AT IATEFL 2015, I led a short playthrough session at the LTSIG PCE on the app "Can you Escape?" In this repost, I review the session and my ideas for using the app with language learners.
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.
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.
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.
Originally written for TESOL France Teaching Times in 2015, this article explores reasons and ideas for using mobile games in the language classroom.
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.
An interview with Saul Muscat, an ESL teacher turned games designer about his experiences of using Minecraft in the language classroom.
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.
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.
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.