Last summer when I attended the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Institute in Austin, Chris McGee introduced me to an App called Heads Up. If you’ve never played, it is a fast paced game where the “guesser” holds the iPad up to their forehead and as a word appears on the screen, the other players try to help the “guesser” figure out the word. Once the correct answer is given the player can progress to the next word and so on. We had so much fun playing it that we figured there must be a way to make this game work in the classroom. When I mentioned the idea to fellow ADE Casey Veatch, he brilliantly said – how about Keynote? Yes! All the student would have to do to progress to the next slide was tap the screen.
I set up a simple Keynote with a each slide holding a different vocabulary word and image. Everyone participated and everyone learned. Here is a video of my students playing the game.
If you would like to download a few of my Heads Up Keynotes to modify for your curriculum, you can do so here. (Please note that the images used were found online and used for educational purposes only).