LEARNER’S TOOLKIT v.1

This post is a follow-up to the Teacher’s Toolkit Lite

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My initial plan to use the Teacher Toolkit to equip small groups of students with dice and various cards (as part of my Save Trees, Save the Planet campaign) was quite a loud fiasco. Apparently, the combination of Noise and Maker made a perfect ‘tapbait’ for the students tempting them to tap the button and enjoy the chaos.

They say that temptation usually comes in through a door that has been (deliberately) left open. Well, sometimes, some doors need to be closed.

The Learner’s Toolkit v.1 complements the Teacher’s Toolkit and has 6 tools that might come in handy in the classroom and help save your time, paper and printer ink, i.e. create more with less and deliver greater value with less paper-based input. In many cases, it’s enough to have the app installed in one Android telephone for a group of 2-5 students. The Toolkit will provide students with a couple of dice, a set of nomination cards, a set of letters, a set of wh-questions, a coin, and refer them to various dictionaries online.

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Nomination Cards

The Nomination Cards app is based on the Tekhnologic’s set of nomination cards. It can be used in discussion activities as a way to give all students a chance to speak and keep the conversation going (Nomination Cards: Giving students a chance to speak). In turns, students tap the button and generate new cards.

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Random Letter

If you decide to play alphabet games (‘A’ IS FOR ALPHABET, ‘G’ IS FOR GAMES) and arrange your students in small groups, the Random Letter will serve as a handy random letter generator. Just tap the alphabet and it will do (actually say) the rest.

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Random Wh-

This tool helps generate a random wh- question word. It works great with Question Charts  and various question-based communication games.

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Coin Flipper

Quite many games/activities offered on my blog include tossing a coin: e.g. PHRASAL VERBS: SPIDER’S WEBSNAIL RACE: REVISIONTHE NEVER BORING GAME, the FOOTBALL GAME, etc. Just tap the coin. Heads or tails?

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Dice Roller

If you teach large classes and decide to play a board game, the Dice Roller will be a perfect solution. Students pick whether they need a die or two dice and shake the phone (or tap the dice).

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Dictionary

The Dictionary tool refers students to the list of various dictionaries and resources they might find helpful (see page Resources for Learners on ELT-cation). It’s the only app in the Toolkit that requires Wi-Fi.

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If you’d like to try the tools, click the Learner’s Toolkit app to install it in your telephone. Your learners can access the app in the section Resources for Learners.

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This version is for Android phones only. It is absolutely free and has no pop-up ads. If you’d like to cooperate with me and make an iOS version, please let me know!

 

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