Creative way to teach vocabulary

Jul 07, 2011


I need to teach a  bunch of battery chemistry terms, such as ampere hours, energy density, cycle life, etc.  Do you have any ideas how to make this interactive and engaging?  Any ideas are geatly appreciated!


12 Replies
Kristen Hull

I would maybe try it from the battery's point of view. "Hi! I'm Arthur Augusta Armitage, but my friends just call me Triple A." Then maybe it could somehow be a-day-in-the-life-of? "In the morning, I get up and get charged. That'll last me 8 ampere hours. Something something energy density".

Hm, I don't know anything about batteries. Not sure if you could make that work or not!  :o)

Jenise Cook (

Hi Jill,

Like Heidi, I'd start with the Flashcards Engage interaction, and insert Media to contextually reinforce the vocabulary learning (retention).

After that, then I'd create engaging and challenging scenarios, where the learner would have to "use" the terms in a real life situation. You could use branching where they click to select the correct term, and then their choice is revealed. Tom K has blogged quite abit about branching, so try a search on his blog to see what you find out.

Let us know what you decide to do!


Charles Zoffuto

The problem with vocabulary lists is that they lack context. They are just information to be memorized and forgotten. The key is to not only give the definition but to give the terms contextual meaning. Have the learners solve problems or view studies that incorporate these terms. Learners will them be drawn to find out the definition on their own. Be sure to help them out by linking to or in some way providing easy access to the definition.

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