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24 Game Based Sites That Make Studying More Fun

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The words “final exam” and “fun” rarely find themselves in close proximity, but with the advent of new game-based learning sites, that may be changing. There are numerous ways that you can now combine studying for your exams or just practicing skills for a course with having fun playing games and hanging out online. Really! Here are just a few of the great sites that are embracing game-based learning. Give them a try — they might just make you actually want to stay in to study for a change.


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Video Games and the Future of the Textbook

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Curriculum designers are rethinking not only the textbook, but educational content delivery in general.
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Food for thought!!

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Artefactos Multimedia (III): mapas interactivos | Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la educación | Educa con TIC

Artefactos Multimedia (III): mapas interactivos | Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la educación | Educa con TIC | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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A very clear explanation in Spanish about the use of geolocalization in education... inspiring and direct!!

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, September 5, 1:03 AM

Excelentes ideas para docentes experimentales

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Creating interactive narratives

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Fiona Milburn talks with Ingrid Kopp, director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute in New York, about creating interactive narratives.

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Interesting interview.

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A New iPad Game to Teach Argument

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Learn all about Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, a new iOS tablet game from Educator Innovator partners GlassLab and the National Writing Project. This and more in the latest Educator Innovator newsletter.
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Also good for competent ESL students who are willing to improve their speaking skills

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i2Speak - Free Online Smart IPA Keyboard

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i2Speak is a free online Smart IPA Keyboard (International Phonetic Alphabet) to quickly write phonetic symbols using Roman letters without the need to memorize any symbol code.

 

 


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About time! Easy way to have phonetic transcription at hand!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 27, 12:39 AM

Well I'm not so sure about quick and not needing to know the symbols and code, but it does work well.


Jennifer Dorman's curator insight, August 27, 5:26 AM

Free IPA keyboard resource - great for ELA/ESL/EFL educators

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Classroom de Google

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It's already on!! Worth a look! Maybe not as rich as Moodle, but on the other hand, far simpler for rookies and newbies. Ideal for language teachers who want to manage reading and writing skills and assignments in one single space.

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Mastering the Teaching Game

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After listening to an interview with top tennis coach Sven Groeneveld, Carol Tomlinson clarifies eight essential principles that teaching shares with high-level sports coaching.
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A nice reminder never hurts anyone, does it?

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Improve Your Vocabulary - VocabMonk

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VocabMonk is a virtual guide to improve your vocabulary skills. Test your vocabulary today and gain the extra edge required to crack exams like GRE, GMAT, SAT and CAT for free.


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Time for drills.... always useful!! Worth a look

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Daniel Compton's curator insight, July 7, 7:25 AM

Another vocabulary builder- the standardized test features are a plus.

Wan-li Tsai's curator insight, July 7, 7:25 PM

Another interesting website to increase your vocabulary!

Barbara Paola Garcia's curator insight, August 4, 11:06 AM

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ForAllRubrics - The Rubric & Badging Platform

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A promising platform to integrate rubrics and a badge system. Mobile version also available... I am definitely going to give it a good look!

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A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor

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How can we make school a joyful experience without sacrificing rigor? What's the best way to measure true learning? What's the purpose of school? The founders and teachers at the PlayMaker School, an all-game based school in Los Angeles, are asking those big, hairy questions that all teachers grapple with. At the PlayMaker School, they're trying to find their own answers through their constantly morphing, complex experiment. Here are their thoughts about these issues, in their own words.
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Utopia? Well, they seem to be successful... and happy!

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How Tablets Are Powering The Future Of Storytelling

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Because one way or another... they are. Sooo, let's see how.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 26, 11:58 PM

Good stories are like springboards that set off the reader’s imagination into a realm of co-creation, where the the story evokes personal tales from the reader. These intertwine and lead to richer, memorable story experiences. 

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, June 29, 8:41 PM

Tablets are in the hands of every child and young adult across much of the planet. Children's and young adult storytellers take not.

Karen E Smith's curator insight, July 2, 12:46 PM

First drafts from now on are done on my iPad. This is a personal shift.

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Parade - Create your own scrolling album for free!

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Visit www.myparade.com to create your own free scrolling album to share with your friends.
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Simple storytelling, image description, ideas showcased... easy and rewarding tool

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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions

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Here are some proven techniques for keeping students from using digital devices inappropriately in your classroom Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and wireless intern...
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Necessary, indeed!!!

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Welcome to Epic, A School Where Students Are Heroes On a Quest

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At Epic charter middle school in Oakland, students are immersed in a game as soon as they step into the school on the first day.
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Getting Started with Google Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk

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When we first heard about the new LMS that Google was developing there was a widespread state of excitement – hoping that those who use Google Apps for Education and Google Drive would be rejoicing in the seamless integration of their services with a learning management system interface. Well, now that people are getting access […

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 22, 9:44 PM

Lean and free, will Google give you a course management system with legs? Take it for a walk and see. 

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, September 3, 10:31 PM

Google Classroom - Introduction

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Classcraft - Make learning an adventure

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If Class Dojo reintroduces the concept of rewards within an ICT environment, Classcraft improves it by turning the classroom into a sci-fi/fantasy role-play scenario. Extremely interesting to investigate!!

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Introducing ClassDojo Messenger!

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ClassDojo Messenger: The easiest way for teachers to instantly message with parents
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A different way to communicate with parents and students in a controlled environment.

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3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic

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Google’s advance in the education field has brought to schools around the globe affordable devices and effortless access to educational content. Google’s latest solution for learning is called Google Classroom. Although Google Classroom will be available at the beginning of the school year to all schools that have adopted Google Apps for Education, the Mountain …
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And here is one of the first articles on how to use it!

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Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning

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I believe in student-centered learning, and I believe there is huge potential for this kind of learning to occur in online environments. But the instructor is a key element of that learning, and we need to talk more explicitly about what her role is and the specific ways she negotiates and leverages her authority, guidance, and presence to design learning environments in which emergence is possible.


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That seems to be the way things will happen... time to adapt!!

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Helen Teague's curator insight, August 24, 6:11 PM

Many highlights but especially this post distinguishes between Lave & Wenger’s communities of practiceand Brown & Campione’s communities of learners, explaining that communities of practice emerge naturally because the community members have a common interest, whereas communities of learners are designed by instructors to put students in situations where they will engage in active and distributed learning. --featuring the research of Filitsa Dingyloudi

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 9:02 PM

El aprendizaje centrado en el estudiante.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 26, 5:36 AM

Un cuestionamiento interesante: "El aprendizaje centrado en el alumno es una excelente propuesta, pero el instructor es un elemento clave en estas formas de trabajo; es necesario explicitar su rol y las formas en que pondrá en práctica sus orientaciones y presencia en el diseño de ambientes de aprendizaje"

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Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free

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Animaker.com is a cloud-based do-it-yourself (#DIY) video making app that is bringing studio quality professional animation tools within reach of everyone.
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Fun and learn put together. Time to create animations in the easiest way... catchy and rich tool!

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, August 5, 11:16 PM

You must request an invitation to join it

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Episode Interactive « Pocket Gems

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Time to write love and hate stories, time to write, time to create, time to learn!

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Edu Apps

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Apps that can be integrated into VLEs such as Moodle

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It is paramount to integrate apps within VLEs... I hope creative apps find a place there as well soon!

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The magic of QR codes in the classroom - Innovate My School

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QR codes are on just about every product you might want to buy. Poppy Gibson, a Year 5 teacher and ICT coordinator in North London, has employed this massively-used technology for fun use in her classroom.
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Nice set of examples on how to use QR codes effectively!

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 11, 9:30 PM

Definately a good tool to use in the classroom.

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Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom

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Bring on the i. I just finished reading several books about intrinsic motivation. None of the research is new, so why aren't we incorporating intrinsic motivation into the classroom more? Here are ...

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Can we do anything to get our students into their learning process with motivation and engagement? Maybe we'll find some answers here.

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Agisa Abdulla's curator insight, June 21, 8:44 PM

authentic learning can happen with intrinsic motivation

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, June 26, 11:34 PM

I love this break down! Which motivation technique inspires learners  the best? Can both be meaningful and why? Which technique do you feel Common Core applies most heavily?

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, July 2, 4:01 PM

ahhh...esse tal MOTIvo para AÇÃO... vale a pena conhecer mais a respeito para auxiliar os aprendizes a encontrarem o seu próprio caminho: interiormente ou exteriormente ?


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Pixiclip

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Pixiclip is an online canvas that lets you communicate using a webcam or a mic. Just click record and you’re ready to go. Pixiclip is your message in motion!


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Use it to express ideas and projects on line in real time

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 23, 12:36 PM

This looks like a simple to use online sketch pad which you can add audio and webcam messages to. Nice collaborative online workspace.

Lee Hall's curator insight, June 19, 6:19 AM

This is a very easy to use site.