Thanksgiving is upon us once again, and with that, a time to recognize those things we are most thankful for. Here are some of the things we appreciate the most in Wizard101:
Mana and Health Wisps
Those red and blue wisps sure are beautiful floating around the Spiral. And not only that—they are mighty helpful as well. We all know you don’t have time to wait around for your health to build up–you’ve got Bosses to defeat and quests to complete! Luckily, wisps are there to help get you back in the game ASAP and build you to your best potential for combat.
Teleporting to a Friend
Making your way to a certain spot to meet up with some friends? Fortunately for you, you don’t have to travel all the way there (even though riding on your favorite mount through the Spiral may be convincing enough skip the teleport J). The ‘teleporting to a friend’ feature will bring you right there in no time, letting you jump right into the action without wasting any time.
Sometimes you just need a little back up. When things don’t go as planned and you’re deep into a dungeon, leaving to revamp your health just isn’t an option—your team needs you! Thankfully, a few full potion bottles can go a long way and keep you vitalized throughout the fights. Don’t forget to fill them up before it’s too late! (speaking of which, who’s thankful for the Potion Motion mini-game!?)
True Friend Codes
How awesome is it that you can connect to your real life best friends in Wizard101? There are few things more fun than leveling up and taking on the Spiral with your bestie. An added perk is all of the help you can count on from your friends. Any time you need some assistance through a quest or are having trouble beating a particularly tough Boss, you can call up your friend for some help in the game!
Have you downloaded Grub Guardian yet? What are you waiting for?! Leveling up your pets or gaining Wizard101 prizes on the go cannot be beat. Head to app store and download Grub Guardian so you can level up those pets even when you can’t be at home.
Two words: Free. Crowns. Does it get any better than that? Just head to FreeKIGames.com, log into your Wizard101 account, choose the Trivia tab and get to playing! Each grade of a 75% or higher on a quiz earns you 10 FREE Crowns, up to 10 quizzes a day. Come back daily and keep winning! (Don’t forget all the other ways you have to earn free Crowns too.)
Which things in Wizard101 are you most thankful for? Let us know in the comments below! Happy Thanksgiving :)
Parents and teachers don’t always approve of online games for kids. In fact, many believe games to be a distraction from what’s important—namely, education. But gaming and learning don’t have to be at odds with each other. Over the past few years, a rising number of educators have begun to recognize gamified teaching methods’ potential for boosting student engagement and performance, particularly in an age when technology plays a larger part in daily life than ever before.
“Games are … uniquely suited to fostering the skills necessary for navigating a complex, interconnected, rapidly changing 21st century,” observed Alan Gershenfeld of the Arizona State University’s Center for Games and Impact, as quoted by Scientific American.
Why integrate online educational games into the curriculum?
Gaming can benefit kids by cultivating several different types of skills that prove useful in the classroom and beyond:
- Critical thinking and problem-solving: Traditional teaching methods sometimes fall short in terms of driving students to face challenges head-on and identify potential solutions. Seventh-grade English teacher John Fallon, who created an alternate reality game to teach his students about “The Odyssey,” observed that some of the most engaged players were individuals who weren’t usually motivated in his class, MindShift reported.
- Literacy: A study by the Education Development Center and SRI International found preschoolers taught using a curriculum that included video games had superior literacy skills to their more traditionally educated peers.
- Socialization: According to the Pew Research Center’s recently released “Teens, Technology and Friendships” report, more than half (52 percent) of all teens play video games with their friends, and of those teen gamers, 83 percent play together in person.
Breaking down the numbers
A 2014 report by the Games and Learning Publishing Council took a look at how nearly 700 K-8 teachers are using free online educational games and other types of digital learning tools in the classroom. It turns out that tech-based teaching methods are more common—and more successful—than people might think. Here are just a few of the findings from the report:
- More than half of students (55 percent) use digital games in the classroom on at least a weekly basis.
- Online educational games for kids can be played alone, in pairs, in small groups, collaboratively as a class and even as homework. In short, they facilitate both individualized and social learning.
- Almost half of teachers (47 percent) reported that integrating digital games into the curriculum had benefited low-performing students the most. What’s more, 55 percent said offering motivational incentives for students who typically struggle in the classroom was gaming’s most valuable quality.
- Teachers are most likely to choose games to use in the classroom based on other teachers’ recommendations. Many educators are also drawn to games that come with a performance-tracking component to monitor students’ progress.
Gamified teaching methods are being used by schools to hone critical skills, motivate disengaged learners and improve overall educational performance. Teachers and parents eager to get students interested in learning often try to direct them away from gaming and toward studying, but blending the two may actually be a more successful approach.
Rise & Destroy has been released worldwide, and we could not be more excited for everyone to play! Read on for some tips to get you started smashing with the best of them:
Look over the city before you begin your destruction
Before you press the big green play button to begin each city, you can drag the screen around to get a first glimpse at the challenge you are facing. This is very helpful for planning out a route of attack, especially when you’re doing everything you can to keep your destruction combo throughout the entire city.
Complete Monster Cup Challenges
Once you’ve mastered a 3 star rating for a city, you will unlock the “Monster Cup Challenge.” This is an opportunity to play the same level again to gain even more coins while you prove your domination over that level. These challenges can range from “Don’t drop your combo”, to “Don’t collect health buildings”, to “Only use Frankie” and everything in between!
Read the objective for each city
At the top right hand corner of your screen, you will find your goal for each city before you begin. While some of them tell you to “Destroy Everything,” others don’t require each building to be demolished. If you are racing against the clock or the laser wall, the best plan of attack may be to leave some structures standing and focus on the bigger clusters of buildings.
Those humans sure can be annoying! While you’re busy conquering buildings, humans and their weapons will sneak up on you and diminish your health, forcing you to take focus away from your main task to extinguish them. Luckily, Creeplings are here to help take the humans down. Each color of Creepling focuses on a specific type of human effort—use the right Creepling at the right time for the most help. Once you unlock the ability to use Creepling assistance, don’t forget to replenish your supply before you begin each level!
Collect Health Buildings
Have you seen those hamburger-looking buildings scattered throughout the different cities? They can be pretty helpful when your health is running low! Demolish those buildings to replenish your health when running dangerously low. If your health is already full, these special buildings won’t help you. Be mindful of not destroying these buildings if your Monster Cup Challenge requires no health buildings. If your health is already full, it’s sometimes beneficial to save these buildings for later in the level just in case you need them.
Check out how different buildings fall
Tapping on a building will show you how that specific one will fall when you destroy it. Some structures will take out everything around it, causing a domino effect and letting you continue on while they destroy themselves. Others will only fall in the direction you push them, and some will not take any others down with them. Use this to your benefit to be able to continue rampaging while buildings fall—it can help you hold onto your combo and earn the highest score possible!
Use your Monster’s powers
Each monster has his or her own special elemental power that can help take out whole clusters of buildings with a single blow. Whether it’s Fire, Volt, or Ice, each power can be used to destroy multiple configurations at a time. Try out each power on a cluster of buildings, and let us know which one is your favorite!
Have you discovered some other helpful tips? Tell us in the comments below!