Why do we even need to talk about violence in #Minecraft?


A repost from March, 2015 when news broke that Turkey was considering a ban on Minecraft. Though it never came about, the episode revealed a lot about the misconceptions people have about video games. This post originally appeared at: http://eltsandbox.weebly.com/blog/why-do-we-even-need-to-talk-about-violence-in-minecraft

You won’t believe this mindbogglingly simple idea for using #PokémonGo with #ESL learners!!!


Pokemon Go was all the rage a few months ago. This repost looks at the best way I think it can be used with students - you might be surprised! This post originally appeared at http://eltsandbox.weebly.com/blog/you-wont-believe-this-mindbogglingly-simple-idea-for-using-pokemon-go-with-esl-learners in August, 2016.

Changing Perspectives – Different directions for games in ELT


My thoughts on GBL have changed over the last year and this post reflects on some of the interactions with other educators that have prompted reflection on my part. This post originally appeared at http://eltsandbox.weebly.com/blog/changing-perspectives-different-directions-for-games-in-elt in July, 2016.

Defining Differences: Game-based Learning v. Gamification


Defining two often confused terms - game based learning and gamification and how they can be used in the classroom. This post originally appeared at http://eltsandbox.weebly.com/blog/gaming-glossary-game-based-learning-v-gamification in March, 2013.

Storycraft: Using the world of #Minecraft as inspiration for writing


A look at how Minecraft inspired reluctant ESL writers to produce an extended story. This post originally appeared on eltsandbox.weebly.com in April, 2014.

Why #Minecraft may well be one of the best games for language learning


Why Minecraft is a great game for language learning! This post originally appeared on eltsandbox.weebly.com in March, 2014.