Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gaming in an English Classroom

As a future English teacher, I constantly search for ways to make my lessons more interesting and relevant to my students. I want to go beyond the traditional structure of the typical English classroom and make my classes exciting as well as rewarding for my students.

One modern way to engage students in a lesson is to utilize the technology available in your classroom for online gaming. According to Elizabeth Simpson's article, "Today's dominant emerging culture is the culture of gamers... Clearly, teachers are going to have to rethink how they present material in the classroom."

Now, let's talk about how gaming can be used specifically in an English classroom. There are thousands of different online games available for free online, but this site serves as an excellent resource for games involving middle or high school-level vocabulary, analogies, story ideas, comics and even learning English as a second language.

Check out the links and see for yourself how online gaming can improve your lesson plans. Game on!

Image "The Online Resource Station" by UCCS Kraemer Family Library taken from Flickr with permission

Wednesday, March 25, 2015