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Let’s Play! 20+ Sites for Young Learners

Let’s Play! 20+ Sites for Young Learners
Part of the Cool Sites series Sometimes, the teachers of young learners get a bad reputation for playing all day in their classes. Let me tell you a secret. Any great teacher of young learners is definitely playing a lot in and out of the classroom! Play is an important part of development. Children are motivated by learning through play and learn a lot through playing such as: problem solvingcompleting a small task before a larger taskpacingfollowing instructionscollaboratingdeveloping skills to accomplish tasks Play and Video Games Many more lessons are learned by today’s digital games which have the social component to them. 9 Digital Sites that Make English Fun for YLs Kindersite- The Kindersite spearheaded by Joel Josephson (@acerview54) has 1000s of educational and fun content specifically designed for preschool, kindergartens, elementary, primary schools and special needs students. ELT Digital Play- This blog lists reviews various games, describes their value and how to play them. Related:  Classroom Hacks

Room Escape Maker - Create Escape The Room Games For Free Basic information ROOM ESCAPE MAKER is a free online application to create Escape The Room games. Build challenging casual point and click games with puzzles, hidden objects, safes with combination locks, and much more. YOU are game designer. The community You are more than welcome to be a part of the project. Fan of Room Escape Games in general? Help creating games If you need to know more about how to create your games, we recommend you to watch this amazing tutorial created by PhantomDarkness135. Do you still have questions? Publishing conditions When you send a game to review, be sure you don't have anything else to change about it. While on review, these are the reasons that may prevent us from validating your game: Irrelevant title, keywords or description. Also, avoid having items to be added to the inventory during your game if these items are not going to be really useful. Application compatibility ROOM ESCAPE MAKER was tested on Bug report

Learning Beyond Walls- Games and Wikis! Posted by Shelly Terrell on Tuesday, August 17th 2010 Part of the Cool Sites series Many of you have started school already and are integrating new technology in your curriculum. Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls Did you know that the average time spent playing video games per week is 18 hours? So what do you put in a wiki? A wiki is like a class website, but easier to design. Adding the “social” to game-based learning… Have you watched anyone recently play a game on their Wii or PS3? Embed a Wallwisher so students can easily add in gaming tips Embed a Google Doc where students add tips and tricks to pass certain games stages. Useful links: “If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns” - Rita Dunn Challenge: Try integrating wikis or games into course content to motivate students to learn beyond the school walls.

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Language Arts Games - Grammar, Punctuation, Capitalization, Vocabulary Sheppard Software's Language Arts page features a variety of games for different grade levels. Elementary students (and anyone who needs a refresher) can play the animated grammar and punctuation games, which review basic punctuation and grammar concepts. This section is continually being refined and expanded, so check back often! Middle school, high school, and adult learners can review their SAT and advanced vocabulary through the SAT Words and Vocabulary in Context games. Memorizing a wide variety of important vocabulary words will really help you succeed in the verbal sections of the SATs and GREs. In addition, reading challenging books, using the vocabulary you learn in daily life, and writing will help cement the words in your mind.

Exploratorium: the museum of science Game Plan Level: Upper intermediate+/mature students Location: Computer room Skills Focus: Reading/writing (reading comprehension check) Language focus: Reading Game: McVideo Game This is simulation game is a parody of the fast food chain McDonalds taking quite a negative view of the production process which you, the plater, become implicit in. Preparation Print out a copy of the McVideo Game Worksheet. Pre Activity Hand out a copy of the worksheet to each pair and ask them to read and make a guess at any of the answers. Deal with any language problems as you monitor. Brief feedback on possible answers and any difficult language. Reading activity In the computer room direct students to the game and the tutorial. Explain that they can’t play the game unless they complete all the questions with the correct answers. Ask them to read the tutorial and answer as many questions as they can. Encourage students to ask you, peers or look up online any difficult language contained in the tutorial. Post Reading activity

Play to Learn Course Challenge Back to Play to Learn course Try out Samorost with a class! Deadline: 21 September 2012 Try out the online game Samarost with a class, and win a free place on the new Consultants-E course Play to Learn: Digital Games in ELT (1 – 30 October 2012). What is Samarost? What is the Digital Games Challenge? How do I take part? 1. 2. Did you enjoy playing Samarost? While students are discussing the questions, listen and take notes on their opinions. 3. Introduce yourself with your name and the city and country where you teach Tell us how old your learners are, and how many were in the class Summarise what your students said in reply to the questions they discussed in step 2 above* Show samples of the written work students produced during the lesson Tell us what you think worked best in the lesson and how the students reacted Tell us about anything you would do differently if you did the lesson again 4. 5. How will the winner be chosen? online course.

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