Is there a special site to play chess in my school?
Many teachers these days are complaining that their pupils are having difficulties maintaining concentration during classes. This problem affects the pupils’ results, but also impacts on behaviour and discipline in the classroom. With this in mind, and with the idea that abstract strategy games combine the ability to command children’s attention with the stimulus to develop mental attitudes favourable to concentration, I offer you a set of tools which enable this process to take place, as well as other aptitudes desirable in the classroom. These tools also touch on something important to children of today: learning to use the internet. What I am offering here is a web-based platform of board games which I have developed, where pupils may discover forty or so games encouraging abstract thought and linguistic versatility. The game of chess occupies centre stage, but there are many other games such as connect-4, pente, go-moku and so on, presented in a choice of languages, potentially aiding vocabulary development. Free and secure registration on this games platform allows pupils to play against their classmates, and at the teacher’s discretion, to play against pupils from other classes and even other schools. The game-play system (known as “correspondence style”) allows the site to be used very flexibly; in class, or at home after school, even during school holidays. This makes it ideal to support projects such as eTwinning, which may lead beyond the virtual realm to real contact and exchanges between schools.