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Tutpup for pupils gaming to improve numeracy and spelling prowess

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Tutpup, where primary pupils can compete in fun, educational games against other children in a safe and secure online area from all over the world. Tutpup aims to provide simple, fun, competitive games that help children learn and gain confidence with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and spelling. The games are given child-friendly names but the graded sequence of development of skills in these areas make it great for teachers to see what has been learned.

Teachers can create a class account, and pupils then use the generated class code to take part. Pupils each create a Screen Name (which is what they will use and see displayed to avoid their own name ever appearing on screen). All names are a combination of a colour, animal and number e.g. YellowCow99. This is one school-friendly feature built into Tutpup. The site also has no chat facilty for pupils to talk to each other, and there are no adverts.

There are two ways to play a game in tutpup: Pupils can create their own game – they choose the type of game and then wait for someone else to challenge them. Or they can join a game – find a game created by someone else and challenge them. Real names are never revealed, just the screen names.

What happens during the game? Once the game starts players have 60 seconds to play. During the game players can find out if they’re winning in one of three ways: From the score on screen, or the sort of funny face can you see which grapically indicates if you are losing, equal, or winning; or from where your avatar is on screen, who is in front.

At the end of a game a player will see a summary screen showing: Who won and Questions they got right and wrong.

There are different ways pupils can see how well they are doing. They can look at the Hall of Fame, which is for the whole world, their country or just their class (based on number of wins) or they can see how many medals they have on their Win Wall.

For a review by Simon Haughton of how Tutpup was received by pupils in his primary school click on this link.

Watch the video below for a quick overview of Tutpup.

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