Search Results for young learners

Games for young learners

This is the second time I deliver a presentation for TeachMeet Int’l hosted by Arjana Blazic and Bart Verswijvel.

TeachMeet features free “micro” presentations from teachers around the world. It is an unplugged an informal gathering of teachers who show and share incredible ideas and activities for your classroom. Today there were 33 teachers from 20 countries willing to learn from each other. For more information about this event please check

My presentation was about how to use Moshi Monsters with young learners. I´ve been using this virtual game with them for a long time and the results are amazing.

Here is a screenshot of my 3 minute presentation.


Feel free to explore my slides and start integrating virtual games in your classroom.

Virtual Worlds for young learners

“Games lubricate the body and the mind.”
Benjamin Franklin



Motivate your young learners by introducing virtual worlds in your daily teaching. I´ve been uploading several virtual worlds in my Web 2.0 online calendar

Below you will find a short explanation on some of them.

Have fun playing these games!

Whyville is one of the oldest virtual worlds for kids. Students can design their own look, join a team, chat and play games. Check their offer of educational games such as The Skater & Spin Game, Hot Air Balloon Race, Dance Studio and many more.

Moshimonster Young learners love monsters. This simple and very visual virtual world will allow your students to animate their favourite monster.

Build a bear ville Allow your students to create their own stuffed animal and dress them up.

Dizzywood is an ads free unique virtual world for young learners. There are all kinds of imaginative places to explore.

Secret Builders Students need to create their site. They can invite family and friends to view their work. Just imagine conversing with William Shakespeare or other famous characters as you build your virtual home.

Wiglington and Wenks http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.comis a fantastic online virtual adventure world with a huge choice of activities and destinations. Check this video for more information

Mindyaland “Have fun, make friends, learn about money” is what you will find on their front page. “We created MinyanLand as a platform to entertain and educate a young generation so they understand the concept of a market and the basics of economics and finance on a real world level.”

Eeekworld is a virtual world that will teach kids how to take care of the world we live in. Take a look at the teacher’s guide as well as a family guide for more information.

Handiponts “motivates children to earn points by doing chores, worksheets and arts and craft.” Children have to completes a set of planned chores, they get points and rewards.

Mobile Kids is a virtual world for kids that teaches them traffic safety.

Teaching Young Learners with Technology

Our ability to learn whatever we want, whenever we want, from whomever we want is rendering the linear, age-grouped, teacher-guided curriculum less and less relevant.”

Will Richardson

Students changed but not the classrooms. We need to transition to this new world. They no longer need to memorize information and this does not mean that we will not continue to be great teachers. This is not about us but about our students. Teachers need to become learners once again and move away from their comfort zone.  If teachers start integrating technology there are many challenges and new tools that need to be integrated.

This year I am teaching English with technology. This means that as an EFL teacher I am in a position to kill two birds with one stone. Not only they learn English through games but they also learn how to use technology while having fun. Students are free to choose among the different Web 2.0 tools we have been working with in class.

I created a wiki www.web204digitalnatives.pbworks with a rich array of useful Internet addresses. One of the greatest criticisms of traditional coursebooks is their lack of authentic material. The Internet is a treasure of information that can provide teachers and students with up dated information .The Internet is our learning source alongside with other resources. Children must be educated to be what many people call “electronically literate”that can be translated as digital citizenship. As teachers we are not interested in the tools but what can these tools provide pedagogically.

The school project is divided into three different stages:

Stage 1: Learning English through games

Using games to learn English.

Stage 2: Using different Web 2.0 tools to create content

Autonomous learners

Stage 3: Project Based Learning

Opening our classroom door to the world.

Last month I had the pleasure to give a presentation based on what I am doing at school at 2010 Global Education Conference
Please click on the image below to see what my students think about their computer classes.

Halloween games for young learners


Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…
Nicholas Gordon



My students have been working really hard this semester therefore I allow them to play online games during our computer classes. Amazingly I become a learner because everyday they teach me something new. Last class they wanted to show me the Halloween games they play at home. Below you will find an interesting list of online Halloween games my 5th grade students love playing.

Enjoy these spooky Halloween games!!


Primary games

Free world Group

Free Halloween

The Kidz page


Halloween Mountain


Halloween Arcade

Please take a look at their glogs and the wonderful games they added.

Part 2: Winter sites for young learners

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

Clay P. Bedford

Learning is a treasure and children must have fun acquiring new concepts. These are the best websites chosen by my students to learn English and have fun at the same time.

Junior 2 best websites

Building words

Wordworld disguises learning through fun and interactive games. Easy navigation makes it friendly for young learners and first-time Internet users. Students learn how to identify different letters until they form a word.

106 Literacy activities

iBoard allows students to practice 106 literacy activities. You can choose several different topics: Numeracy, Literacy, New Literacy, Science, History, Geography, R.E., ICT, Early years and Old online club.There are loads of fun and interactive games. It is ideal for introducing topics on an Interactive Whiteboard.

Alien Scavenger Hunt

Students listen to the word  and must catch the letter bug to make up the word they hear. You do not need to catch the letters in order. Nice and simple game with a catchy sound for young learners.

Junior 3 best websites

Spin and spell

Click on the picture you want to spell. Dial the letters on the wheel to spell the word. You can also listen to the word and spell it. Really nice site to use with an Interactive Whitebaord.

Photo Munchrs

Students learn vocabulary from the flickr database photos that have been tagged with a particular word. A page full of photos will appear a green word at the top. Your monster must gobble up the ones that match the word presented on screen.

Part 1: Winter break sites for young learners

A great way to keep children entertained during our winter holiday is to allow them to play online games and learn English at the same time. This year I have been integrating several online games in my classes.

Here is a list of the best websites according to my students and divided by levels.

Kinder 5 best websites

Kids safari

Kinder 5 loves this website. They practice spelling by collecting the flying letters that spell the words chosen by the computer or type up to eight words you want your students to practice.  If you touch a bird or animal one balloon will pop.

Matching exercises

Nice visual site to match different images with the correct word. There is a timer for each game. Match school objects, family members, playground objects, animals, different parts of the face and food.

Learning Planet

Students have to complete the missing letter. Really nice activity for students who still haven`t learned the alphabet because they can check the alphabet before each game. Kinder 5 students really enjoys this website.

Junior 1 best websites

Switch zoo

Students love to create their own animal. They can change the head, body and tail of several animals and create their own crazy animal. Students can read the facts of each animal, add a title and a story to their own animal creation.

Spelling city

This is one of my favourite websites. I created a word list for my studens to learn new vocabulary. In order to create a word list you need to become a member. Students are able to learn words through several engaging games.

Connect the dots

Students enjoy connecting the dots and guessing what animal they have created. At the beginning the game is very easy but as you advance it becomes harder.

Please drop by soon to check Part 2 of Winter break sites for young learners.

Teaching spelling to young learners

Too much that is known about how to teach spelling isn’t being put into practice. I can think of no subject we teach more poorly or harbor more myths about than spelling.Richard Gentry, 1987

Teaching spelling has always been a concern for most teachers. Nowadays in the day-to-day change that occurs in education we are able to involve students in their our spelling using different Web 2.0 tools. They become autonomous learners and acquire spelling skills through games and they can even create their own spelling games.

Find below a list of different website to enhance spelling and feel free to use them with your young learners.

Spelling Time: Offers two different ways to learn spelling. The Spelling Program where you learn, practice and test your own word list and LiveSpelling Bee with word lists by grade level. Grade 3 and up.

Spelling City Create your own spelling list and allow students to choose from the great variety of games. Grade 1 and up.

Interactive games and activities: Choose from a wide variety of online games to enhance spelling.

Spelling Wizard: Enter 10 words to study. This websites offers to possibility to create Spelling Scramble or a Word Search. Grade 2 and up.

Everglades Spelling: Students must choose the animal they want to race with and they must figure out  the missing letter. Grade 4 and up.

Kid Safari: Create your own game using only 8 letter words. Choose the game level and use the arrows to move the boy with the balloon towards the correct letter.

Steller Speller: Take a look at the picture and spell it. Grade 2 and up.

Spelling Connections: Choose three different ways to improve spelling. Spelling and Thinking, Spelling and Writing, Spelling and Reading.

Language Arts Spell it!: Offers a wide collection of spelling websites.

When it comes to spelling there are students that are great spellers. Take a look at some  wonderful online examples on how to use different Web 2.0 tools to teach spelling.

Using Voicethread

Create your own spelling activities with Quia. Take a look at 5th grade spelling activities using Quia.

Edugloster spelling Alphabet.

Use Voki to help your students spell.

Make your students add the new words they are able to spell in a Wallwisher.

How are you teaching spelling? Are you using Web 2.0 tools to motivate your students?

Presentations 2013

September 12th & 13th: Jornada de Talleres y Feria por parte del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

September 7th: SBS Argentina Webinar


September 5th: ESSARP Training Centre- Online Course

Picture 125August 31th: SBS Argentina Webinar

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August 14th: ESSARP on the Road – St. Paul’s College: Teaching young learners with technology

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August 10th: SBS Argentina Webinar

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August 7th: ESSARP Training Centre

Using videos in your classroom- Online course

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August 7th: ESSARP Training Centre

Digital Storytelling

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July 26th: Share Convention in Buenos Aires.

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July 17,18 & 19th: TELF Conference in Brazil

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July 14th: WorldCALL in Glasgow, UK

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July 11th: WorldCALL in Glasgow, UK

Courseware Presentation at WorldCALL

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June 24th: Webinar for a school in San Juan on “Jazz up your classes with technology”.

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June 20th: Webinar for Cambridge English

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June 5th:Online e-moderator for ESSARP and ETAS.

English Teachers Association in Switzerland and ESSARP joined to offer a course on Digital Storytelling. Starting date: June 5th.

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June 1st: IATEFL Chile

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Giving three workshops and talks on Learning Technologies in the Classroom together with Gavin Dudeney and Penny Ur.

April 20th: Teachmeet Int’l

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Freebies for teachers

If you are a teacher you can´t miss these amazing opportunities!!

Check all the free professional development opportunities available for teachers in Argentina and abroad.

Looking forward to learning and sharing together.

1) In May

Free webinar for teachers on Saturday 26th of May – 10 am. Contact to sign up. No more vacancies !!!!

2) In June

June online course No more vacancies!!!

New online course on Educational Blogging with Young Learners offered in June. This course is sponsored by ESSARP in Argentina, ETAS in Switzerland and JALT Teaching Children SIG in Japan.

To enrol please check this link .

It´s free for ESSARP memebers.

June 1st

Free workshop for Teachers of English at Essarp offered by Jennifer Verschoor
Learn how to use the English for the Games material created by the British Council.
Limited vacancies. To register please click this link  No more vacancies!!

June 2nd

No more vacancies!!

Come and join our first webinar on Podasting. To enrol send an email to

June 16th

First ever IATEFL BESIG Satellite event in Buenos Aires.
For free enrolment, please check the following link

My first e-book

It´s time to share the good news!

Finally the book I have co-authored with Ozge Karouglu has arrived in the labs. This means that you can take a look at the free sample and download it.

The e-book is a part of theround that is founded by Lindsay Clandfield and Luke Meddings. I would like to thank both of them for their constant support and encouragement. They´ve made our dream come true!

We´ve been working hard and discussing the best web tools need to become a successful 21st century teacher.

The feedback we received has been really positive and we are looking forward to writing more ideas on how to integrate technology with young learners.

Feel free to download our sample version from this link and start using these ideas with your students.

We hope you enjoy this journey as much as we did.