Station work - CD-ROM game - SecondaryUploaded by Graham Stanley, British Council Barcelona (Spain)
This videoclip shows a learner working on her own, during station work, playing a game that involves ordering sentences by dragging and dropping them. The game is from the coursebook CD-ROM. During the clip, you can hear other learners help her, and at one point she asks the teacher for help with a particular sentence. The teacher is at another station during this clip.
Target language: English
Resource language: English
Native language of learners: Spanish
Age range: 11+
Language level: A1 - beginner
Educational context: Secondary Education
IWB Features: Drag & drop, Other
Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB, Station / carousel work
Language area: Grammar
IWB board used: SMART Board
"My learners at this point are now used to working with CD-ROMs on the IWB. You can see this in the way that this learner manages to use several different tools to continue playing the game, without help from me. The class is at an 'offsite school' and I am not familiar with this type of IWB (Smart board), so I generally just use the coursebook CD-ROM when I use the board, apart from writing on it of course, and accessing websites, etc. "
"The CD-ROM games are a fun way to practise English"
The learner makes a mistake at the whiteboard, and accidentally writes on it at one point, but she knows how to solve this and first erases the writing and then changes back from the pen tool to the cursor tool to continue playing the game. This shows us that the llearner is familiar with using the whiteboard. You can also see the learner has to jump to enter the sentence at the end of the game. Although she seems to cope with this without a problem, ideally, the whiteboard should be placed at a height which means learners do not have to stretch themselves in order to reach the top of the board, although this can be difficult because you also want the whiteboard to be placed at a height which is comfortable for the teacher, and a classroom could be used by several different age groups. One solution is to use a small plastic platform that allows the shorter learners to be able to reach the top of the board when they stand on them. Another is having the board placed on an adjustable rack - this is better when you get a projector that is attached to the IWB, because otherwise, every time you change the height of the board, you will have to adjust the projector and recalibrate the board.
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