Up and Down storybook app by Mr. Garamond tells the story of two children living in opposite parts of the world. Profits from the app go to Bubisher, a travelling Bus of Books for the children living in Western Saharan refugee camps.
The book begins with two boys, each in their bedroom. One illustration is more colorful than the other to highlight cross cultural differences. Kids can choose to play a game while reading the book, which involves finding objects that are similar on both sides of the page. For example, a ball, a bird or a toothbrush.
The idea is to show that although the two boys live in different surroundings, they still have the same routine and do the [...]
Game-based learning has been used in language classrooms for many years, but the availability of motion sensing devices has opened up a whole new world of learning for students. This video from Cramlington Learning Village in the UK shows how one classroom is learning French and Spanish using the Nintendo Wii and electronic dancemats.
In response to the White House challenge to federal agencies to create games that have a positive impact on learning, health, and social change, The SuperGroup and U.S. Department of State have launched Trace Effects, an on-and-offline interactive 3D video game experience designed for students ages 12-16 throughout the world who want to expand their English skills and learn about American culture.
Promoting the learning and teaching of American English around the world is an integral part of the Department of State’s efforts to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. With Trace Effects, the U.S. Department of [...]
Language is a wonderful thing. It is the common thread that binds entire societies, allowing ease of communication and understanding. Finding yourself in a situation where you are unable to adequately communicate, on the other hand, is extremely frustrating. Whether you are travelling abroad or seeking to learn a new language, the more tools you have at your disposal the better. Check out this list from aupairjobs.com of the 10 best iPhone apps for translating languages.Languages
The name may not seem very imaginative, but the app certainly delivers on the promise. Languages is a $0.99 app that includes 12 full language dictionaries as of January 2013. The best feature of [...]