Novakid, the online English platform where children between four and twelve years old can learn English, also accessible via an app for mobile devices, is updated with a novelty: the Virtual Explorer course. This course makes use of augmented reality (AR) to transport students on 60 virtual tours to some places around the world and thus allow them to learn new English vocabulary in a fun way while, for example, observing penguins in the Antarctic or rock paintings. in Altamira in Spain, they skate around London, visit the most famous museums in the world or set their favorite movies and TV series.
Based on the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) method devised by David Marsh, which involves the application of the foreign language to real experiences such as travel, Novakid’s Virtual Explorer course offers panoramic 3D tours – with 360 ° panoramic images such as those available on Google Street View – through which pupils can “travel” from the comfort of their homes.
“Each lesson has as its objective the learning of new and specific words and expressions in English, which the children will have to use during their“ virtual journeys ”with the help of the teacher. We not only help our students to acquire new language skills, but also to develop critical thinking and creativity “, commented Amy Kroveletskaya, head of Novakid’s education program.
Novakid is open to children between the ages of four and twelve but the lessons of the Virtual Explorer course are aimed and dedicated to students aged between 11 and 12, who already have an intermediate level of English.
According to what is reported in the description of the course on the school website, the child through the Virtual Explorer course will be able to learn how to: express their opinion on various forms of entertainment, such as art and music; talk about modern technology; talk about major scientific discoveries and their impact on modern life; develop critical thinking skills to find solutions to modern problems; talk about ancient populations and important historical figures; talk about future trends; make predictions about environmental issues, science and technology; talk about travel and tourism.
“In this way, students no longer consider the foreign language as a simple school subject, but learn to use it as a tool to increase their knowledge and expand their vision of the world” confirms Luca Piergiovanni, an expert in educational technologies, who validated the method during his studies.
“For the choice of topics for lessons, we like to take into consideration the individual peculiarities of pupils of this age, but the most important factor is the relevance of the chosen topic, for example environmental protection, a topic of great importance to globally and for this reason it is important for us to talk about it in some of our virtual tours. At the same time, when choosing lesson content, we always try to consider the cultural background of our teachers. Novakid is, in fact, an international community in which we share the different cultural characteristics, we treasure them and we also share them with our students “, says Amy Kroveletskaya.
Novakid plans to make new virtual experiences available every month, in addition to those already available now for visiting locations in New Zealand, Iceland, Morocco, South Africa, Japan, India, Turkey and Brazil. These lessons take place on the Novakid platform, without the need to install additional software.
Novakid also makes use of augmented reality in its 25-minute teaching units to enable children to learn the English language more authentically. It is possible to learn more about this school, and to know the cost of the various courses available, on www.novakid.it