IATEFL 2015 – Getting Gamification Beyond the Basics

At IATEFL 2015, I saw two talks on gamification (one live and one via IATEFL Online). This post reviews both talks and considers the best way to adapt the idea of gamification to an ELT setting.

IATEFL 2014 – Gamified Language Educational E-tivities (Karenne Sylvester)

This post from the archives is a review of Karenne Sylvester's talk from IATEFL 2014 on how to approach gamification in the most effective way.

IATEFL 2014 – Teaching English via Computer Games (Mykhailo Noshchenko)

A return to the ELT Sandbox archives with my review of a talk by Mykhailo Noshchenko about using Skyrim with EAP students. This post originally appeared at http://eltsandbox.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/iatefl-2014-teaching-english-via-computer-games-mykhailo-noshchenko.html in April 2014.

Play Mobile – Digital Game-based Learning with Handheld Devices

Originally written for TESOL France Teaching Times in 2015, this article explores reasons and ideas for using mobile games in the language classroom.

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Nicky Hockly

A special treat in our latest interview as we have the pleasure of speaking to renowned edtech and mobile learning expert Nicky Hockly. We discuss mobile learning, gaming and VR and their potential in the language classroom. Nicky also shares her thoughts on the future of learning technologies and how they might impact on the world of ELT.

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Saul Muscat

An interview with Saul Muscat, an ESL teacher turned games designer about his experiences of using Minecraft in the language classroom.

ELT Sandbox Plays… on the #EVOMC2017 Server

Last week, I spent an enjoyable evening hosted by Vance Stevens on the EVO Minecraft MOOC server. This posts features highlights and main takeaways from that play session.

What Playing Minecraft Has Taught Me About Learning

Thoughts from the first couple of weeks of #evomc2017, during which time I have largely stuck to playing alone. I have been taking the time to read up, relearn, reflect and experiment in the game. Being in the position of the casual gamer trying to improve his skills has given me the cause to think about what it means to learn something and these are my thoughts so far.

ELT Sandbox Reads… #Minecraft The Beginner’s Handbook

What do you do when you are struggling to get to grips with Minecraft? Most avid players would tell you to head to YouTube or Gamepedia but, as I relate in this post, I decided to go a bit more old school.