Animate, Play and Learn English with Bubble and Pebble
“Animate, Play and Learn English with Bubble and Pebble” was created in 2010 by Kindergarten students of the Terakki Foundation Schools in Turkey (http://www.terakki.org.tr). The children were given the chance to create their own learning/teaching materials, combining their English, IT and Animation skills, and toshare the result with children from all over the world.
They drew and coloured the two main characters, the boy Bubble and the girl Pebble, the game backgrounds and objects. As the children have been learning how to animate pictures in their animation lessons, they animated the pictures of the digital games, putting together the drawings as frames of a stop-motion animation. The children recorded their voices in English, thus practising their pronunciation in English.
Their IT teacher then put the recordings and the animations together to design the digital games, which help players reinforce the topics the children have learned in English class: colours, numbers, shapes, clothes and fruit. Not only did the children improve their artistry skills and foreign language skills but they also learned how to bring life into the characters they drew. They also learned that a computer can be used for play as well as for learning English, while they also improved their basic computer skills such as using the mouse and keyboard.
Playing their own games, the pupils can practice their English skills further and are more motivated in English class. Although created for kindergarten students, these games can be used in lower primary classes as well, according to the curriculum and the level of the students. This material will be further improved and will be used in English classes in the following years as well as in different lessons and classes. The teachers of the Terakki Foundation Schools plan to create more games on different topics which will be dubbed in Turkish, French and German.
A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/animate-play-and-learn-english-with...
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Özge Karaoğlu's blog about educational media
This is a very nice blog by Özge Karaoğlu, who wrote the storyline of Daisy and Drago, winner project of the MEDEA Award for Creativity and Innovation 2009 (http://www.medea-awards.com/daisy-and-drago). She works as the leader of the kindergarten department and as an English teacher at Terakki Foundation School (Turkey), using new developing Web 2.0 technologies in her teaching and writing about how to use these technologies in language education on her personal blog.
Daisy and Drago
Daisy and Drago is an animation by 6-year old Turkish pupils under the guidance of two teachers from the Terakki Foundation Schools in Istanbul, Turkey, English teacher Miss. Özge Karaoğlu and animation teacher Mrs. Havva Kangal Erdoğan. Daisy and Drago aims to entertain young learners while they learn a foreign language (in this case English) and help them to build permanent learning in English. The pupils made drawings in their animation class, coloured them and by putting them behind each other, an animation was created. The pupils also dubbed the animation for a Turkish and an English version.
In a repetitive and funny story young children can learn to use the English phrases “I can – I can’t – Can you?” as the young girl Daisy invites her friend Drago to several of her favourite sports activities, but he can’t do them as he is a dragon and she is a human, but there is one thing that Drago can do...
By integrating Art and English lessons, pupils had the opportunity to learn and combine artistry and language skills during the production of this animation film and their audiovisual aids are now an important part of the resulting animation. They learned how to record their voices and sounds for the animation, but also to create and maintain teamwork and present their artwork to an audience.
This film has been used in English lessons as a teaching resource in English language teaching. The resulting animation is also part of lessons as Özge and Havva explain: “We have used this film in our kindergarten classes when we teach sports . Before we present the topic we show some snapshots of the video where they do different sports and we ask the kids to name them. We ask students about their favorite sports then we ask them which sports they can do. They look at the snapshots and decide what Daisy can do and what Drago can’t. After they watch the film, students role-play the story and discuss what Daisy and Drago can or can’t do. They also watch the film without the sound and then try to remember what the characters say in different scenes. Another related activity is preparing posters for the film and making puppets of the characters.” Follow-up stories were later created such as 'Daisy and Drago and the Magic Wand', ...
Daisy and Drago won the MEDEA Award for Creativity and Innovation 2009. You can watch a MEDEA Showcase about the project here: http://www.medea-awards.com/daisy-and-drago, and be sure to watch the "making of video" of Daisy and Drago’s narration: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1352486947893285486#