Easily Create Online Tasks for Student Collaboration

Hello colleagues, We all know that recycling vocabulary in a variety of ways is important for learners to retain new words. Since I'm currently teaching via Zoom, I've been thinking about ways to recycle vocabulary in an online environment. During one of our recentt LINCS coffee breaks, I learned about the Flippity websiteand I've used it to create a vocabulary review task.

I've also used the site to create true/false anticipation guides as a sorting task. An aticipation guides is a powerful tool to support learners to read with a purpose, and they have become a regular routine in my teaching.

I found the activity-creation process on Flippity to be quite intuitive. There is a demonstration and a template available for each of the activities on the Flippity site.  For the matching activity look for the Flippity Matching Game.  For the anticipating guide look for the Flippity Manipulatives. I also like that there is no sign-in or registration required, so all you have to do is share the link as I'm doing here.

In light of the Women's Suffrage Centennial this month, we started a unit on women's suffrage last week. Here are links for you to check out the academic vocabulary matching activity and the anticipation guide I created on Flippity for the women's suffrage unit. 

The advanced English learners I'm currently teaching are all preparing for either an HSE test or a college/training entrance test. During class, the students have been able to collaborate in Zoom breakout rooms to complete the tasks I've created on Flippity. This has worked extremely well in my class.

Let me know what questions you might have. Also, please tell us how it goes if/when you try out this useful activity creation site. And--if you are so inclined-- share the link to your activity with us here!

Take care, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP