Teaching Resources

1- Flow free

Flow free  is a simple yet addictive puzzle game. Connect matching colors with pipe to create a Flow. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle (iTunes,  2014).  This game can be used as a head starter for a maths lesson as it starts challenging the students to involve themselves in solving problems.

Here’s a video of how this game works,

 

 


 

  • Evaluation Matrix for flow free

 

Name of teaching resource: 

 

Flow free

Weblink (if web based)

 

Web based  http://moh97.us/flow/and ipad application

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

 

Suitable for year 2- 3

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

 

Can be used individually or in a group, on a PC, tablet or a smartphone.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

 

Maths, patterns, problem solving

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

 

Bright colours which attract the child’s mind and encourages vibrant thinking skills, in order to join the dots to each other. It takes time and skill to complete this games level efficiently. Which is grown and taught through each growing level.

  • Challenging logic puzzle game!
  • Smooth, bright, colourful graphics!
  • Easy to play!

 

 

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

 

This game can get very addictive, so it’s important to play it for only a certain amount of time.

– No ad-free version.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

 

It’s a brain trainer, and exerciser. So it will be great to use before starting a maths lesson.

 


 

2- Fun English

English Learning Games for Kids. Educational activities to teach kids how to read, speak & spell in English (iTunes, 2014). The lessons in this game can be used to enhance your own classroom lessons, either using them at the start of an English lesson to give and idea about the topic, or at the end of a topic, to reinforce what you have taught to your students.

 

 

Here’s an example of a lesson in the app,

 

 


 

– Evaluation Matrix for Fun English

 

Name of teaching resource

 

Fun English

Weblink (if web based)

 

iPad application

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

 

Kindy, Pre-primary to year 4.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

 

It should be used as individually, and the lessons on it should also be used in the classroom to enhance further learning

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

 

English/Literacy

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

 

It’s engaging and entertaining, and the students learn English rapidly. It has 7+ unique language learning games. It also has clear speech and simple to use.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

 

American spelling for some words/ may be too overwhelming for kids in the beginning.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

 

I would use this resource before lessons to help start the English lesson, their brains would be ready to learn the much heavier stuff after doing a lesson or two. For eg. Making them do a lesson on adjectives on the iPad, and then basing a whole lesson around adjectives. Reinforcing what they’ve just learnt.  I would also use this application to introduce them to new concepts, such as understanding emotions and knowing how to convey them in appropriate language.

 

 

 

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Howell. Jennifer, (2014), ‘Teaching with ICT, digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity’. Victoria, Australia. Oxford University Press

Kids, ESL. (2012). ‘Basic English Emotions pt.1 – Kids ESL vocabulary by Pumkin.com’. Retrieved from   https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL3BB11D007B0A82B1&v=m873opno1M0

Stark, S. (2013). ‘Flow Free Walkthrough – Regular Pack 8×8: Levels 1-30’. Retrieved from  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5QzX9PsmZ0

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