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Jon Gardner
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I had an idea for a classroom variation of Codenames that just involves 25 large (maybe 4"x6") blank magnetic word cards that you could arrange in a grid on a whiteboard or any other large vertical magnetic surface and then write your 25 words on them in wet/dry erase marker. Then have all of the spy markers as equally large magnets that you can just slap on top of the word cards to cover them up as you go. That way, you could play with a larger group of people (perhaps a classroom of kids? or a large youth group at a church?) and have people come up and touch the words of the agents (or bystanders) they're choosing to contact on the board, and the spymasters cover them with their stack of magnetic agent cards or bystander cards.
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Stephen Eckman
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Seems like you could just write/draw the whole thing on the whiteboard and skip the magnets.
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Rich Lallatin
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You would still need the cards denoting which word goes to which team. Would you have the 2 clue givers sit together in the back of the room or would they both be at the board? I've played with a class of 10 (laying out the cards on a table), which worked out fine. I'm not sure about a class of 25 - 30.
 
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Grant
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I think with a large group of people the main problem isn't being able to see the words (although that would be a problem too, which a white board might solve). The main problem is having effective and inclusive deliberation among that many people. You'll either never come to consensus or you'll have a group of students who just sit on the sidelines and don't get involved. Or both. Probably both.

Are you thinking of tweaking any other rules to deal with this issue?
 
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Jon Gardner
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Then have all of the spy markers as equally large magnets that you can just slap on top of the word cards to cover them up as you go.
 
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Stephen Eckman
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d3jg wrote:
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Then have all of the spy markers as equally large magnets that you can just slap on top of the word cards to cover them up as you go.

Or you could just erase the words and write in whether it is netural, blue, or red ... even better if you have different color markers.
 
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Jerry Martin
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Well, the average classroom in America now has a big screen display for a computer or soon will have. It really makes the most sense to have a digital version that you can project and you can change out the words to suit your classroom's keywords.
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d3jg wrote:
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Then have all of the spy markers as equally large magnets that you can just slap on top of the word cards to cover them up as you go.

Who is this a response to and why did you repeat it from your OP?
 
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Kirk Monsen
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I thought it would be fun to have an extra large set (which each tile being 1 foot by 1 foot), but on the ground. Everyone would stand a few feet outside the square and toss red or blue beanbags on the guessed words (and hope you land on the word you wanted).
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Adam H
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I totally have this on my list of things to do next school year. I'm going to use it in calculus to help make those interesting connections between the material. =)
 
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Anderson Tao
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If you have a projector or monitor...
http://ninjabunny.github.io/KodeNames/
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Jerry Martin
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Cool can you put your own words in it?
 
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AJ Harris
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I was thinking it would be more fun to have the STUDENTS arranged in a grid and tell them whether or not they are on the blue or red team. They'd each get a word to hold up (probably on an individual whiteboard, as you suggested). Then two guessers go up to the front of the classroom and I, as the teacher, try to clue them in to which students are on their same team.
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Anderson Tao
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Syvanis wrote:
Cool can you put your own words in it?


Many have asked for this feature, I will put it in.
 
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Jerry Martin
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Great. To be useful for a teacher it would have to be based on our own word set. I do play Codenames with my students sometimes and I end of having to take out cards such as Czech. But being able to make a list that uses only words the kids know would be great.
 
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Syvanis wrote:
Great. To be useful for a teacher it would have to be based on our own word set. I do play Codenames with my students sometimes and I end of having to take out cards such as Czech. But being able to make a list that uses only words the kids know would be great.


Done. The words just have to be separated by spaces. eg: "cat dog mouse gippy"

have fun!
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