When I was a child, the Snake game was incredibly popular. Of course, that was a long time ago. The games have changed since but when I see how popular the game Slitherio (a new version of the Snake game) is, I believe children have not changed that much. And they might appreciate if we bring the Snake game into our classroom and use it to teach something.(more…)
Mobile phones are bad! Students spend hours on mobile apps and they do not learn! What can we do about it?
I tried to do something about it. I prepared a responsive website for my students to learn on their mobiles and … they didn´t come.
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But then I created my first android app and everything changed. I became a school hero and students have been showing me their mobiles with my app on them.
And I wondered: Why do they suddenly learn on their mobiles?
The answer is simple. Data is expensive and when the students decide to use the internet, they do it to socialize. And let´s be honest, my static website is no competition for sites like Facebook or Instagram.
But as the app does not require the internet connection, it sits in their mobile phones and waits for the moment when the students disconnect. And then the students start to play the vocabulary game. Several factors play their role here. First, students can use their mobile phones, second, no one blames them that they do not learn, and third, they make their parents and teachers happy by playing a mobile app on their phone.
The application – explanation
So what does the “miracle” application do?
It is quite simple. There appears a word on the screen in students´ MT and they have to type the word in English. If they answer incorrectly the correct answer is shown, and the word gets repeated after a while.
There are sixty levels and students get points and stars for their performance.
You can download the mobile app at Google Play. It is called “Top 450 slovicek v aj final“.
In my application they learn 450 most frequent words in English. You can see the screenshots here:
My first mobile app – Free app for you
As this app is incredibly easy to customise, I can offer you the following: If you send me a text file with 450 words + their translation or definitions I will make an app for you which you can offer your students.
I will do it for free.
The only thing I want is, that I may later use the text file in any way I want.