Smarty Pins – Google Map Game

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A fun online game that will help your students learn geography, history, and search skills. (This game works on a computer or a mobile device!)


Smarty Pins Game!

  1. Go to: http://smartypins.withgoogle.com/
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  2. Click the “Start a game now” button
    Optional – Click “Select a category” to filter the type of questions.
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  3. When the game loads, you’ll see the question on the left.
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  4. Grab the pin and drag it to the correct location on the map.
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  5. Click the “Submit Answer” button.
    Note 1 – If you submit the answer within 15 seconds, you get a bonus!
    Note 2 – After 15 seconds, a hint will appear under the question.

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  6. You start the game with 1000 miles. If you get the answer right, you keep all of your miles; If you “miss”,  the miles are subtracted from your total. (See the “Miles Remaining” guage under the question.
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  7. Keep answering questions until you win – or until you use all of your miles.

Classroom Variations:

  • Play as a whole class using a projector and screen or interactive whiteboard. Students (individuals or teams) can take turns coming up to the front to answer the questions.
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  • Use the game as a Google research exercise. When the question appears, students quickly “Google” for the answer.
    Note – They might want to use Google Maps to figure out where to put the pin.
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  • Have the students work in pairs. Each student should have a computer or mobile device. The students work together – using one computer to play the game, and the other one to do the research.

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