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Interactive Material in Classrooms

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Interactive material in classrooms, like educational games, is always interesting for students. There are sites offering many tools and games ready to use in class. That is not new. But have you ever thought of using the games with adults? Educational games for schools offer games to perfect spelling, learn vocabulary and test language understanding. There is a wide range of educational games in different subjects that you can also take advantage of to teach English.

Use the games as short activities that can be done on mobile phones in five to fifteen minutes before the lesson starts or before it ends. You can also use them in the middle of the lesson to practice something you have just explained. The activities may be aimed at reviewing or introducing grammar, vocabulary or any topic to discuss during classes. The games can even be played as homework. Try Interactive literature or interactive experimenting with science if you want to teach conversation afterwards. If your students need practicing past tenses, I would recommend American history or American inventions with videos, interactive timeline and lesson plans for you, in case you have a younger group. Are your students interested in modern history? Then get some interactive facts on The European Union while other students might prefer to test their knowledge in DNA, refresh, or simply learn new vocabulary. Click here for a list of more short games in education.


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Samorost 1 Level A2

This time I had a group of 12 students between 17 and 22, 11 males and one female. Level A2.  The target was to review writing (simple past) We played Samorost 1

I introduced the verb wheel and the online dictionary first. I then showed the  beginning of the game on the big screen until the gnome flies to the other planet, later students had to turn their computers on and finish the game.

 I went round giving handouts and helping with questions. The handouts consisted of screenshots of the game with seven pictures and three questions to each picture in simple past and simple present.


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 Many schools have been using mobile devices to teach. Some schools even have their own apps. Universities rely on Mobile Learning because of the advantages. Primary schools use mobile devices because they have proved to be useful in many ways, for example for disabled kids. Many schools talk about their experiences with Mobile Learning and their positive results. But what do students think? Do they have a different view of Mobile Learning or even further ideas on how can Mobile Learning help us in future? One student explains why Mobile Learning should be standard learning. All in all, we can summarize: Mobile Learning is the future.