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The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games
Here’s yet one more “The Best…” list — this time focusing on web tools that let teachers and students create their own online learning games. If you find this list helpful, you might want to also review The Best Online Learning Games — 2007 (a couple of the sites on that list are repeated here), The Best Online Video Games For Learning Language & Content Knowledge, and The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too. You might also be interested in: The Best Ways To Create Online Tests The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards When I talk about “learning games,” I also mean sites where students can easily create online video games that might not have an overt learning purpose. In addition, of course, there are sites that let you create games with an overt learning purpose — for example, to review content that has been covered in a class. Since these sites fall into these two distinct categories, it’s difficult for me to rank them as I’ve done in the majority of my lists. … free. Related Related:  olgapelaezalvarezOktatás

FazGame Short Stories for ESL students Everybody knows reading is good for language learners, but what do you do with students who aren’t ready for full-length books? Try short stories. Here are 4 fun quick reads that work well with intermediate+ students. Short Stories in the ESL Class How can teachers maximize the value of short stories? ESL Conversation Class This pair work activity combines reading, speaking and listening skills. Choose two stories. Next class, pair up students with different stories. Encourage students to offer their own views about the story. did they like it, or not (with reasons)describe the parts that were particularly interestingengage with the story by asking questions about the characters and their motivations (e.g. ESL Writing Class Short stories can be used as models. Here’s a noticing activity. summarize the character, plot and settinganalyze the text according to the 6+1 writing traits Why bother with the 6+1 writing traits? Short Stories 1. Is Scrabble a dangerous game? 2. 3. 4.

Create Your Own “Escape The Room” Game With “Room Escape Maker As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of having my English Language Learner students play online video games as a language development activity (see POINTING AND CLICKING FOR ESL: Using Video Games To Promote English Language Development). Escape The Room games are one of my favorite game “genres,” where players have to…escape from a room by clicking on objects and using them in a certain way and/or order. Most of these games also have a text component. Now, a new free tool has come online, the Room Escape Maker, that lets anybody create their own….escape the room games. It requires a little more of a learning curve than I would like, but I think it has some potential. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

5-Minute Film Festival: 7 Video Writing Prompts for Young Authors National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up, but the time is always ripe for encouraging students of every age to write. And how better to pique their interest and power up their pencils (or keyboards!) than with a video writing prompt? Just about any short, intriguing video can be made into a great writing prompt with the addition of a choice question or two, but I've put together a list of favorites discovered around the web. Happy writing! Video Playlist: Video Writing Prompts for the Classroom Watch the first video below, or watch the whole playlist on YouTube. "A Cloudy Lesson" by Yezi Xue (01:58) Short student films can provide ample fodder for creative work as illustrated by this whimsical thesis animation by Yezi Xue. More Resources to Encourage Creative Writing The list above shows that you can turn almost any short video into a solid writing prompt.

RPG Maker VX | RPG Maker | Make A Game! With RPG Maker VX, you can create your own unique RPG, without the need to be a programmer, artist, or musician. Take advantage of the following features to make the game you’ve always wanted to: An easy to use mapping system, giving you the tools to build the look of your world. Easy To Use RPG Maker VX carries over all the easy to use features from RPG Maker XP, while adding a few more if its own. Pre-Made Graphics/Audio Don’t know how to create graphics? Share Your Game Finished your game and ready to send it to your friends? The map editor helps you easily design your game’s world. Autotiles Autotiles let you select one autotile from the palette and it draws the edges for you as you draw them onto the map. Simple Tileset Organization Tilesets are divided into five categories to make finding what you need fast. In the database, you will create characters, skills, magic, monsters, and more. Quick Event Creation Transfers Doors Treasure Chests Inns

Habit formation: 5-minute tips for improving your English By Sandy Millin In the process I've tried all kinds of different techniques, some of which have worked better than others. As a teacher, I share these with my students, and encourage them to experiment to find what works best for them. This helps them to become more autonomous, as they take control of their language learning by doing what interests them. Regardless of which specific strategies or techniques my students choose to use, the one thing I emphasise is the importance of habit formation. Here's what I tell my students... Making language learning a part of my daily routine marked the biggest change in the amount of progress I was able to make, and if you do a little maths, you can see why: 5 minutes a day = 35 minutes a week = 150-165 minutes a month Students at our school pay for two 90-minute lessons a week, so by adding 5 minutes of English a day to their lives, you effectively add nearly two free lessons a month to your learning. Reading Listening Writing Speaking Choose a topic.

Great games for the language classroom: Blockbusters I‘m a gamer: I love using games in the language classroom. I find them such a great and versatile tool and, if used well, something that always goes down well with learners. I’ve discussed the role of games before on this blog and have probably summed up everything I want to say about the use of games in an article I wrote for Humanising Language Teaching back in April, 2011 (by which I mean I’m not going to go into great detail about the how and the why of using games in this post; please click on the HLT link for my huge article on this subject, OK!). So, why am I returning to this subject? The classic, easy-to-use Blockbusters grid Blockbusters! Blockbusters is a British television game show based, I believe, on an American game show of the same name in which contestants answer trivia questions to complete a path across or down a game board of hexagons. OK, then, first things first. Now that’s out of the way, we can get down to business. What do learners need to know? Medium of delivery

35 ways to introduce your lesson topic – ELT Planning Are you fed up with using the same old methods to introduce your lesson topic? Look no further! Here are 35 ways to kick off your lesson. How many have you tried? Using an anecdote Example topic: idioms You know I play football, right? “can I help you?” And I’m “yeah. She says “They’re £500” And I said “£500???? Here’s some example flashcards I made for teaching idioms. Cuisenaire Rods creation Example topic: Tourist attractions Give each pair of students a bunch of Cuisenaire rods. “Work in pairs. Students then look at each model and guess the attraction. Cuisenaire Rods model Create your own model using rods. (Here is my example of the UK political parties and their share of the vote, for a recent lesson on politics) Musical “Guess the topic” Example topic: family and relationships Think of 3 or 4 songs which in some way reference the theme/topic of your lesson Avril Lavigne – Skater Boi (“he was a boy, she was a girl, can I make it any more obvious?”) The Hollies – He ain’t heavy (he’s my brother)

Game Word Generator - The Game Gal When I was putting together this site of games, I discovered that my printable word lists became very popular. I had word lists for pictionary, charades, and other games, and visitors seemed to really like them! So I got to thinking, what’s one step better than a printable list of words for playing pictionary? An online word generator! Here’s how it works: First, select a Game (the game menu also includes a Holiday option). My amazing husband also made an iPhone app with all the same content. Finally, I love feedback!

Multimedia Resources: No Registration Needed for Students – Nathan Hall Locating good audio and visual resources for students to use on their multimedia projects can be tricky. It is important to help students navigate the area of attribution and copyright. I have started to collect resources for my students that either don’t require attribution (eg. public domain) or are Creative Commons licensed. All of the resources listed here do not require the students to register or give up personal information to download and use. I am using the following symbols to designate their licensing and usage: ©️ = Attribution needed = No attribution needed I have just started collecting resources, so come back regularly to see the updated page. Photos Unsplash: Over 1 million photos sorted by collections and types of images. Pixabay: Over 1 million photos searchable by tags. Pexels: A huge collection of free photos organized by collection and searchable by keywords. Stocksnap: A huge collection of free photos organized by collection and searchable by keywords. Vector Images

6 online activities for developing knowledge of subject-verb agreement As you can probably guess from some of the ideas I’ve been sharing in recent posts, I’m gearing up to teach a beginner level class! Monday is the big start day and I’m going to do a few activities to see where they are in terms of their language: their understanding of subject-verb agreement is one thing I’ll be looking at. If learners are well versed in this area, or even if they aren’t but have nevertheless studied it a lot, finding activities that are entertaining and interactive is invaluable in helping learners master this fundamental grammar point. 1. The Music Lyrics Database has almost a quarter of a million songs in its bank. 2. Choose a current event from a news website and discuss it, either in class or assign it as a homework task. 3. Discovery Education’s Puzzlemaker website gives you a nice variety of word searches, crosswords and other variations on word puzzles and is extremely easy to use. 4. 5. 6. Any more?