Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Google Drawings Chess and Checkers for Students

Earlier this week I shared a post about Battlesheets, my Google Sheets version of the classic tabletop game Battleship. Building on that topic, I am sharing two more Google versions of classic games in this post. This time I have created online interactive versions of Chess and Checkers with Google Drawings.

As mentioned before, tabletop games, board games, card games, and such can have great educational value for students. One great way to learn more about the benefit of gaming in education is to listen to the podcast "Games in Schools and Libraries". The show is hosted by Donald Dennis who "works in the Georgetown County Library system where he is the Teen Technology and Games Librarian." Donald also helps host another favorite podcast "On Board Games" which covers tabletop gaming in general.

Although there are many modern games (which I love) Chess and Checkers are classics that are both accessible and educational for students. They both also happen to translate very well into digital format using Google Drawings. See below to get your own copies of my Chess and Checkers games, as well as some tips and tricks for playing them online.


Google Drawings Checkers

To get your copy of Google Drawings Checkers, click the template link below:



Directions:

  • Click the link for the template above to get your own copy of the Checkers Google Drawing.
  • Share edit rights to the Google Drawing with the other player by clicking the "Share" button and adding their email address to the "People" box.
  • Once you and the other player both have the Drawing open, click and drag the pieces to make your moves.
  • Drag pieces off the board when captured.
  • Copy and paste the King pieces onto board as needed (when one of your pieces makes it to the other side of the board).
  • Leave comments for your opponent by selecting a piece, and clicking “Insert” then “Comment”.
  • Rewatch previous moves by clicking “File” and “See revision history”.


Google Drawings Chess

To get your copy of Google Drawings Chess, click the template link below:



Directions:

  • Click the link for the template above to get your own copy of the Chess Google Drawing.
  • Share edit rights to this Google Drawing with the other player by clicking the "Share" button and adding their email address to the "People" box.
  • Once you and the other player both have the Drawing open, click and drag the chess pieces to make your moves.
  • Drag pieces off the board when captured.
  • Leave comments for your opponent by selecting a piece, and clicking “Insert” then “Comment”.
  • Rewatch previous moves by clicking “File” and “See revision history”.



Post by Eric Curts. Connect with Eric on Twitter at twitter.com/ericcurts and on Google+ at plus.google.com/+EricCurts1

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