This is the second ‘episode’ in Meghan Fahey’s ongoing series. For earlier posts see the links at the end.
If you’re looking for a multiplayer game that’s easily modifiable and fun way to help children learn new words with visual scaffolding, look no further….
Futaba is a 4 player game designed for kids. This outrageously fun word quiz game can be used at home or in the classroom as a entertaining way to build language skills.
It’s perfect for children 4-8 and is ideal for supporting class room activities of all types (or just as fun to play at home!). Futaba is a great way to learn English but can be easily be modified for content specific vocabulary.
It’s pretty simple (in a good way); each player takes a seat around the iPad and taps in to start. The game begins as images zoom into the playing area. The first player to match the word to the image scores a point. Win 3 rounds and you’ll be awarded a giant (but very friendly) seedling… you are gamifying vocabulary.
Futaba (Japanese for ‘seedling”) was originally conceived to provide a simple and fun way for ESL students to
practice learning words in a classroom environment. Futaba comes with over 100 wonderful hand drawn illustrations, professional audio soundtracks and has high quality visuals. Parents, teachers and even students themselves can create their own content by using either the built in camera, the camera roll by copying images to iTunes. Dropbox account holders can also upload new images via the drop!
There is a free/trial version of the app, but the major features described are only available in the full version. Future support is planned for iCloud
Contact Meghan for more questions about the app or to share apps you’ve used with your students.
Earlier posts in this series: