## Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ackh! In the process of updating my homework website further, I thought I'd add a "games" link that showed some fun thinking/math/logic games. Well, of course I had to try them out to see what I was linking. .... Too many hours later, I'm addicted to 2 I found at http://www.coolmath-games.com/ : "walls logic" and "bloxorz". The first has you building diagonal walls on each of the tiles in a grid, and you can't form loops, and you have to follow "# of walls rules" for certain intersections. The second has 33 levels, and you basically move a brick around to get it in a hole. ... Okay, must stop playing and go do other things.

On a side note, as I was trying the new games, I found myself getting blurry eyed just reading all the instructions, and I just wanted to jump in and test the waters instead of reading about it. Hmmmm, sounds familiar. So now I'll try to think of each school lesson in a new way: how can the students get started right away doing something and then learning what they need to know about it at various stages of the class.

1. Anonymous4:45 PM

ok, I got under 100,000. Addictive indeed.

2. Anonymous6:42 PM

I'm fixated on getting to level 33 in the other game. So far I'm at 19, so maybe before school starts I can end this thing ... and look at the "wall" time. I don't think I'm that fast.

3. sam shah8:45 AM

You are soooooooo terrible! I think bloxorz is the devil! I love love love it.

(Wait, did I just basically say I love the devil?)

4. Simon5:33 PM

Thanks for the tip on Bloxorz. I tried it with my Grade 7's today and they loved it. They even went off and played it at lunchtime. Good reaction for an edutainment site.

5. Anonymous8:41 PM

Welllll, I don't know if you want to know this, but "gem swap 2" is also fun (plus others, but we won't go there).

Excuse me while I go do some "research" on other games on the site.