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Using Polypad: Games and Applications


This tutorial provides an overview of the Games and Applications section. Below are the topics covered. We also have a separate tutorial page for Logic and Computing.

  • Chess
  • Currencies
  • Clocks
  • Question Builder


Click Reset to fill the chess board. Use the Hints menu to select between Off, Moves, and Danger. When “Moves” is selected, as pieces are moved, all possible moves are shown in orange. When “Danger” is selected, safe moves are shown in blue and moves that could result in the piece being taken are shown in red. Click Randomize to fill the board with 16 random pieces of each color.


Coins are available in US Dollars, Euros, and British Pounds. Make Change splits the coin up into smaller denominations with as few coins as possible. Cash In creates the same amount of money in as few coins as possible. Click Organize to arrange the coins by coin type. The coins work on the balance scale. A penny has a value of 1 and a dollar is 100.


Turn on and off the second hand in the clocks using the "Toggle Seconds" button. Change colors of clocks using the color picker.

Question Builder

The Question Builder feature only appears in Teacher Accounts. Change your account from a Student Account to a Teacher Account in Account Settings. Use the Question Builder to embed auto-correcting answer boxes to Polypads.

Explore our Tasks and Learn More

Visit the Activities page to see lesson plans, student explorations, puzzles, and teaching ideas. Visit the Tutorial page to learn more about using Polypad.