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Do you think the Free Rice game is appropriate for class?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Waiguoren, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren New commenter

    I have a question about appropriate content, and I'd really appreciate some opinions.
    I discovered the Free Rice website in 2008 (here is the website http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1466 and here is Wikipedia explaining all about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freerice )
    I loved it! It was a great idea and perfect for classrooms. Basically, you answer questions and the money your viewing pages makes pays for 10 grains of rice per answer to be donated to a food charity. It has many different subjects, it's highly differentiatable and in fact differentiates itself according to your answers, and you can use it to learn about loads of sites. the children can enjoy logging up answers, they can learn, and they can get the experience of really donating to charity. There is a video where they can see bags of Free Rice being delivered to hungry people around the world.
    However, the site was revamped (Free Rice 2.0) and I stopped using it because I was a bit worried about it - it now has links to Facebook and Twitter, people can create their own accounts, and I'm not sure about the ads that are being placed on the website - if they are entirely appropriate for me to use in a class.
    I did a bit of research and I did find some examples of schools using Free Rice to teach with:
    http://www.schools.com/news/join-schools-in-taking-a-stand-against-world-hunger
    http://teaching.monster.com/benefits/articles/6221-new-and-improved-free-rice
    http://www.brighthubeducation.com/teaching-methods-tips/19464-freerice-com-for-teachers/
    http://link.sd54.org/snottoli/2012/01/06/free-rice-website/
    What do you think? do you think it's appropriate to use in class? Because if other schools are, and it is appropriate, I would love to!
    Thanks in advance for replies!
     
  2. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren New commenter

    If anyone would be able to look at the website and just tell me if they'd be happy to use it in their classroom or not, I'd be very grateful.
     
  3. ROSIEGIRL

    ROSIEGIRL Senior commenter

    I've seen Free Rice before but it never ocurred to me to use it in class. Have just had another look, with your question in mind.
    The Twitter/Facebook stuff doesn't bother me as our LEA server blocks those anyway. In fact, it might block Free Rice too, as it's reasoning is a bit random!
    Personally I wouldn't use it in class as I don't think the kids (Y5/6) would get that much from it and could probably do something more useful/relevant with the time. (I also don't like the Americanisms in there (holler, hooky, mortician) and I disagree with their definition of 'fanfare' as 'hullabaloo'!)
    So not for me. But maybe your children are different? You know them!

     
  4. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren New commenter

    Thanks, Rosiegirl! The main thing I wanted to know was if anybody would object to it being used. Americanisms don't bother me as I work in an international school.
    That is a good point about some of the definitions, though! There are certainly better websites for giving educational value for time invested, but I like the idea of the children competing to donate to charity and expanding awareness of the world they live in. Also the maths sections look very useful, and I like the way it retests you on answers you got wrong.
     

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