On this page you can find different articles, papers etc. on the topic as well as various tools to implement gamification into your lessons. The page is divided into two parts. Whereas the first part includes a collection of different articles, papers and blog entrances on the topic of gamification, the second part of the page provides a collection of different websites, tools and games in alphabetical order.
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Articles, Papers, Blog Posts & Podcasts
Article on “Language Learning and Minecraft”
The EFL Magazine offers insights into the possibilities of Minecraft (http://minecraftedu.com/) as a language learning tool to practice story telling, creating tutorial and videos, explanation and presentation skills, as well as journal writing. Click here to read the article.
Learning2gether on Minecraft
In the Learning2gether episode from June 2014, Marijana Smolčec and her son Filip talk about the EU LLP Comenius project and learning through Minecraft. Listen to a young player explaining Minecraft including the differences between survival mode and creator mode and understand how the game entails learning.
Presentation on Gamification
This Presentation about Gamification in English Language Instruction provides a definition of gamification as well as reasons for digital gaming in ELT. It offers illustrative examples and gives you an idea of how to implement games into your lessons. And it depicts common concerns and caveats and presents result findings of the HeaLINGO analysis.
Websites, Tools & Games
teacherstuff.com provides a tool with which you can easily create your own crosswords super fast. Simply give your puzzle a name, mane a word list with an answer and a clue on each line, and finally generate and print the puzzle. Click here to create your own crossword puzzle.
english-attack.com offers innovative learning methods that motivate and inspire to engage in English language learning every day. Learners can learn with movie clips, online visual dictionaries and games. The different exercises adapt to the individual level of the learner in order to achieve effective learning progress.
–> Games Zone
different interactive word games –> english-online.org
–> Human Brain Cloud
a multiplayer word association and vocabulary network game –> humanbraincloud.com
Interland is an adventure-packed free online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun. Thereby, providing parents and educators with resources to help youth navigate the web and their online interactions while learning specific online vocabulary.
With this free website you can create your own jeopardy games for students or play already existing ones. The games can be played with up to 12 teams.
Learning Apps Creator
With LearningApps.org you can create different games for your students. You can choose between almost 20 different templates such as memory, gap-filling texts, hangman, multiple-choice quizzes etc..
Mingoville is a computer game for ESL students offering four different programs: primary school, preschool, fun clock, and storytelling. Each program includes ten missions with over 130 exercises and games, 10.000 audio files recorded by English and American native speakers and songs to sing along as well as lesson plans for teachers. All lessons are based on spelling, pronunciation, reading, writing and listening activities.
Mission US engages students in the study of transformational moments in American history. Five missions treat different times and scenarios such as the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the encroachment of white settlers and their influence on the Northern Cheyenne, growing up in New York’s Lower East Side as a young Jewish girl from Russia, and the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The game is designed for 10-13 year old native speaking teenagers, which probably equates to 13-19 year old EFL learners. In addition, the website provides guides for teachers on how to implement the game into their classes. The mission “Up from the Dust” is even free of charge.
Past/Present is an immersive computer game designed to impart decision-making and critical thinking skills in the study of American history. It is designed for 10-15 year old native speaking teenagers, which probably equates to 15-19 year old EFL learners. In addition, the website provides advice for teachers on how to implement the game into their classes as well as detailed lesson plans. The game is free of charge.
ProProfs Brain Games & Online Puzzles
On this website you can create and play online brain games and puzzles. The make up is very intuitive and offers various different options to choose from. The final quiz can be sent to your students via e-mail or embedded into another website. For the quizzes, students get immediate feedback on their score, the correct answers and an explanation on why this is correct.
Purposegames.com offers you to create your own interactive online games that you can play with your students. Moreover, the website provides already created games that could be played in class instead.
Create vocabulary-learn-sets for your students with quizlet.com. Your students can revise the words with online flashcards, practice how to spell and pronounce them, test themselves whenever they want and play a memory or racing game using the vocabulary.
Seek ‘n Spell
The App Seek ’n Spell, which is available for Apple and Android devices, uses your GPS to create a new type of game. The object is to gather virtual letters and create words.
–> Turtle Diary
math, language, arts, science and other games for native speaking second graders –> turtlediary.com
–> Vocabulary games
a list of fun and activating vocabulary games. –> laundry_basket_relay_race