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Dragons, Dictionaries & Diligent Reading | Digital Play

Dragons, Dictionaries & Diligent Reading | Digital Play | Digital Play | Scoop.it

Level: Upper Intermediate+

Location: Computer room

Skills Focus: Reading

Language Focus: Following Instructions

Game: Nick Toldy & The Legend of Dragon Peninsula

 

A fun puzzle game with nice graphics, an interesting storyline, plenty of humour and lots of nice written text for your learners to read.

 

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There are a lot of clues to what you need to do in the text but it's worth either having knowledge of the game through playing it or having a walkthrough to hand (a link on the page provides one).

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Creating your own computer games: | Digital Play

Creating your own computer games: | Digital Play | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Hunched over a keyboard in the classroom he clicks away furiously with the mouse whilst simultaneously sweeping the virtual room from side-to-side. Game tiles fall before his lightning-quick reflexes. He’s done it, in record time! The fastest student to complete the vocabulary matching game since…the last person! That he didn’t read any of the vocabulary hardly seems to matter. He was a hero!
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Game-based education is focus of summit

Game-based education is focus of summit | Digital Play | Scoop.it
CLEMSON — How can computer games help America’s schoolchildren learn?
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Infographic: From Mobile Moms To Teens With Tablets | Conduit Blog

Infographic: From Mobile Moms To Teens With Tablets | Conduit Blog | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Read on Conduit Blog all the tech news, social media tips, exciting technology thought pieces, the latest and most exciting industry products and how
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Games still top the Google play app downloads.

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Computer Games and Language Aims
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Oddness abound here.  Interested to know if you know of any weird and wonderful games too.

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BenBen Information Technology Officially Releases English-Language Learning Game “West Journey -- Spell force” | Business Wire

BenBen Information Technology Officially Releases English-Language Learning Game “West Journey -- Spell force” | Business Wire | Digital Play | Scoop.it
BenBen Information Technology has officially launched its English-language learning game, “West Journey -- Spell force” on the Android pla
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Works on Voice recognition so may be interesting to try for speaking practice.  Wonder about background noise.

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Monkey Madness Speaking Activity | Digital Play

Monkey Madness Speaking Activity | Digital Play | Digital Play | Scoop.it
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A fun speaking activity for a Pre-intermediate language learning class in a connected classroom.

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How students learn, Mind Wiz, launches on Kickstarter - CIOL

How students learn, Mind Wiz, launches on Kickstarter - CIOL | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Mind Wiz Labs argues that the real revolution is in the form of beautifully animated dynamic games to supplement the standard static textbook-only studying technique
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Like the idea of digital play being seen as a necessary support to a text book.

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Parents and Teachers Want More Educational Digital Games | Digital Book World

Parents and Teachers Want More Educational Digital Games | Digital Book World | Digital Play | Scoop.it
As children and teens spend more time playing games on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, parents and teachers want to find ways to harness that
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Parents and Teachers Want More Educational Digital Games | Digital Book World

Parents and Teachers Want More Educational Digital Games | Digital Book World | Digital Play | Scoop.it
As children and teens spend more time playing games on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, parents and teachers want to find ways to harness that
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The 20 Best Blogs About Game-Based Learning - Online Colleges

The 20 Best Blogs About Game-Based Learning - Online Colleges | Digital Play | Scoop.it
These blogs can help you keep up with the latest movements and technologies shaping the future of game-based learning.
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So much to read.  So little time.

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Spotlight on Digital Play Innovators #7 Steven L. Thorne | Digital Play

Spotlight on Digital Play Innovators #7 Steven L. Thorne | Digital Play | Digital Play | Scoop.it

Steven L. Thorne is the Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition at Portland State University and also works for the Department of Applied Linguistics at the university of Groningen, the Netherlands. We wanted to write about Steven L. …

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Vancouver's Vivity Labs Acquired by Rosetta Stone for $12 Million in Cash - Techvibes.com

Vancouver's Vivity Labs Acquired by Rosetta Stone for $12 Million in Cash - Techvibes.com | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Vancouver-based Vivity Labs has been acquired by Rosetta Stone. Rosetta acquired Vivity for $12 million in cash. Vivity is the
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How Virtual Games Can Help Struggling Students Learn

How Virtual Games Can Help Struggling Students Learn | Digital Play | Scoop.it
More educators are using online games to supplement teaching, and are seeing positive results.
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100 most common words in English | Digital Play

100 most common words in English | Digital Play | Digital Play | Scoop.it

Can you identify the 100 most common words in the English language in 5 minutes?

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Fun and addictive game for students and teachers alike.

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McGraw-Hill education changes with the times

McGraw-Hill education changes with the times | Digital Play | Scoop.it

The days of purely teaching students through text books is something that should be found in a history book, or more likely, an online history course or app. The tried-and-true, and ancient, method of teaching through books alone has been forever changed by technology. McGraw-Hill Education has been investing a lot of time, money and research into the 21st Century classroom and is releasing new educational video games that introduce new ways for kids of all ages to learn everything from politics to Spanish.

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Duolingo Gamifies Language-Learning, Targets Asia Next

Duolingo Gamifies Language-Learning, Targets Asia Next | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Language-learning platform Duolingo wants to be a game, which suits its next target: Asia.
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Lumosity: Brain Games & Brain Training

Lumosity: Brain Games & Brain Training | Digital Play | Scoop.it
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Think I'll put my learners on this and get them to write a review :)

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Video Game Teaches People Japanese As They Play [Video] - PSFK

Video Game Teaches People Japanese As They Play [Video] - PSFK | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Koe is an RPG that teaches players how to read and understand the Asian language.
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Valentine’s Typing | Digital Play

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Just in time for Valentine's :)

 

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Top Ten Connected Classroom Guided Reading Games | Digital Play

Top Ten Connected Classroom Guided Reading Games | Digital Play | Digital Play | Scoop.it

A selection of online games with in-game written text support that offer a fun opportunity for a guided reading.  Focus on language as well as discussing the narrative and story direction.

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Particularly like Vortex Point 3 because the in-game text has audio.

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The Evolving Concept of Gamification Drives Demand for Game-Based Learning, According to a New Trend Report Published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

The Evolving Concept of Gamification Drives Demand for Game-Based Learning, According to a New Trend Report Published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. | Digital Play | Scoop.it
San Jose, California (PRWEB) January 23, 2014 -- GIA announces the release of a trend report on Game-Based Learning.
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A few gaming companies to check out there.

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How Video Games Will Help Us Steal Back Our Focus

How Video Games Will Help Us Steal Back Our Focus | Digital Play | Scoop.it
I’ve become a focus junkie.If I see something written in a legit publication about techniques or technologies to improve mental focus, I freebase it—mainly because the forces draining focus are unrelenting, and I’m convinced that the only way to regain...
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Check out the links running down the left hand sight for more reading.

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The Fun And Games Of The FBI

The Fun And Games Of The FBI | Digital Play | Scoop.it

It almost seems peculiar that an institution as intimidating and high-profile as the US Federal Bureau of Investigation would involve video games at any level of their establishment - after all, aren't games generally considered entertainment? Aren't FBI agents trained by having The Knowledge Of The Law Enforcement Universe zapped straight into their brains in the womb? Perhaps this particular writer has engaged a bit too much with popular culture. According to Pargman, I'm not alone.

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DreamWorks to launch DreamTab Android tablet for children

DreamWorks to launch DreamTab Android tablet for children | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Hollywood studio teams up with manufacturer Fuhu for device with education, animation and NFC gaming. By Stuart Dredge
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Educational Language Mobile Gaming Fundraiser is Launched on Indiegogo Website

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2013 Ben Liu, a father who has also worked as a teacher for 20 years, has just launched a fundraiser on Indiegogo to try to raise money to market his innovative and educational
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