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May 9, 2014 Immersive environments can be good learning vehicles if constructed and used correctly. Here are a set of virtual worlds that use the latest in game mechanics to deliver instruction in fun and interactive ways. Consider them as a supplement to a classroom or for use with students that respond well to such immersion. Dora's Great Big World This iOS app immerses preschoolers in learning games on topics like letter recognition, early reading, and early counting. Create , play, and share games to support teaching and learning any subject, any level, any language, anywhere. Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. This web-based, historically accurate, CCSS-aligned, time-travel adventure teaches critical thinking, empathy, and global citizenship. Practice CCSS-aligned 3rd to 8th grade math within this web-based virtual world. This collection is curated by education technology consultant Lisha Vuskovich.

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Mobile Learning Explained Visually May 4, 2014 The graphic below provides a good mapping of the mobile learning landscape. It features some interesting stats and digital habits that make out of the on the go learning a powerful learning brand that is expected to reign in the near future. While I find this visual very interesting , I do have one concern related to the concept of digital natives used in the first section. Several people think of digital natives as kids who are born into this digital world and possess some amazing digital skills acquired through their overuse of digital media. Part of this is true but there is another part that we need to know:

ESL Games for young learners Grab Use Lego. Spread out the Lego and call out "(Five!)". The students should take five blocks, join them together to make a pattern and hold them up. Next say "two blue, one yellow" and other combinations to 5. Awesome Web Tools to Create Interactive and Collaborative Classroom Activities May 2, 2014 Classroom activities that are interactive and collaborative tend to be engaging for students. When they can raise their hand or tap a button as part of a classroom poll, or work in small groups to answer questions and play games, you will likely see eager and attentive learners. Here are some tools that can help you get that. Need to pick a student in an unbiased, random way?

gaming matter Gaming Discernment As all media have ‘good’ and ‘bad’, (See and compare both Star Wars: Episodes I and IV), so too do games. The growth and maturation of gaming isn’t near complete, but we already see genres forming, an active ‘indie’ production industry, and those seeking to raise artistic potency. I believe there are games of varying value and because they cost a bundle, we need to sort the good from the bad. Mindmapping April 30, 2014 There is nothing that beats mind maps when it comes to increasing one's retention rates. Mind maps enable our minds to visually process information creating thus strong neural pathways to hold the learned information for an extended period of time. I have always used the power of mind mapping both in my personal studies and also with my students in class.

About us – Play Brighter PlayBrighter was created by teachers. We don't need to be told that kids hate feeling patronized, or that marking is a terrible curse, or what it feels like to be clicking away at a broken menu five minutes before a lesson’s about to start! The site evolved from games we made to teach our own classes, and we've never stopped asking our former students what they think. Whether you’re setting differentiated challenges for every student or just need to make straightforward revision more interesting, we want to make it easy for you, because we’ve been there. End of School Year Tools for Creative Summative Assessment May 16, 2014 Looking to flex your creative muscle and build something? Here are a set of useful digital tools to help you put together all kinds of things, from websites to presentations to newsletters and more. Make something to enhance your lesson, or have your students construct something as a creative summative assessment activity. QuizOperator Project this free quiz creator onto a whiteboard to show the real-time scores of your students. Or, use it for private quizzes.

PowerPoint Games Racing Games No preparation required, just have a sheet of vocabulary or review questions in your hand. Click a button on the screen and the car or horse moves one step closer to the finish line and victory. (Whole Class Participation Game) : 7 Great Web Tools To Help Student... May 23, 2014 Students love to work in groups and every teacher knows this fact by heart. Group work has several pedagogical pluses that includes developing collaborative and co-operative skills, enhancing social skills and interactions, promoting critical thinking skills, and nurturing a learning environment of trust and support. Now with the web 2.0 technologies, the potential of group work is even bigger. Students can create study groups online and learn collaboratively with others regardless of their geographical locations. Below are some of the best web tools students can use to create online study groups. 1- Examtime

Creative Speaking I. Introduction We are teaching in a time of exciting changes not only in the field of education, but also more specifically in ELT.