FreeRice Learning Game Site - Family Value Friendly and Free

FreeRice.com

FreeRice.com is a website at which one can do a little relaxing (truly, how many Free Cell games can be played?) and a little learning while doing good at the same time. One need not be put off by the suffix “.com” - this is a charitable site maintained by and supporting the United Nations World Food Programme. This organization fights hunger worldwide.

Diverse Subjects

It looks as though it is educational software, inviting visitors to log in and start answering multiple choice questions. When I first discovered this site, it offered only English vocabulary and math. By the end of 2008 there were 13 subject areas with questions to answer. They were :

Art: Famous Paintings

Chemistry: Basic Symbols,

Full list of symbols

English: Grammar,

Vocabulary

Foreign language vocabulary:

French,

German,

Italian,

Spanish

Geography: Identify Countries on Map,

World Capitols

Math: Pre-Algebra,

Multiplication tables

Changes Made since 2010

In June 2011, it added “Flags of the World” under Geography. Additionally, the Art category is re-named Humanities. “Famous Paintings” remains and “Literature” is a new category. Now, in 2012 we also can enjoy "World Capitals," "SAT Test Preparation," and "Human Anatomy."

The player (playing is free, by the way) answers quiz questions similar to College Bowl format. For each correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated to the UN World Food Programme. Spurring one on is a wooden bowl which fills up with the rice as one plays. Incorrect responses show the correct answer. Then, the learning comes from the software’s frequent returning to any question missed, giving a chance to use what has been read. The game adjusts to each player’s level of competence. It is an all-around good deal and banner ads support the site and donate the money to purchase the rice.

As it states on its homepage,

“FreeRice has two goals:

  • Provide education to everyone for free.
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.”

Another feature new to me is the introduction of player groups. There are over 700 groups. Some are members of a middle or high school class, such as “Mrs. David’s Computer Class.” Others are college fraternities and sororities. Groups such as Muslims Fighting World Hunger, Free Ricers for a Free Tibet, Nerds against Hunger, Friends of Unicorns, Random Acts, and so forth garner a little publicity as they play to earn rice for the beneficiaries of the U.N. program.

Of course, FreeRice tweets, facebooks, and blogs.

There is an advisory, however. A warning states that one may become smarter and I find it to be a valid risk.

Copyright 2011 Maren Morgan

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