The following are a few of my favorite interactive tools! Be sure to check them out because we will for sure be using them during the year.
Digital Dialects Language Games – The Digital Dialects website features free to use online games to aid you in learning Spanish. The website includes games to learn Spanish phrases and greetings, numbers, food, units of time, animals, clothing, colors, and fruits and vegetables. All of the interactive games give the learner the option to play the games verbally and then answering the question, or doing it all by text. In addition, this site includes vocabulary builders, verb conjugation and alphabet, and advanced Spanish learner games. In the advanced Spanish learner section of the site includes two more vocabulary builders, and a game to learn and/or practice verbs in the infinitive. It also expands the “Animals” section to include birds and insects.
Quizlet – This is one of my personal favorite interactive tools to use because it’s fun and effective for almost any subject under the sun. Best of all, it’s a completely free site! This site has six different activities you can utilize to study on your own at any time and just about anywhere, as long as you have in internet connection. Quizlet even has their own mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. The six activities include making your own flashcards, “Learn”, “Speller”, “Scatter”, “Test”, and “Space Race”. The “Learn” section allows you to practice your vocabulary words, and is a non-verbal activity. In the “Speller” activity you type what you hear. The “Scatter” game is an activity where all your vocabulary words, in both languages, are scattered across the screen and you race against the clock to match them all up. The “Space Race” activity requires you to ‘destroy’ scrolling words by typing in their corresponding term in any order before they scroll past the screen. I can assure you that we will be using Quizlet in this class for take-home tests and quizzes as well.
Literacy Center Education Network – This is a site originally designed for younger kids however, I feel that it is still a great tool for all Spanish learning beginners. It’s “Play and Learn” section includes eight interactive games to test your Spanish skills. The games include being tested on capital, lowercase, and a mixture of both. In addition, there are interactive games that help you learn the Spanish names of geometric shapes, colors, and numbers. Lastly, there is a game that shows you pictures (such as shapes, or colors) and you have to spell it out.
Tellagami – Is a super fun mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video. One of the best parts is that you have complete creative control from beginning to end. You can customize your character(s), choose you background, and record and upload your voice. If you do not want to record your voice there is an option to type a message instead. However, for our class it will be required that you upload your voice because I will need to hear your pronunciations of your Spanish dialogues. After you create your short 30 second scene, you will e-mail it to me, and the next day we will watch every student’s Tellagami. This is a very fun project, and the great thing is that it can be used for all types of presentations for any type of subject. In addition, this app is available for both Apple and Android phones.