The vocabulary 'journal' is a good case in point, and thanks to Erhan, we have a nice example of how such a resource can be made more 'interactive' and more 'fun' for students. Erhan has been plugging away at the target vocabulary for the past few days, and has already amassed a considerable number of flashcards in his 'channel' at http://www.studystack.com/users/kerimabdulcanbaz
- I really like the way he has numbered the stacks, making it easy to sort them and find a particular set matched to a particular point in the syllabus. And, as Talip showed us in his workshop, you can 'tick' multiple stacks to create activities (I love the hangman game) to use directly in class. Combining words from multiple stacks means that students can start to see how learning vocabulary is cumulative, and not just learning words one week and then forget about them.
- Also, the PRINT option to create crosswords, wordsearch puzzles, and matching activities as a worksheet to use in class is a great way to add variety to a lesson, and have on hand when the technology lets us down.
- Also, it is possible for students to download these to their smart phones, as Talip showed us.
In fact, it might be an idea for teachers at one level to 'share the load', and each do one stack apiece and share the results. Of course, as Algi mentioned to me in the hall, it would be even better to shift this responsibility onto the shoulders of students, and get them to build the stacks for us. Now that prospect is really attractive....