Fun with WordMagnets

WordMagnets: color them, size them, add more, drag and drop them…

One that comes from Nik Peachey's excellent Learning Technology Blog

Nik suggests that you could use WordMagnets as a tool for Revising Short Texts and Syntax, on a computer and/or on an interactive whiteboard.

WordMagnets is free, doesn't require installation and enables you to copy and paste (or type in your own) short texts — which are then converted into drag-and-drop "fridge magnets".

Apart from Nik's great ideas, the variety of simple "backgrounds" you can choose from would allow for the creation of simple exercises and games… Shown above, an example with two overlapping circles, which took me exactly 1 minute to create.

You certainly could use it with an interactive whiteboard — but it would also work well if you have a computer room on which students could work in pairs creating exercises for each other…

(As Nik notes, regrettably you can't save your creations — but they are real fast to create… You could take a screenshot, as I did, but you'll then lose all interactivity.)

But that's fun…!

Project #3 Self-study multimedia exercises

Level: 3 levels, Upper-Intermediate, First Certificate (FC), Post-FC

Circumstances: Business English students at University

Classroom time required: None; material to be accessed in self-access centre

Brief outline: Teacher to create multiple-choice comprehension questions on business texts taken from Internet, to provide extra reading practice

Equipment required: Computer; HotPotatoes (free download, but 25 user licence is over $1,000)

To find out more about HotPotatoes:
http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/hotpot/