The new virtual dice roller is available in the Library! Choose between standard dice, dice with written numbers and up to 20 sides, or dice that simply display colors and are good for games and class activities. This blog post explores ways you can integrate the dice tool into your curriculum to keep students better engaged. To begin using the dice and other Gynzy tools, create an account.
What can you do with this tool?
You can choose to make use of standard six-sided dice or dice with written numbers and up to 20 sides. If you want to easily create math problems with this tool, simply choose the number of dice you’d like to roll (2 through 5 in this instance) and check the box in the settings that shows “calculate”. Then, you can easily use these dice to practice addition and have Gynzy provide the answer to every unique roll.
Adjust the settings to meet your needs
Via the settings screen you have the option of standard dice or custom dice (for example, showing words or letter groupings). Within the ‘standard’ option you are given a variety of options, namely:
- Type of dice (dots, numbers, or colors)
- Number of sides (6, 8, 10, 12 or 20)
- Number of dice (1 to 5)
- Dice colors (light, dark, or alternating between light and dark)
- Calculation (show calculate button for 2 or more dice)
For dots and colors you can only select six sided dice. If you want dice with up to 20 sides, select numbers as dice type.
Creating custom dice
Within the ‘Custom’ setting, the settings screen changes. You now are shown six blanks which you are asked to fill in to complete your dice. By selecting “add dice” you can add another custom dice. You can make a maximum of 5 custom dice and use the trash can on the right to delete them.
Integrating dice into your lessons
Digital dice can be used for more than just facilitating games – here a few tips for use in the class. The custom dice can be used for ELA lessons:
- Create dice with vowels and consonants. Have students select which dice shows the vowels and which shows consonants.
- Create dice containing nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Roll the dice and have students create sentences using the given words.
- Create dice containing sight words, CVC words, and other vocabulary building blocks
You can also use these dice in your math lessons, not just for quick mental math, but also for multiplication. Use two 10-sided dice. Roll the dice and ask students to solve that multiplication problem. Remember that once you’ve made an account, you can easily save lessons and activities to your profile so you can reuse them later.
Coordinates can also be practiced using dice. Give students a handout with a coordinate plane showing 1-6 on the x-axis and a-f on the y-axis. Create dice with 1-6 and a-f and have students mark the coordinates given by the dice. As a variant, you can mark off coordinates in the classroom and have students move to that location in the classroom!
One of our favorite things about the virtual dice tool is how flexible it is. We know students are naturally creative – ask them to come up with an exercise in which they can use the dice! Luckily, this is a tool that works as well on a personal device at home as it does on an Interactive Whiteboard in the classroom. If they come up with a great idea, don’t forget to save your lesson so you can make use of it later.
We love your feedback at Gynzy! When creating this tool we took your feedback into account.
Would be nice to have a dice where you can change how the dots appear. For instance maybe a dice where you really see the number instead of the dots. – K.M.
There are many games that rely on six sided dice to be rolled. Having this interactive piece will allow teachers to display a digital dice roll for the entire class to see. -Liberty Elementary
I love the function of using and personalizing dice. I teach special ed and so many of my lessons use these. To be able to customize for math or reading would be lesson changing! -Grassland Elementary
Please add editable dice. Teachers can then put on letters, sight words, or numbers for students to roll…CVC and roll then read real or nonsense words. -Dingman Delaware Primary
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