Free Rice – online edugaming for goodness sake.

freericeFree Rice is simple, doesn’t require you to login and does three good things: Improves English vocab; Is Fun (in a computery addictive sort of way); Helps with world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

It’s a game based on how good your vocab is. Every time you get a question right the advertisers donate 10 grains of rice and the next definition they ask you for is harder.

Should it stay this simple or evolve? A competition element could be added which would require you to login but also allows you to compete with friends on a social network. This may make your more valuable to the advertisers and hence help generate more free rice.
At the moment the advertising is low key and non of the companies worry or offend me. So could/should this be applied in our schools? Perhaps a chemistry free rice or history free rice?

Try it and tell me what you think.

Thanks to John, Steve and Jules for alerting me to this on Facebook.

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