This blog comes from the Sandringham EdTech team, highlighting how EdTech can be used to support, and facilitate high quality teaching in relation to the ‘Great Teaching and Learning’ framework. This blog focuses on the curriculum and specifically 1.1: Sandringham teachers have fluent knowledge of the content and skills they are teaching including subject specific vocabulary.
With the need for students to know and master the vocabulary for your subject as important as ever, we thought it may be helpful to take a whistle stop tour of some key apps and digital platforms which may make your life in this area a little easier.
The suggestions and insights here are just that, and are not meant as a way of us telling you what will work best for you in your classroom setting. However, we hope that this blog may help some of you save some time and possibly support you in establishing some new tools to help your students grasp, utilise, and (hopefully) master the essential vocabulary of your subject.
An app designed for fun rather than education as a primary focus. However, a fun tool which can help your students consolidate vocabulary within your subject. Katie Wills, a PE teacher and Director of Learning for Personal Development at Sandringham School has successfully used Charades to aid in her students’ understanding of keywords.
At the end of the lesson students add subject specific terminology ‘cards’ to a custom deck of key terms. In pairs, they can then play heads up by describing the key term to their partner and competition to see who can get the most key terms in 30 seconds. Over a series of lessons, they can keep adding key terms until the deck contains all of the subject specific vocab for the unit. Katie Wills Director of Learning: Personal Development at Sandringham School
Charades is a great tool when wanting to imbed and practice keywords, whilst also appealing to students through its informal approach. Students are able to practice key skills in a fun and social way, allowing them to approach subject vocabulary in a low-stakes but competitive environment.
The need for subject specific vocabulary knowledge in Modern Foriegn Languages (MFL) is paramount to student success. At Sandringham, the MFL department utilise a range of tools to support students; knowledge, understanding and recognition of subject specific vocabulary.
As covered in a recent blog, Blooket is a more elaborate version of Quizlet or Kahoot but works in a similar way to test factual information or definitions. The main difference between Quizlet/Kahoot and Blooket is that on Blooket you have a range of games to choose from. All games can be based on one ‘set’ of vocabulary/ definitions/facts but you can choose which game you want to play with your class. This helps to keep it fresh for students and teachers alike! For the full Blooket blog and tutorial follow this link: Blooket Blog
Quizlet is perhaps a more familiar and longer serving educational apps. We have covered Quizlet in various forms in previous blogs. However, for those of you looking to establish the use of apps to support vocabulary for the first time, this may be a safe bet. Setting up an account is simple (especially if you already have a G Suite account).
Once signed up/in, you can choose to create your own slide decks or browse the large catalogue of teacher created content. Use the search bar in the top right corner of the page. (As with any online search the more specific you can be, the better!)
Once you have found a suitable deck, you will have the option to add it to your class/profile.
Clicking the share button will allow you to share with your class on Google classroom.
You can get a link to embed in your class slides by clicking the three dots…
Finally, the customise button will allow you to make a copy of the slide deck and make any edits or changes you wish.
More information and a blog relating to some of the more advanced features of Quizlet can be found here. Quizlet Live – Tutorial/Blog