Customizing Blooket: Tips for Creating Your Own Trivia Games

One of the most powerful features of Blooket is the ability for teachers to build completely custom games tailored to their curriculum. This allows endless possibilities to reinforce lessons through fun trivia-style games personalized with your own content. Here are tips for creating your own Blooket games.

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Why Build Custom Games?

Creating your own games provides many benefits:

  • Aligns games directly to what you are teaching in class
  • Allows full control over question types, format, and difficulty
  • Can niche games down to very specific topics or skills
  • Caters games to your specific students’ ability levels
  • Adds variety alongside pre-made games in the Blooket library
  • Provides a sense of ownership and pride for students
  • Leverages Blooket’s engagement and competitive elements

Custom games enable you to make supplemental learning activities more targeted and relevant.

Getting Started with Game Building

To build your own Blooket game:

Access Build Mode

Join into your teacher Blooket account into your teacher Blooket account and select the “Build” tab located along the top navigation. This enters build mode.

Select Game Template

Choose one of Blooket’s game templates to model such as Gold Quest, Crypto, Racing, Tower Defense, Trivia, Arena, etc. This establishes the core game format.

Customize Basics

Give your game a title, description, select a color scheme, add a cover image, and customize other aesthetics to match your topic or style.

Add Questions

This is where you input your own tailored quiz questions and answers based on the concepts you want students to review.

Set Options

Configure settings like number of rounds, timer length, passwords, player mode, win conditions, and more.

Save and Share

Save your completed game and then launch it to generate a unique game pin. Share this with students to instantly play.

Ideas for Custom Games

Blooket’s custom builder allows endless possibilities to reinforce any subject or topic through trivia-style games. Here are some ideas:

Reading Comprehension

Pull key details, vocabulary, characters, events, etc from class readings and novels into questions. Have students recall plot points, make inferences, describe relationships between characters, and more.

Historical Events

Reinforce knowledge on important dates, figures, cultures, wars, documents, and other major historical events. Use visuals paired with questions to help timeline and contextualize.

Scientific Concepts

Review core concepts like steps of the scientific method, organ systems, biomes, chemical equations, the solar system, and more using interactive questions. Supplement with diagrams and photos.

Math Skills

Target specific arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics standards needing reinforcement. Display sample problems and have students identify solutions.

Foreign Language Review

Show target vocabulary, verbs, or grammar concepts in the foreign language and have students choose the correct English translations from multiple choice.

Music and Art Knowledge

Teach music reading, art history, famous creators, techniques, and theory fundamentals through interactive games. Include visual and audio examples.

The possibilities are endless for tailoring games to your current instructional goals across all subjects and age groups.

Writing Effective Custom Questions

Follow these tips when crafting your custom trivia questions:

  • Align questions tightly to key course learning standards and objectives
  • Break down larger concepts into smaller component pieces suitable for short multiple choice questions
  • Make sure questions have only one unambiguously correct answer
  • Provide plausible incorrect answer “distractors” that a student would reasonably consider
  • Use simple, direct, and concise wording tailored to your students’ reading level
  • Mix in different question types like vocabulary, visual identification, ordering, fill in the blank, etc
  • Limit the use of “all of the above” or “none of the above” answer choices
  • Supplement questions with relevant images, visuals, graphics, or video clips when possible
  • Check that questions increase in difficulty and cover a range of learning domains

Creating solid questions is an art but ensures an engaging, balanced game.

Customizing Visuals and Themes

In addition to tailoring the question content, leverage theming elements to further customize:

  • Give the game a title tied to the topic like “English Literature Challenge” or “Algebra Showdown”
  • Provide a brief overview of the game’s topic or purpose in the description.
  • Choose background environments, props, music, and avatars that fit the subject like a science lab or workshop factory floor.
  • Use graphics like custom cover images to reinforce the topic - e.g. historical figures, math equations, etc.
  • Select color palettes that align to the subject like beakers and lab coats for science games.

Tying visuals and themes directly to the instructional content amplifies the educational focus while maintaining engagement.

Managing Game Difficulty

One key consideration when building Blooket games is managing difficulty:

  • Know your students’ skill levels and calibrate game difficulty accordingly through the reading level and complexity of questions
  • Structure questions to gradually increase in challenge with each round
  • Provide adequate repetition of key concepts through questions to aid retention
  • Limit the number of critical thinking questions for struggling students
  • Add cheat codes or power-ups to help reduce frustration for students who need them

Adjusting the difficulty allows games to remain competitive while optimizing the learning experience.

Conclusion

Blooket’s custom game builder opens up endless possibilities for teachers to reinforce lessons through tailored, trivia-style educational games.

Leveraging this tool to create your own themed and personalized learning activities amplifies student engagement and outcomes.

By blending your own content with Blooket’s game mechanics, you can bring the benefits of interactive game-based learning directly into your classroom.

So tap into your creativity to develop some hit games that align tightly to what you teach. Your students will love showing off their knowledge through these fun and relevant custom creations.