 1, 7 and 13 have been linked to these question slides. Copy a question slide and create a link to it from the bingo board. Personalize your own interactive bingo board!
Watch the video below for a brief introduction to linking and actions.
Fast Forward, Pause, Rewind, and Play the video as much as you want.
Resize the video by clicking on the arrows in the bottom right corner.
The video shows PowerPoint 2013.
Playing the game
You will need to give your students some blank bingo cards. I created this BLANK BINGO TEMPLATE in MS Word by inserting a 5×5 table.
The students can then write the numbers 1-24 in any order. If your students are working as a group, either give them one blank bingo card for the group or give one bingo card to each student, but tell them they have to have the same numbers in the same order.
Tip: Press ‘B’ during the presentation and the screen will turn black. Press ‘B’ again and your presentation will continue.
This will prevent your students from copying the order of the numbers on the screen.
Now you’re ready to go!
Your students can select their numbers by touching the screen if you have an interactive whiteboard (IWB). Alternatively, the students can call out numbers if you use a projector or laptop/tablet display. If a student answers their question correctly, they and all the other students in the class can cross that number off. The first student to make a line shouts BINGO!
Hope you have some fun.