The Gregory Brothers are famous for their viral videos, and their latest video shows the brothers playing Wikiwars; a wikipedia search game. To win a WikiWars round, a player must click from one specific Wikipedia article to another using only links within Wikipedia articles.
We were thinking how this would be a great game in the classroom for kids to learn lateral thinking, vocabulary development and online searching techniques. Not only does it add a competitive gaming element to learning, but it helps kids learn new vocabulary.
We thought up some wikiwars suggestions for the classroom:
‘The Renaissance’ to ‘Lasagne’
‘Dominican Republic’ to ‘Javan Rhinocerous
‘Invertebrate’ to ‘Boy Scouts of America’
‘Polar Ice Pack’ to ‘Biochemistry’
According to the video ‘Victory requires mental focus, precise clicking, a surprisingly large need for a knowledge of geography, and the ability to not start hyperventilating.’
Have you any other wikiwars ideas? Let us know in the comments below.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.