Using a PSP to teach English – Flash GamesPosted: April 25, 2010
Putting Flash Games onto the PSP
To get flash games onto a PSP you need to somehow rip the .swf files from the websites that host the games. I used firefox to download the games and capture the them. More gifted and tecnically minded wizards explain this better than I can here http://www.lancelhoff.com/how-to-download-embedded-swf-files-using-firefox/
Using Flash Games on the PSP
Although playing flash games is a lot of fun (depending on the game of course); exploiting them for language learning is more difficult. I’ve blogged about using them before, but for really creative ways of using flash games in the classroom look no further than Digital Play http://digitalplay.info/blog/ where there are ideas on using individual games and wider links to education through video games. Digital Play has had a real influence on my ideas and teaching.
I used this lesson with a group of intermediate students from various parts of the world. Students were given one PSP between two and each PSP had a flash game pre-loaded onto the memory card ‘Who killed Angela Spelling?’ from the fantastic www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise.
Students had to play the flash game together and fill in the worksheet which I also downloaded and printed off one between two – you can download it here
So, why not use a normal computer or laptop to do this activity?
– With a bunch of PSPs you can do these activities without an expensive IT suite. Just pass out the PSPs and you can start.
– Students really focused in on their PSP and becaue they had to work together to see the tiny screen, it helped them work together on completing the tasks.
Problems and pains in the neck.
– Putting the same file onto twelve PSP memory cards is a hassle. Charging them up is even worse. This lesson took too long to think about for simple flash game.