Not So Tiny

One of the things that teachers enjoy is to use game creation as a fun way to engage their students. On the iPad, there don’t appear to be many apps for game creation. TinyTap does stand out.

It is a simple way to create a game using any image. Choose an image, ask a question and mark on the image where the answer is.


I have become quite a fan of this deceptively simple idea. In my work with quite a few groups of teachers, we have been able to find some novel uses of this.

For instance, kindergarten children have used it to make games to identify an object starting with a given alphabet and also for numeracy to identify the correct number of counters. The amazing part is not that the teachers were creating the games for the children to play, instead it has been the children who got involved in arranging objects, taking the photo and then creating these games.

Having to deal with what is the incorrect answer and then when they play each other’s game to further reinforce their learning over and over and in a fun way: these are the powerful features of such an activity.

This past week, a secondary school Biology teacher used it in an introductory lesson about the eye. The aim was to introduce the names of 14 parts of the eye, and previously, this would have meant the teacher introducing each part and then conclude with a simple quiz in which the students would label a picture of the eye. This time, the students were to create games using TinyTap.

As we were planning, the question I had was whether TinyTap would appear too childish for a group of 16 year olds.

When the app was first introduced, there were some squeals about how cutesy the game looked. But soon as the game creation started, the level of engagement was wonderful. These students also enjoyed going through their classmate’s games.

The childish interface did not seem to be a problem at all.

In an end of the lesson assessment using Skitch, the teacher found that on average, the students were able to get 10 of the 14 parts correctly labelled. He was impressed.

So am I.


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3 Responses to Not So Tiny

  1. Hi Moses!
    Thanks for this great mention of TinyTap!
    We are always so excited to hear about how TinyTap is helping teachers communicate with students in new and creative ways.
    We were thrilled to find that the students were actually teenagers- It’s great to see that TinyTap has no age.
    Thanks again!

    The TinyTap Team


  2. Hi Moses,

    Well, we are constantly updating TinyTap so it will appeal to a wider audience. Everyone will soon be able to see the new changes in our upcoming version.
    Would love to hear your feedback!

    Thanks again

    The TinyTap Team


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