Skribbl.io is a website that allows people to play Pictionary on separate machines together. The way it works is that you can either join a public lobby or create a private lobby for you and your students to enjoy a game of Pictionary together. You would host a private lobby by first entering a name, can be anything you like, in the Enter your name box, choose whether you want the game in English or German, click the green Play! button to play in a public lobby, or click Create Private Room to make your own private lobby. Once you are in you can copy the private link and share it with students on a google doc or they can copy it from your screen on a Smartboard or projected screen. Once everyone is in the lobby you can start the game. The player who has his/her turn chooses a word, they attempt to draw it, and everyone else competes to guess the word by typing what they think the word is in the chat box and then it goes on to next player, and so on. You can also change the number of rounds you want per game. It goes from 2 all the way to 10 rounds per game.
This tool helps support students learning in various subjects in their school. It specially supports Language Arts in the sense that it can help students learn new words and spell word correctly. Rather than having students memorize a few words and giving them the traditional spelling quizzes, they can learn to spell without having to stress about a quiz or spend time at home memorizing, instead the can do so in a fun way with the cooperation with their peers and teacher using a Pictionary game. It can help with creativity in Visual Arts class. Yes, it may not be the best way to practice Visual Arts, but it could be a great way to introduce students to Visual Arts and creativity.
In this blog post, I will try to provide an alternative interpretation of the game in terms of the Bayes’ Rule learned in this class (as this might give some clue to how AI guessers may work for this game). Let “word” and “picture” represent the current word we want to guess and the picture that is already drawn. Then a simple application of Bayes’ Rule states that
On a first day of school, this website can be used as an activity for students to interact with one another and the teacher. It may break the barrier of stress and worry about the school during the first day of school. Students can be working in groups to play and hence it allows them to get to know each other and have fun together. In a Language Arts class, students can be practicing their spelling using this tool without even realizing they are working on their spelling while they are being engaged in the activity. In a Visual Arts class, Students can be practicing their drawing and creativity while they are being entertained and engaged.
What went well for me while using Pictionary is all students got really into it and got engaged. They did not want to stop playing and asked me whether they can play again. I noticed an improvement of students spelling and creativity in assignments and projects over time. Students got along with each other just fine during the game and they were all happy to be apart of the classes where they got to play the game. I think what went well for students as well, is that they learned new words and when they didn’t know how to spell something they took the time to look it up on google and tried to find the correct spelling on their own. Students managed to find new creative ways that are different from one another to display or represent words that I personally never thought of representing in that way before. You don’t need to be a teacher to host this for students. Students can go home and continue playing it with their classmates as they please.
Skribbl.io Unblocked Games
Recently, the online game skribbl.io has been used in various social events. The idea of this game is that one of the players is given a word, and the player draws a picture that illustrates the word. The other players then try to guess the word, given the length of the word and the picture. The goal for both sides is to guess (or let other people guess) the word correctly based on the picture.
There are a few ways I could’ve made this better. First of, skribbl.io only allows 8 people per lobby. Therefore, it is hard to play as a whole class activity. Yes, it is nice that students can be split into groups of 8 and have them compete with their group member per table, but if the teacher wanted to play with the entire class it is not easy to do. The teacher may play with a group that has less than 8 people, but then other groups would want to play with the teacher as well. To be able to play with the entire class, you will have to find another way of hosting a Pictionary game. Another potential problem with skribbl.io is that it supports competition. I know competition is sometimes better to have students want to get the first place, but it is also not always the best. If you were planning on making it a fun activity for everyone to get along and be friends with one another, a competition setting may not be the best way to approach that plan. I have noticed that skribbl.io also repeats words more often than other platforms, so I would recommend finding another way to do this activity with the students. I know there was a tool called Draw My Thing which would’ve been my first choice for Pictionary; however, that is shutdown now and I couldn’t find any websites that hosted it other than the one I used to use before. You will need to monitor for appropriate language and appropriate names as students enter the names on the website, as both the name and the chat box allow for any words to be used without any restrictions.
Skribbl.io can be accessed from here. What makes this tool even better and well worth looking into, is that it is completely free of charge and anyone can host a private game.
Finally, I will note that many of the above strategies are similar to what I’ve seen in some of the posts by people who have played the game for many times.  Thus, a Bayesian view of the guessing process is actually useful when deciding how to play these social games.