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Webinar given as part of the IATEFL YLT SIG session for TESOL EVO 2014 - http://yltsigevo2014.wordpress.com/

February 3rd 2014

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• Now, I&apos;d like to turn to a different kind of activitiy, which exploits a computer game called Droppy.
Droppy is an online game that has ten short stages, each of which involve solving a puzzle to help Droppy (the character) solve a problem
How I play this in class, using the IWB, is by first showing the learners a number of the screenshot images taken from the inital stages of the game. I tell the learners I am going to show them 5 images and ask them just to observe and remember as much about each image as they can.
After they have done this, then they have to write (and/or draw, as one of my students did) what they can remember of each image. They can then compare these notes with a partner.
Then I ask a volunteer to tell me what they remember of the first image. I use &apos;Graham Euros&apos; in this class to motivate the learners, and so I give the learner who first volunteers some of these when they have finished. Then I ask if anyone can improve on this initial description. Rather than add information, I ask the learner to give a &apos;better&apos; description – this way they have to say as much as they can about the image. I&apos;ll then ask if anyone else can improve on this, and so it continues. This way, the learners are encouraged to really work hard and to say as best as they can, with as much desciptive language as possible. I have seen my teenage learners during this activity really work very hard trying to speak at the very limits of their ability.
Let&apos;s try the activity out so you cn see how it works.
• Here&apos;s image 1
• Here&apos;s image number 2
• Image number 3
• Image number 4
• Image number 5
• Now, turn to the people next to you and describe as best you can the 5 images
Afterwards, I&apos;ll ask one of you to describe them as best as you can to me.
• Now, turn to the people next to you and describe as best you can the 5 images
Afterwards, I&apos;ll ask one of you to describe them as best as you can to me.
• The second stage in the activity is to show another five images, showing the solution to each of the five stages previously shown.
I then ask the learners to tell me what has happened, from the first image to the last one.
This gets the learners using different language and also shows them the solution to each stage of the game. Let&apos;s have a look at these now, and you can tell me what&apos;s happened in each of the stages.
Droppy has made a hat from the cactus to protect him from the sun
Droppy has moved the rubbish, turned on the streetlight and called a cab
Droppy has fixed the antenna and is watching TV
Droppy has caught a fish
Droppy has stolen the golden statue
Finally, I would then let the learners play the actual game, which would not take much time now that they have seen how each stage can be solved.
Youy can either ask the learners to take turns to play each stage and get the others to help them by giving advice, or yu can play the game and ask the learners to tell you what to do. Setting a time limit (1 minute) to finish each stage is usually a good idea. If the student doesn&apos;t finish, then go to another stage and then return to the stage later with a different student volunteering.
• Kids Videogames Images & ELT

1. 1. - Kids, Video Games, Images & ELT - Graham Stanley graham.stanley@gmail.com IATEFL YLT SIG TESOL EVO 3rd February 2014 http://yltsigevo2014.wordpress.com/
2. 2. Colossal Cave (1975) IF Only: Interactive Fiction and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL/TESOL) Joe Pereira: http://www.theswanstation.com/wordpress/
3. 3. Pong (1975)
5. 5. Underwurlde (1984)
6. 6. Zero Wing (1989)
7. 7. http://www.dorkly.com/comic/54193/graphics-through-the-ages
8. 8. Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)
9. 9. http://www.dorkly.com/comic/54193/graphics-through-the-ages
10. 10. Star Fox (1993) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Fox_(video_game
11. 11. http://www.dorkly.com/comic/54193/graphics-through-the-ages
12. 12. Super Mario 64 (1996) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_64
13. 13. http://www.dorkly.com/comic/54193/graphics-through-the-ages
14. 14. Final Fantasy X (2001) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy_X
15. 15. http://www.dorkly.com/comic/54193/graphics-through-the-ages
16. 16. Skyrim (2012) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elder_Scrolls_V:_Skyrim
17. 17. The Uncanny Valley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKTAJBQSm10
18. 18. Spot the difference The Party 01A http://www.screencast.com/t/ObSJ3h8TYB The Party 01B http://www.screencast.com/t/KfTizyGd8I (2013)
19. 19. What differences did you find between the two scenes? What do we know about Jodie's special powers? What do you think is going to happen next?
20. 20. Worlds apart – fantastical places From: Digital Play – Mawer & Stanley, 2011
21. 21. What's the name of the game? What's the name of the game world?
22. 22. What kind of a place is it? What can you find there? Who lives there? Is it safe or dangerous? Floating islands.Trees Mario. Monsters What makes it different to the real world? There are floating coins. There are man-eating plants. You can fly, etc.
23. 23. What's the name of the game? What's the name of the game world?
24. 24. What kind of a place is Liberty City? Is it safer or more dangerous than Mario Land? What can you do there? Meet people. Steal cars. Rob banks. Would you like to live there? Why? Why not? No. It's a very violent place. What makes it different to Mario Land? It's more like real life. There's no magic and it's a city. There are no monsters. There are cars.
25. 25. What's the name of the game? What's the name of the game world?
26. 26. New Austin What kind of a place is New Austin? It's in the wild west of the US What can you do there? Ride a horse. Find treasure. Can you describe the place? New Austin is a desert, with lots of cacti and wild animals. The people live in small towns and on farms and there are lots of outlaws.
27. 27. What's the name of the game? What's the name of the game world?
28. 28. Shambhala What kind of a place is Shambhala? It's a hidden city What can you do there? Explore. Find treasure Can you describe the place? Shambhala is also called Shangri-La. It is a was a mythical city in the Himalayas. Despite its location, the climate is different from the world outside - it is tropical climate instead of the cold, snowy climate of the Himalayas.
29. 29. Good, better, best – comparisons From: Digital Play – Mawer & Stanley, 2011
30. 30. Who is better? Who is the best? Who is... ...the strongest? ...the silliest? ...the most famous?
31. 31. Before and after – what's changed? http://www.pencilkids.com/the-vault/droppy-flash-game/ From: Digital Play – Mawer & Stanley, 2011 Demand High Adrian Underhill & Jim Scrivener http://demandhighelt.wordpress.com   Are our learners capable of more, much more? How can I push my students to upgrade their language and improve their skills more than they believed possible? Promoting Demand High speaking with an online game
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34. 34. Now describe the five images to your partner as best you can
35. 35. Can I have a volunteer to describe the first image? Does anyone have a better description?
36. 36. Next stage Can you explain to your partner... What has happened? http://www.pencilkids.com/the-vault/droppy-flash-game/
37. 37. Clone Me – Like me, like you http://www.heromachine.com/ http://www.dressupgames.com/ http://www.stardoll.com/ From: Digital Play – Mawer & Stanley, 2011
38. 38. Who is this? Who is this? Who is this?
39. 39. http://www.stardoll.com/en/dolls/1233/Miley_Cyrus_4.html http://www.stardoll.com/en/dolls/1299/Robert_Pattinson.html What were they wearing?
40. 40. What is he wearing? What is different from The first picture of this superhero? Other possibilities: - Picture Dictation - Spot the Mistake - Super Hero Stories - etc.
41. 41. The blog http://www.digitalplay.info/blog/ Looking for more ideas? The book http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/titles/methodology/digital-play