languageteacherscollaborate [licensed for non-commercial use only] / NON TECH RELATED ACTIVITIES AND GAMES Flash Card Games By Andrew Hiben *Draw the pictures or print out the icons from the book. *Make them raise the card when I say it "levantalo" *Make them put them in order. Say them fast but repeat often. TPRS flash cardsStart having them draw the stories on flash cards and write a couplesentences on the back. By Theresa Thrasher It works like the old game show. Example: el escritorio is the password. By Mary Ann Sharpe The kids are in groups of 3 or 4. Make up six paper bags (I just use the large envelopes) each containing a list of English expressions to write in Spanish. FLYSWAT (Desk version) By Nicola Kennedy The flyswat game that most of us know as an overhead game can be done at a desk between two students. A great way to review is to also set them up in teams of 3. By Barbara Haller This is an end-of-chapter review. You can have your book open, but only if it's not currently your turn. Hollywood Squares By Julie Clack Grab it! Sandy Shedivy 4 Corners Sara Smith Brillo Lisa Botts Brigitte Storey
10 Best Games for ESL Teachers Abroad These games are perfect for the ESL classroom Games and fun activities are a vital part of teaching English as a foreign language. Whether you're teaching adults or children, games will liven up your lesson and ensure that your students will leave the classroom wanting more. Games can be used to warm up the class before your lesson begins, during the lesson to give students a break when you're tackling a tough subject, or at the end of class when you have a few minutes left to kill. This list of ten classic ESL games every teacher should know will help get you started and feeling prepared. Don't have a job yet? 1. There isn't an EFL teacher I know who doesn't use this game in the classroom. Why use it? How to play: First, watch this helpful video of real teachers using this game in the classroom by BridgeTEFL: This is best played with 6 students or more - the more, the better. 2. Call My Bluff is a fun game which is perfect at the start of term as a 'getting to know you' kind of game. 3.
Game-based Learning Sponsored by Become a KQED sponsor How we will learn Interactive Fiction Interactive fiction was the first great computer-game craze. Through the early 1980s, the most sophisticated, complex, involving games available were the text adventures. Everyone agreed. Go look up up old videogame rating charts; Infocom was always on the list — with several games. Of course, advancing graphics eventually washed away IF’s supremacy. I’ve been part of that community for a decade and a half. You can play my games freely (and for free). (Okay, except for Hadean Lands. If you’ve never played IF before... Everyone’s heard that IF is hard to play. Furthermore, most situations in every game are amenable to a handful of common commands. (Click for PDF version, HTML version, print-quality bitmap, or others. If you still feel overwhelmed, I recommend you start with The Dreamhold, listed below. Hadean Lands An interactive alchemical interplanetary thriller. This is my next game. Bigger Than You Think Fanfic of xkcd “Click and Drag,” with a dash of Invisible Cities Cold Iron Shade So Far
The Interactive Fiction Database - IF and Text Adventures Gates Foundation Announces Portfolio of Innovative Grants to Develop New Teaching and Learning Tools that Support Teachers and Help Students | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Adaptable resources will provide teachers with helpful tools to differentiate instruction and prepare all students to meet the Common Core State Standards SEATTLE--The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a suite of investments, totaling more than $20 million, focused on identifying and expanding promising cutting-edge learning resources that support teachers and students and bring innovative new instructional approaches into America’s classrooms. These investments support the development of game-based learning applications; math, English language arts and science curricula built in to digital formats; learning through social networking platforms; and embedded assessments through a real-time and engaging environment of experiences and journeys. All these promising resources are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, which are college- and career-ready standards being implemented in more than 40 states. The foundation is also investing in several game-based learning tools:
Classroom Aid | Game-Based Learning Researches and Resources A list of serious gaming/simulation conferences and associations is here. Best Practices for Using Games & Simulations in the Classroom – A report from the Software & Information Industry Association. The GameIT Handbook has been funded by the European commission, and provides a framework for games-based pedagogy. The Games As Guide is a resource for learning practitioners looking for a framework to understand how, when, why and where games might be used in support of learning goals. Developed by Institute of Play in collaboration with the art collective Trafik, the unique cultural program included a selection of forty game-based learning tools from all continents and many learning areas. Game-Based Learning Database of Resources – View or add to this community’s collectively-built educational games database from edWeb – Click here. Games in Education (in wikispace) is a fantastic resource collection put together by Adrian Camm. Bookmark Community Second Life
TinyTap, make and play educational games and interactive lessons Educator Review What's It Like? TinyTap is both a tool for creating interactive games and books, and a vast library of pre-created games and content. The app's Creativity Museum, a searchable collection of games and books created by teachers, parents, developers, and authors, is browsable by category and age and searchable by keyword. Are you interested in particular developers or authors? Follow them to get their latest content in your feed, and perhaps download a game to your device for students to play. Or create your own game using the app's creation tools to import or create images, then add interactive elements, including questions and answers, video, and audio. Is It Good For Learning? Technology puts some impressive tools in students' hands, but it isn't always easy for teachers to find exactly what they're looking for. How Can Teachers Use It? Teachers can use it as a resource, as a creation tool for themselves, or as a creation tool for students.
Games and Animations Welcome to the Best of History Web Sites Games and Animations section. Below you will find an annotated list of fun history games and animations organized around broad historical periods. Most of these games and animation are aimed at students ages 10-16. We hope you enjoy these selections and encourage you to submit a recommended history game or animation to us via the contact form. Ancient History Games and Animations Gladiator: Dressed to Kill This game has the player choose the correct armor for three different types of Roman gladiators within a time limit. Housesteads Fort This is a 3D tour of a reconstruction of a Roman fort along Hadrian’s Wall in Ancient Britain. Mt. The Mummy Maker Test your knowledge of history with an interactive challenge. Roman Villa This is an interactive reconstruction of a Roman villa viewed in Google Earth. Death in Rome This game presents the user with a scene where a Roman dies and the user then has to figure out how the Roman died. Pirates! U.S. U.S.
World History Computer Games Home | Gaming the Past Note: see Gaming the Past (my book) for a more extensive list of games along with descriptions and basic information. Featured Game Reviews Online Games Ancient Near East Meso-America and South America Inca Investigation Ancient Greece Medieval Europe Early Modern Europe Colonization Napoleonic Era Industrial Revolution BBC – Who Wants to Be a Cotton Millionaire World War I BBC – Trench Warfare Cold War Cuban Crisis – a simple web-based choose-your-own-adventure style game where the player makes choices as president during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Commercial Games, Demos, and Freeware Unless otherwise noted, the demo versions of these games are all available in the section at Filefront.com (Thanks to Filefront for providing direct link assistance). Ancient History Crusader Kings & Crusader Kings 2 (Paradox) – Real time grand strategy game of Medieval politics, warfare, and dynasty building.Medieval II: Total War – Hybrid turn-based kingdom management/ real-time battlefield simulation game.Stronghold 2
Games for Learning I’m calling for investments in educational technology that will help create. . . educational software that’s as compelling as the best video game. President Obama Video games are important learning tools that provide immersive, interactive, and creative spaces for students to learn and explore in the 21st century classroom. Regional Game Jams Austin Education Game Jam To build on the momentum created by the White House Education Game Jam, the Office of Educational Technology is partnering with games industry leaders and education stakeholders to hold regional Education Game Jams. A mathematical platformer full of action, adventure, and... education? Building Dialogue Games for Learning Summit On April 21, the Office of Educational Technology and the non-profit, Games for Change, co-hosted a day-long summit to identify strategies for the broader creation, dissemination, and use of quality games in classrooms and beyond. Watch the Games for Learning Summit! Game Jam Prototypes
Video Games Are Teaching Our Kids to Succeed in the 21st Century | Catriona Wallis Video games are teaching our kids to succeed in the 21st Century. Fact. There exists a lot of media hype about the effect video and digital games have on our youth. Do they instigate violence? Do they make us introverted? My fundamental belief is that this depends on whether they are good video games or bad ones. Good video games can teach kids how to learn things on their own quickly and then use these skills to achieve, make constant and rapid decisions that affect things they do, improve hand-eye coordination, develop creative problem solving skills, exercise control in challenging circumstances, be persistent, pay attention to detail and think strategically and laterally as well as linearly and logically. I have two young children and have witnessed, firsthand the huge impact good video games can have. My personal transformation from mom and English language teacher to entrepreneur and game app developer began after mobile game apps were introduced in 2007.
Teaching 21st Century Skills through Educational Video Games | Karla Kingsley this issue. One argument is that, although games can deal with political and social issues, they are an inappropriatemedium for conveying values (Frasca, 2004). A contrasting viewpoint is that consciously or not, values are alwaysconveyed in games - through their story or narrative, or through their mechanics and rules (Belman, Flanagan, &Nisseenbaum, 2010). To delve into these perspectives, the participants examined several resources, including the Values at Play curriculum, which explores how video games can be used to affirm, explore, and question particularcultural, political, and moral values. Grand Theft Auto series, Full Spectrum Warrior Mortal Kombat , and Call of Duty , examination of empirical research conducted over the last two decades, where both short term and long term effects of video gameswere investigated, indicates no correlation between violence in video games and an increase in violent and/oraggressive behavior (Kontour, 2009; Valadez & Ferguson, 2012). avoid learning and
Gone Home: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills By Matthew Farber Educators are held responsible for several aspects of English-language arts competency with their students: critical thinking, writing, assessing narrative structures, thinking about how characters develop and how setting affects character. Teachers have a variety of vehicles for conveying those lessons, but a new tool has emerged for learning with digital games. Books have a linear format; films have an arc; art has a focal point; stanzas in a poem are read in order. Solving a Mystery The game begins with a typical opening of suspense and mystery. The mind veers to the obvious. “The story isn’t going to exist without the player’s participation and interpretation of the individual pieces they find,” explained Steve Gaynor, the game’s lead writer. In order to give his students the opportunity to interpret the experience for themselves, Toronto-based teacher Paul Darvasi (who also writes about games for MindShift) sought a volume discount on game licenses.