The list doesn’t destroy culture; it creates it. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists.

– Umberto Eco

Lists aren’t just an internet obsession, they’re one of humankind’s original cultural products. Nearly 4,000 years ago, ancient rulers created the Sumerian King List to legitimize their claim to authority and tout a direct lineage to the gods. Today, we have slideshows like “10 Unusual Animal Friendships” and lists are more popular than ever.

If people love lists, perhaps they love to hate ranked lists. From college rankings in US News & World Report to the Top 100 Movies of All Time on IMDB, we love to take exception to someone else’s ordering of our universe.

Ranked lists can also be an effective pedagogical tool. When students face ranked lists in assessments, they must quickly draw on memory and logic to draw the correct order.

What do a timeline of the American Civil War, the PEMDAS order of arithmetic operations and the layers of the atmosphere all have in common? They are all ranked lists with an objectively correct order, and thus ideal candidates for Versal’s Sequence gadget.

The Sequence gadget enables you to create an interactive list-based learning game, without knowing how to write a lick of code. To create a Sequence exercise, simply name your list items, upload an image for each item and order them correctly. In learner mode, your students work to order your list correctly. Check out this support article for a step-by-step walkthrough.

Have your own idea for ranked list in the Sequence gadget? Create and upload it to the Gadget Market… and let us know! We’d love to feature it in an upcoming post.