Syllabes is a small prototype that I developed for two main reasons:
The idea behind Syllabes is to use the particular spatial arrangement of the multi-touch table in order to trigger a work that is both collaborative and competitive to better understand the composition of the words. For now the software is in French but can easily adapt to other languages.
In Syllabes, four pupils / players try to form words from syllables, letters or parts of words (which are neither syllables nor letters). To do this, it is necessary to move these elements one by one in order to form compound words. The more constructed words have elements, the more they score points, which makes students focus on more complex words.
The number of points earned by a word is the square of the number of elements that compose it. For example, a word composed of only one element earns 1 point, a word composed of two elements earns 4 points, a word composed of three elements earns 9 points ...
For the moment no victory condition is fixed within the program, this condition must be decided collectively by the players. In the session filmed below (accelerated video), the victory condition decided by the players was to be the first to exceed 30 points:
In the near future, Syllabes will integrate the possibility of creating its own batches of word elements (so that the software can be adapted, for example, to a session focused on a certain type of vocabulary) and will be tested in an elementary school.