Website Wednesday

Today I thought I’d share a fun little website that’s quite addictive, but could be adapted to suit classroom learning.

The site is called Akinator, the Web Genius. (Nothing like setting high expectations!)

Akinator is an online ‘game’ that asks you to think of a character. Once you’ve thought of your character, you click play and answer the multiple choice questions that Akinator asks you, in an effort to discover your character.

I was actually quite skeptical at first, but I have to admit, it was kind of fun trying to think of (what I thought) were obscure characters in an effort to stump the genie. (I only stumped it once, but picking a very Australian character from an Aussie children’s book – Mothball, the wombat from Diary of a Wombat.)

Ideas for education:

How fun would it be for students (old and young) to think of a favourite character? It could focused for only book characters, or film characters, etc (depending on your area of study). Alternatively, collectively choose the main character from the current book you’re reading, and use the subsequent questions that Akinator uses to ‘discover’ your character to assess how much your students paid attention?

And, when you come across questions that students don’t know the answer to? Research! Brainstorm (particularly with younger students) how you could find out the answers and then do it.

Honestly, this is a fun little website (also an app/etc) that would be great for book reviews, or to fill in those little breaks that we occasionally have during the day.

Have you used Akinator before? How did you find it?

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