Games in the English language classroom Learn About EnglishCentral Teaching English Magazine Read The Latest Newsletter Digital Downloads TESOL Certificate Supporter Games in the English language classroom Games are wonderful to use in our classrooms, a must. See below, many of the well researched reasons we should be using them in our teaching. Nowadays, with online resources and resource sharing, there is no longer any excuse for not using games. Here are a few of the games related resources and pages you'll find here on EFL Classroom 2.0. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 100 games for children 10. Views: 2032 Tags: efl20, games, gaming, list, resources Like 0 members like this Share Twitter Facebook Add a Remark Welcome! Join EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 Welcome toEFL CLASSROOM 2.0 JOIN NOWor Sign In Or sign in with: Study Music 35,000+ Happy Members Supporter View All Get In Touch Music Photos ELT Interviews Jeremy Harmer in Turkey: ELT changes Ken Wilson: 10 quotes that will make you think Stephen Krashen Saima Ali – Teacher of ESOL More… Mr Gary's EFL Classroom
Top Five iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas Ever since I was a kid, I loathed back to school commercials. They always showed parents gleefully skipping through aisles of pencils and notebooks as the kids, sullen and dejected, sluggishly followed along. It's a scene we are all too familiar with, and one that creates a negative stigma around school. But what if that scene were flipped? What if the kids were happy and eager to get to school? Is that possible after roughly 90 days of sun and fun? Although this post is a little early for the back-to-school season, consider it an early reminder that summer is near and that, eventually, the start of the 2013 school year will be close at hand. I’m going to share five applications for the iPad that will take the place of student supply lists, provide savings and replace dread with anticipation. Notability While some may argue that there are better options -- and free options -- out there, I find, along with many of our students, that Notability is the go-to application for note taking.
My Time Organizer – extensión para Chrome para gestionar eficientemente nuestro tiempo My Time Organizer es una extensión para Google Chrome que nos permite gestionar nuestro tiempo de la manera más eficientemente posible, pudiendo trabajar incluso sin acceso a Internet. Una vez lo tengamos instalado y accedamos a él, encontraremos un calendario semanal en el que podemos ir añadiendo eventos, tareas y notas con tan sólo arrastrar dichas etiquetas a los días correspondientes, pudiendo cambiar el contenido de los mismos, incluso a través de nuestra propia voz. Igualmente podemos cambiar su color a través de un selector, e incluso arrastrarlo a la columna perteneciente a otro día si así lo deseamos. Hay que indicar que a cada elemento que introducimos en el calendario, le podemos activar un recordatorio en el que seremos notificados un tiempo antes de que se llegue la fecha establecida en dicho elemento. A pesar de la facilidad de uso a través de su elegante interfaz, si nos cuesta usarlo, contamos con un manual interactivo sobre el mismo.
3 fun online activities for practicing verb tenses We started a new coursebook in class today. As any teacher ever in the history of language teaching knows, a new book means starting with a revision of every verb tense that the poor buggers have been exposed to up to that point in whichever coursebook series you happen to be using. And so it unfolded… the simple present, present continuous, simple past, past continuous, present perfect, past perfect and present perfect continuous… have I missed any out? I thought that, despite my impending nausea at the sheer volume of grammar I’d have to go through during today’s four hours of class, it would be useful to have an idea of how comfortable they are with verb grammar. 1. Based on the classic ‘Jeopardy’ format, you can use this game to practice different verb tenses (present simple tense, present progressive, past simple, past progressive, present perfect, future tenses and more). When to use: You can use this at any point in class. 2. 3. The guiding principles of using games like these
The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2012 It’s that time of year again when I start posting year-end “The Best….” lists. There are over one thousand lists now. You can see them all here. As usual, in order to make this list, a site had to be: * accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users. * free-of-charge. * appropriate for classroom use. * completely browser-based with no download required. It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2011, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2012. You might want to visit previous editions: The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2009 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2008 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2007 (You might also find The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — So Far useful) Here are my ranked choices for The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2012: Number Twenty-Six
Physion - free Physics Simulation Software Physion is free Physics simulation software that can be used by educators to create physics simulations for their class or by students to create physics simulations to explore concepts or as part of a project. The teacher can even create experiments for the students to use in class (virtual labs). You use the included tools to create physical objects, including gears, and joints (springs and pulleys) that obey the laws of the Physics. It is similar to software I used as an engineer. Below is a video that shows how it works. Here is a video showing some of the complex simulations you can create using it: This is a great resource for physics teachers to create virtual labs and investigations, as well as a tool for students to explore physics concepts and create their own labs. The site has a Wiki and Forums to find help and ideas. Physion: Related: PhET - excellent, free, virtual labs and simulations for science
Printing Press The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple WYSIWYG editor, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. Documentation for the Printing Press includes instructions for using the tool. Customized versions of the tool, which include additional instructions and more focused choices, are included with some lessons. Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose Flip Book The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose Stapleless Book Grades 1 – 12 | Calendar Activity | October 1 Get ready for National Bullying Prevention Month! Grades K – 12 | Strategy Guide
Five Reasons I Love Using QR Codes in My Classroom There are so many tools that educators can use to get students interested and engaged in their work. Like most teachers today, I integrate technology into my instruction everyday. I'm lucky to work in a school with one-to-one technology and use iPads with my students throughout every school day. That makes it easy to use QR codes in my classroom -- and there are many reasons I love using QR codes! What is a QR Code? A Quick Response Code is a digital image that can be scanned without the beam of light needed to scan barcodes at the supermarket. What does this marketing tool have to do with education? How QR Codes Can Make a Difference in the Classroom 1. Instead of asking students to type in a long web address where they could easily make mistakes, a QR code will take them straight to a website. 2. We all want to avoid using search engines that might bring our students to the wrong website. 3. 4. Websites like Qurify.com allow you to generate your own QR code for free. 5.
The Best Online Guide to ESL Reference Materials Dec 27, 2012Eve Hullett, Distance-Education.org Columnist | ESL is the abbreviation for “English as a Second Language”. It refers to the teaching of the English language to individuals whose native language is not English. For people who are thinking of becoming an ESL teacher, there are plenty of opportunities. In most states, the minimum educational requirement for ESL teachers is a bachelor’s degree in English or Education. ESL teachers enjoy a great number of benefits including a comfortable mean annual salary of $51,000 to $55,000, high employment growth, choice of various settings, and so on. In this modern age, ESL teachers can take advantage of the vast treasure trove of resources on the Internet to make their job and life much easier.