Thursday, September 18, 2008

Free Rice : Power of learning

Task: Answer multiple choice questions to donate 20 grains of rice per right answer.
Effort level: Easy (you can always choose the lowest level!).
Investment: Fun time
Who: Anybody old enough to read and use the internet.

So this is a really fun way to engage my competitive streak, my love for learning AND to help feed the hungry - Free Rice. The goal is to answer questions from a range of subjects (art, science, math, language) and for each correct answer you help donate 20 grains of rice. Questions are as simple as matching synonyms, or choosing the grammatically correct sentence.. A running score on the bottom keeps track of how well (or bad) you are doing. You can change levels depending on how much you want to be challenged or your progress can determine the level. I seem to hover between a level of 39 and 45 and on occasion have gone upto to 50!!! And answers that were matched incorrectly are recycled back to encourage learning. Brilliant!
Any time I feel like stopping, the bowl of rice on the side (filling up with grains that I helped donate) eggs me on..And there are all those levels to conquer. Would'nt this be a fun way to practice for the SAT's?

The rice is paid for by the sponsors listed on the bottom of their screen and they are partnered with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the United Nations World Food Program.

Any other fun and useful ideas?


SAnonymousT said...

Love the idea for this blog. The site is very addicting. Surprised I knew the stuff I did. Yes, this would have helped A LOT more with SAT's. Proud of you!

core000 said...

This is a great idea, cutie pie! The Free Rice site is nicely done. It's a fun way to give back and learn at the same time. And you're right, it's addictive. I suggest you also post your idea for getting other sites and organizations involved and what you ultimately envision for the blog.

Very proud of you,
Your husband