I came across UMapper a while back, but didn’t realize that you can create a map-based game without even registering! Here is how it works:
- Go to UMapper and click on ‘Start Mapping’.
- Give the game a title and a description. Choose a map type (this can be changed later) and click on ‘Templates’ to list your options.
- Click on ‘GeoDart Game’ and then click on ‘Submit’.
- A map will load and you will be able to zoom in or out using the controls provided. On the right-hand side, click on an object such as the marker tool.
- Find a spot you would like to add and click on it using the marker tool. A marker will appear with a tool set beside it. You can make this tool set disappear by moving your mouse and reappear by hovering over the marker again.
- Bring up the tool set by hovering over the marker. Click on ‘Info Window Content’ and a dialog box will appear. In the top box, type in your first question or statement related to that spot such as ‘The capital of Canada’ or ‘Where is the capital of Canada?’ and click on ‘submit’.
- Keep adding markers until you are finished. Once you are done, click on ‘Save’ and then click on ‘Exit Editor’.
- The game will appear. To start playing, click on ‘Play’.
- A time bar will appear at the top with the first question. Click on the spot where you think the answer is and it will give you a score. After a quick pause, the next question will appear. This continues until the game is over.
- Below the game map, there is a shareable URL to invite others to play.
I think this could be really great for teaching geography in the English classroom. Students have to be quick in locating the places, but they will get faster with more practice.
Have you used UMapper before? How well did it work for you? Please add your comments below, send me a Tweet at @nathanghall, or email me using the contact form on this webpage. Thanks!