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A-Z of great ideas for the classroom – Buzz Word BINGO

by Nina Jackson on June 15, 2016

Great conversations with great people often spark wonderful ideas.

I was on a long drive back from Surrey last Monday when I had a conversation with my dear friend and colleague Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist about a Keynote I was presenting in Gateshead. We both agreed that a late night Keynote needed a little bit of ‘zing’ – so after some hilarious laughing about a few ideas and then mentioning the ‘eyes down’ approach up sparked the idea of Buzz Word Bingo. Here’s the summary.

Last week I gave a Keynote at ‘Talk of the Tyne’ in Gateshead for @Animate2Educate. I wanted the evening to be full of fun and interaction, so I decided to share the idea of Buzz Word Bingo. I did have another name for it, but I won’t go into that just now!

It was a 9pm slot, and not knowing my audience at the time, I wasn’t sure how they would take to such an activity. But there were prizes. Yes, prizes. And we all love a prize!

Not only were they a fun packed audience but the enthusiastic calls with ‘Buzz Word Bingo’ literally stopped me in my tracks with hysterical laughter. Thanks to Jon Tait @TeamTait for posting these on Twitter in anticipation and excitement that teachers might not know what was in the envelope!

Picture from #Talkonthetyne 2016

Picture from #Talkonthetyne 2016


Picture from #Talkonthetyne 2016

Picture from #Talkonthetyne 2016

Whether you’re a lover of Bingo or not, there are some terrific ways you can use it in the classroom in a variety of ways.

I came across this great site which allows you to create different templates and insert your own text, numbers and so on. I love the different themes too and you can create cards sizes 3×3, 4×4 and 5×5 as well as an Automatic generator.

Here are some of the themes.

You also get the Bingo Caller’s Card for reference and the opportunity to randomly mix the key words.

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Using Buzz Word Bingo in the classroom for revision, assessment, listening skills, literacy, numeracy and so forth is a great way of getting your learners motivated and hooked with reading as well. You can use this across the key stages. I have had ‘A’ Level pupils love it too.

Why not ask them to create some of their own for homework or ‘own work’ as I like to call it.

You can download all the cards as a PDF or you can play on the web. It’s a great tool for the classroom.

Do let me know how you get on won’t you?

Just another simple idea from Nina Jackson @musicmind on A-Z of great ideas for the classroom series. 


Nina JacksonA-Z of great ideas for the classroom – Buzz Word BINGO

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