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Once again the biggest event for language learners, language teachers, language lovers, linguists or those who just want to indulge in a little wine tasting, is taking place in Olympia, London from the 30th of October to the 1st of November 2009.
The Language Show is free to attend; you just have to register in advance by going to the exhibition’s web site – http://www.thelanguageshow.co.uk/
The show offers an array of distinguished exhibitors (including us WAES!): Colleges, schools, publishers, specialist language teachers, recruiters and quality speakers. The event is aimed to help, advise and provide tips and resources needed to learn or teach languages.
The talks and events this year look to be a well-judged mixture of fun insight sessions and in-depth guidance. I would strongly recommend popping in some of the language teachers’ Seminars, particularly the E-Learning related talks!
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Learners and teachers already use mobile technology in nearly every aspect of their daily lives. Now education has been plugging into that massive chance for learning by providing permanent access to educational materials, along with easy ways for learners to connect, collaborate and share.
You know that mobile learning is reshaping the educational experience. Learning no longer happens only in the classroom or at a desk.
I am sure that loads of students are iTunes users already. Now instead of just going to iTunes for their music and movies they can also find entertainment for their brains!
iTunes U in the iTunes Store offers free audio and video content from top universities, well-known museums and other cultural institutions. With iTunes U your students can learn from the world’s leading thinkers, attend free lectures, peep at an exhibition, listen to audiobooks or just brush up their Spanish.
Students can sync iTunes U content with any iPod or iPhone, so they can go right on learning while they grab something to eat, walk to class or work out at the gym. They will only have to search, download and play educational content as easily as they do with their music, movies and TV shows.
It’s accessible to anyone with a Mac or PC.
If you haven’t got iTunes, you can download it for free – click here!
Try it yourself! Learn anytime, anywhere.
Health education is essential these days but it can be quite difficult to explain the concept of a balanced diet. Fortunately, teachers can use some great interactive websites and their interactive whiteboards to help students learn the concepts of a balanced diet.
ActiveScience GSK has a great interactive activity called Balanced Diet that challenges students to interact with different people, read about their goals for a balanced diet and then choose the best meals throughout the day. They are provided feedback about their choice of diet that helps educate them about the importance of the types of foods they are eating. This activity also has supporting worksheets including a word search and a word scramble.
Many teachers love using video to enhance their lessons. The downside: many videos are too long, and it’s time consuming to scan a video to find the clip you want to use. Here are two sites that can help streamline the process.
TubeChop and SPLICD allow you to select a section of a Youtube video and crop the bits that you do not want to use, then you obtain a link that you can share with your students or place into your SMART Notebook file. This gives you the ability to launch a quick video clip with minimal classroom down time.
All you have to do is to copy and paste the YouTube URL, crop the video and copy the link to share or the embed code to insert in your VLE.
5min is a platform for instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos. This library includes tens of thousands of videos across 20 categories and 140 subcategories, which are professionally produced and brand-safe.
5min features content from some of the world’s major media companies as well as the most innovative independent producers. You can watch video recipes, yoga and fitness routines, tech tutorials, DIY projects for home and garden, health videos on specific conditions, beauty and fashion tips, video game walk-throughs and much more.
It’s a great tool for every subject area. Go and have a look.
What can you do to keep your learners engaged when introducing them to a new topic?
Why not play with Befuddlr?! Befuddlr will take pictures from Flickr, or you can also upload your own, and befuddles them to create a fun picture puzzle to solve.
It’s a perfect application for the SMART Board! Try it out!
Try out Etherpad for a fast, free, easy and really live collaboration and chat session.
Etherpad is an online collaborative text editor usable by anyone with an Internet connection. There is no sign up required; you just share a unique URL (web address) with the people you want to collaborate with.
Each user has a different colour and there is a chat box. You can use the random URL assigned or make one up just by adding the name of the document to the end of the URL.
It is real time; you see the edits of the other people as they make them, and you may discuss changes as you make them in the chat box.
The potential for use in education is unlimited. This is a great web tool for collaborative writing and planning; writing reports, stories or scripts, answering questionnaires, improving writing, making lists or also discussing opinions.
It really is simple to use.
There are also loads of opportunities for using it with staff. There are many situations where we have to put a document together with just one scribe! Well now everyone can get involved in the self assessment! It could also be used for communication!
Another great web tool! Another great way of communicating. And free!
Wallwisher is an online notice board maker. You can use it to make announcements, make notes, share opinions and resources, etc … Just think of wallwisher as your virtual post-its!
It is extremely easy to use. You don’t need to register or create an account. You just have to click on write post and that’s it.
You can add images, links, videos and music to your comments or post it.
To arrange your post its, you just need to drag and drop them where you want.
Check the wallwisher I have just created to try it out with you, and please write something to play with it. To add you comment you just need to double click on the denim background.
What do you think?
I am sure you can think of some good ways of using wallwisher with your students. You can ask your learners to give opinions on something you brought up related to what you are teaching, or you can ask them to try answer a difficult question and everyone checks all the answers and can have discussions.
All you have to do is to click on build a wall, choose a URL, pick a theme, add an image (optional), enter your name and email and edit the title (here you can type in your question). Then just click on done.
To share your wall, copy the link and send it to your students. Or wallwisher will send you an email with the link and a template email that you can use to send to your students.
There are loads of websites that you can use with your students. I am sure that you know a lot of good online resources, but sometimes you don’t know how you can use them with your class.
The web sites can be employed for individuals, small groups or the whole class, depending in what you are trying to achieve. Or you may want to structure an entire session around one single site.
Here is a list of extremely useful online resources that are valuable for teaching and learning.
The National Gallery offers very good resources for educators and potentially helpful in adult education. The site contains detailed notes for teachers about particular paintings and suggestion for learning activities, facility to browse and access the whole collection, zoomable pictures, as well as biographies of several leading artists.
This web site is a considerable resource to help learning in a wide range of subjects, such as health, study skills, history, geography, English, foreign languages, maths, computers…
There are several online courses, as well as information and other forms of content.
Tate Modern Gallery
The Tate website offers the opportunity to view their contents in several languages as well as BSL. This facility offers a wealth of opportunities for language classes.
The podcasts are also very good learning resources and they also offer a free online level 1 course Introducing Learners to Art.
Several websites provide access to online simulations, as for example science experiments, demonstrations of products and virtual tours.
10 Downing Street’s web site offers an opportunity of taking a virtual tour of the building. It allows one to explore the different rooms and read about their history. It also provides information about the government’s structures. This could be quite useful for teaching Citizenship, History or ICT navigation. You could set up a class discussion by projecting the tour on the interactive whiteboard and use it as a whole class resource.
The Money matters to me site provides a series of interactive workshops, including a simulator of a cash machine or an electricity meter.
There are also loads of utility bills, case studies and interactive activities.
As this site offers a structure based on an individual’s life changes, learners can explore different financial issues relevant to their lives, which could be motivating and meaningful for them. As a tutor, in this case, you should only support your students instead of controlling what they are learning.
There are also various sites that offer resources in a variety of forms. For example:Images that you can use for educational purposes,
The NASA website offers access to 300.000 images linked to space exploration and related subjects. It is free to use their images for educational use.
This web site offers free mathematics resources. It includes discussion forums, puzzles and reviews of calculators, free software and books. This could be handy for class preparation or use of the interactive exercises.
Arts and Humanities
This site offers hundreds of links to newspapers, journal articles, book reviews and extracts, essays, periodicals, TV and radio stations and organisations. You can use this resource for preparation of discussions on philosophy, literature, language, culture, history, music or art; current affairs, media studies and international relations.
Tools and Aids
You can find an automatic translation service on the Alta Vista or Google search engine. This facility translates text from one language to another.
You can also select a whole webpage to be translated on
Google Maps is excellent for getting hold of maps as well as Multi Map and Ordnance Survey.
The Met office web site besides giving weather forecasts also has a section for teachers, even though it is primarily aimed at young learners, there are many different resources you can use and adapt for adults.
The best tips to use online learning content is by involving learners, allowing them to create their own knowledge, basing activities on “real-life” issues, varying methods, using simulators to practise something that is intimidating, thinking of your learners’ needs and contexts, integrating online resources with traditional methods, making learning fun and interesting, encouraging peer support, using the internet for specific topics to demonstrate the richness of resources and making your learners become internet confident users.
Source: Online Resources in the Classroom by Alan Clarke and Claudia Hesse, NIACE
Digital Storytelling has become a powerful instructional tool for students and teachers. Digital storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell a story, basically combining the art of telling stories with a variety of digital multimedia, such as images, audio and video. Digital stories bring together a mixture of graphics, text, recorded audio narration, video and music to present information on a particular topic.
There are several types of digital stories, such as personal narratives, historical documentaries and stories designed to inform or instruct on a specific concept or practice.
Here is an example of a digital story. Have a look!
Xerte is a suite of tools for rapid development of interactive learning content. The online Xerte tool is an effective way for staff with limited IT skills to create high quality, cost-effective and accessible learning materials.
With Xerte you can create materials with the same quality as the NLN materials.
This toolkit provides a quick way for tutors to create presentations or interactive exercises, such as quizzes, with built in colour preferences, font size preferences, keyboard navigation and text to speech.
Xerte templates allow the content creator to make highly creative accessible learning objects in an extremely user-friendly way. You can integrate text, images, audio, video and animations, create interactivity, drag and drop and hot spot interactions.
Go to Xerte website – www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte – download and install the Xerte engine.
OR just use the online tool by going to http://www.techdisplayxerte.info/. To play with it you will need username: techdis and password: jisc. Try to create your own project. On the website you can find a very simple and fast demo, as well as Xerte examples.
This is a free open source that you can share with your students by uploading it as a SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) to Moodle.
QR (Quick Response) codes are 2-dimensional bar codes that can contain text, URLs, phone numbers and other data. The QR code can be read by a camera phone as long as it has free QR Code Reader software.
These awkward looking images are being used with students in various ways.
Students can use it to subscribe to a RSS news feed; tutors can integrate QR codes in their PowerPoint presentations or printable materials, as it facilitates note taking; you can send as sms to a phone; transfer a phone number; append the codes to Moodle, it facilitates classroom evaluation and it is perfect for mobile learners.
How to create a QR Code
Go to http://qrcode.kaywa.com , type in text, a URL or a telephone number and generate the code. Copy and paste the image generated into your slide or document etc.
Check if your phone can use QR reader software on http://reader.kaywa.com/getit , download direct to your phone or to your computer and transfer.
Use your camera and software on your phone to capture the code’s message.
Another excellent QR code creator is Snappr.net . You just have to create a free account and you can create QR codes linked to music files, images, URLs, VR Cards and Voting. Snappr allows you to download the QR code reader on your mobile phone (few mobile phones cannot read QR codes).
In case you do not want to download the application to your phone or if your phone does not accept a QR code reader you can use the MMS option. It’s simple! – Take a picture of the code on your mobile phone and send it to Snappr@Sannpr.net . Within a few moments you will receive a link that leads to the collected information on Snappr, all optimized for your device.
Visit http://molenetprojects.org.uk/moletech for more ideas using QR codes in teaching and learning.
Imagine teaching where your learners can access the internet, record videos and photos, create PowerPoint presentations on the go, access a digital library, read e-books, answer interactive quizzes, or produce dynamic mind maps of their project-based work in the palms of their hands anytime and anywhere.
This is the world of Mobile Learning. Using the latest handheld devices, seamless integration of technology is becoming a reality in educational establishments across the country.
With M Learning you can effectively support personalised learning styles; create learning activities with easy-to-use tools; engage your learners anytime, anywhere; choose from a varied of tried and tested learning materials for mobile devices, including topics like ESOL, numeracy, literacy, driving theory, health and safety, business, and much more; enrich your students’ experiences through online collaboration; create podcasts; interact and share ideas, resources or information such as audio, images and videos.
Mobile learning has proven to improve retention, achievement and progression in many projects that took place in different colleges in the country. It also increases flexibility of provision, extends the virtual learning environment, helps those who find it difficult to attend classes and have little or no access to IT equipment, provides learners with technology to strengthen the relationship between learning in the field and learning in the classroom, and also facilitates data recording and evidence collection.
Visit http://www.molenet.org.uk/ to read more about Mobile Learning.
Let me know if you are interested in knowing how to use M learning with your students. You can tie in your commitment to 30 hours CPD and log on the “research project” on ifl. You can come up with your own idea for a project (could be for example finding out the effect of M Learning has on students’ motivation), undertake training as part of the project, deliver and report back logging the whole as part of your CPD activity. If you liked the idea I am more than happy to help you with ideas, planning the project, providing training and overseeing the project.
Quandary is an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes. You can create an action Maze using Quandary and upload it to your Moodle.
An Action Maze is a sort of interactive case-study where the student is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it. After choosing one of the options, the students are presented with another situation with another set of options. Working through these branches is like negotiating a maze, so that’s why it is named “Action Maze”.
These Mazes can be used for several purposes, such as problem-solving, diagnosis, procedural training, surveys or questionnaires.
Surviving on a desert isle, dealing with a difficult landlady, and creating a needs assessment are just a few examples of Action Mazes.
Creating an Action Maze requires well-thought-out planning in advance. The benefit of the exercise is its ability to help students think through the results of a variety of choices they can make
Quandary is easy and free to download – Go to http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/quandary.php. It is only available for Windows at the moment. So no Quandary for Mac users for now.
Check some good examples here.
If you have used Hot Potatoes before, you will find creating mazes quite straightforward. If you are not sure how to start check their Quandary’s tutorials.
Hope you will live up your Moodle with loads of Mazes. I am sure your learners will enjoy and appreciate.
ACCESSAPPS is an inittiative developed by the Scottish JISC Regional Support Centres in cooperation wit JISC TechDis. It consists of more than 50 open source and freeware assistive technology applications that can be used from a USB memory stick on a computer.
All you have to do is to go to JISC website and download AccessApps to your USB stick. There are three download options: – The Works that includes all the programmes and guides which is a 2Gb download, – Go Lite a 64Mb download containing a selection of most popular apps, and – Pick n Mix you can choose the applications you want.
Here is a list of some of the guides and applications on AccessApps:
Guides – AccessApps Help, Accessibility Essentials, Aspire Learning.
Planning & Organisation – Freemind -mind-mapping, Hott notes – sticky notes, Sunbird calendar
Reading and Writing Support – AMIS-Daisy reader, DSpeech – text to speech, PowerReader – dyslexia reading support, RapidSet – change font/background, TheSage – dictionary & Thesaurus, Typefaster – typing tutor, VuBar – read text one line at a time
Visual Support – QuickRes – change resoltuion, Sonar – cursor ring, Virtual Magnifying Glass
Accessible Browsers – Mozilla Firefox, WebbIE – text-based browser
Keyboard/Mouse Alternatives – Click-N-Type – virtual keyboard, Dasher, MouseTool – automated clicking
Multimedia Tools – Artweaver – art package, Audacity -record/edit audio, Audiobook Cutter – split mp3 files, GIMP – edit images, UnFREEz – create gif animations, VLC Media Player
Presentation Tools – Camstudio Portable, KompoZer – web editor, Scribus – desktop publishing
Utilities – 7-Ziop Portable – file archiver, ClamWin – anti-virus, Converber – converter, Sumatra – read PDFs, TopOCR – convert images to text
Games – Anagramarama – word puzzle, Jooleem, Othello – board game, Stranded – island adventure, Sudoku
Installable Software – Install Thunder screen reader
JISC website has all the instructions. Very easy to follow.
“Screen capture software” allows you to record the screen of your computer as if you had a video camera pointed at it. Everything you do on the screen is recorded and can be played back as a video, and if you have a microphone connected to your computer your voice will also be recorded.
This piece of software has been mostly used for IT training purposes, as for example; teaching how to animate objects in PowerPoint (PPT). Trainers simply turn on their screen capture software, begin actually to create the animation in PPT and comment on what they are doing, adding notes and call outs. The video is then saved and trainees play it back, listen and watch how to animate objects and jump from the training video to actually creating an animation themselves.
Russell Stannard, principal lecturer and Course Team leader in Multimedia /ICT at the University of Westminster, realised that “Screen capture software” could be used as an innovative way of providing feedback to students on their written work. This method is leading to a substantial interest in the academic world. THES and Guardian have already written articles about it. Many lecturers and teachers have started using this method.
This new method is really simple and basically works like this: Your students send you their written work as Word files (or other formats), you open their work on your computer, highlight mistakes or aspects you want to bring up, turn on screen capture software and start recording yourself correcting and marking your students’ work. Once you finish recording, send the video to the students. The learners are able to listen and watch as you talk about their work. You can also tell your students to watch and re-do their assignments according to your feedback recorded on the video.
The key factors that drew Russell Stannard to this idea of “live video feedback” were:
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I am sure that most of you know that one can fly anywhere on Earth on Google Earth. You can view sattelite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean, you can explore rich geographical and Historical content, save record your tour and share it with others.
Google Earth is a fun Skills For Life resource, supporting Literacy and Numeracy skills development.
There are loads of different things you can do with your class using Google Earth, such as viewing a satellite picture of your chosen location by typing in an address; searching for colleges, museums, parks, restaurants, hotels; getting and giving directions; tilting and rotating to see 3D terrain and buildings; measuring shapes, space and distance; reading and writing descriptions of places; and also reading and printing out driving directions.
Google Earth is free and no registration is required. Visit http://earth.google.com/ to download and install Google.
What2learn is an innovative and exceptional eductional tool which develops and tests learners knowledge in a fun and interactive way. Loads of effective and envolving learning games will drill your students in essential knowledge. their attainment will be automatically calculated and recorded.
The games work brilliantly on the interactive whiteboard for the whole group or on EZone, so they can have a go individually.
If you want to use the games that were already created, all you have to do is to search for games, select the tag you are looking for, such as Art, Design Technology, English, French, Spanish, German, Film, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, etc, and then just click on the game.
As a teacher you can prepare resources to support the delivery of your subject, create a range of games related to the scheme of work you are teaching. These games can be used as starter or revision tasks. To create your own games click on “Make a Game”, choose the type of game ( Hangman, question and answer, wordsearch, anagram and multiple-choice), hit the highlighted game’s name, enter the content in the adequate boxes, add a tag to your quiz and confirm the questions. To share the game you can send it via email or social web or you can copy the embed code on the right handside of the web site, paste the code to a web page on Ezone, save it and it’s ready to play.
Let me know if you need a hand.
ICT can help meet many of the needs of learners with special needs. ICT can help our students accessing their course content by reading text to speech, increases their independence, ameliorates visual discomfort or stress, offers alternative forms of recording written information and helps them improving and practising Literacy skills.
With appropriate programs and ICT tools special needs pupils gain confidence, work independently, demonstrate what they know and can do, overcome frustration and raise self esteem and also become less tired.
Here’s a list of some good tools and tips to reduce learners visual stress:
ClaroRead is a powerful multi-sensory software solution for supportung computer users who struggle with reading and writing due to dyslexia or othe conditions. This software provides a high quality text to speech tool that is extremely easy to use.
Our learners can start writing and reading independently with the support of this software’s tools. By making the computer speak any text with a human voice, text documents can be proofed read out loud as well as web pages, emails and any other text.
There is a portable version of Clarosoftware on a USB memory stick, it speaks back text as it is typed, includes voices of over 25 languages, provides a single Check Button that combines a homophone dictionary, thesaurus, reference dictionary and spellchecker, making the checking of text and documents easier and more comprehensive.
Thunder is another screenreader talking software for people with little or no sight. Just go to www.screenreader.net and download the software for FREE! Watch Thunder users on iBBC player.
Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments. Browsealoud is another piece of software that reads webpages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online.
Hope these tools are useful for everyone!
This is a good one for our music department.
YouTube is inviting people from around the world to audition for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. All the video entries will be combined into the first ever collaborative virtual performance, and the world will select the best of you to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in April 2009.
If you need any help with the recording and uploading the video to YouTube, please dom not hesitate in contacting your ELearning team.
What is a podcast?
Podcasting has now become popular as an alternative way of providing content that can be listened to whenever, wherever and as many times as the listener wants. The idea that a podcast can be produced by just about anyone with access to the Internet has generated a lot of interest in educational circles.
The call is not only in providing supplementary listening input for students, but that students themselves can become involved in recording and producing their own podcasts.
How do you produce your own podcasts?
You can do this with a handheld MP3 with recording facilities. I have got one in my drawer, if you need it!
You can use the program Audacity on our PCs.
Using Audacity allows you to edit out the mistakes, change the order of students and add music and sound effects, creating a more professional show.
Don’t worry! Audacity is amazingly simple to use.
OR there is another extremely quick and easy way of creating your podcasts that is signing up podomatic website.
You will easily be able to make a recording, save it, find it, keep it nicely organised, embed it on EZone or send it to your students.
Signing up is completely FREE.
Once you log in, the site gives you lots of information about podcasting, you can search for podcasts on whatever topic you want, and if you go to My Podcast area you can create your own podcasts.
To produce your podcast just click on post new episode, click on Record with your webcam or microphone and hit on the record button. You can preview your recording or re-record if you are not happy with it.
After that you press on Use Recording, move on to Next Step, give your podcast a title and write a short description, you can add pictures to it, tag it and then punch the Post Episode button.
And that’s it! Really easy! Give me a shout if you need a hand.
Good podcasting! Enjoy!
You probably think that You Tube is not very useful and that it is just for Entertainment!
Actually, it is one of the best sources of content on the web.
You can find loads of resources for all areas of teaching, such as languages, History, Science, Health, Make up, Business, Pottery, English for Academic purposes, as for example IELTS or Cambridge Certificates.
Try to search for information about teaching methodology, Interviews with famous people, Language lessons, Pottery or Make up tutorials, Live Lectures, television programmes and help with exams.
If you want to use some of the videos in your class and you would like to embed the videos into your presentations, especially if you are working offline, you can grab them from You Tube.
You just need to Google youtube downloader, click on the first link of the sites returned, download the small piece of software, press Run and it is installed.
The downloader allows you to download videos from You Tube and then convert them into other types of format.
Enter the URL of any You Tube video and convert by clicking on Convert video. You can save the video as a mov, avi, wmv, mp3 or mp4 to your computer .
Please let me know if you need a hand with it.
This site is superb! It has a load of listening materials, such as interviews, dialogues, mixer activities featuring six speakers, different accents, video format, pictures, quizzes, listening games, listening for GIST or details, animated newscasts that develop test taking skills for standardised listening tests such as IELTS, mini lectures or presentations, situational English needed for daily communication, podcasts, slide shows, slide quizzes, text view, audio notes, worksheets and printable lessons. It also has a songs section that allows the students to listen to the song as the words are displayed on the screen so they can catch the lyrics as well as working on grammar, pronunciation, reading speed, reading by chunks, common slang and idioms.
Your students can use ello.org at home, in the classroom or the slide quizzes, videos and newscasts work brilliantly on the Smartboard.
It can be used with all levels.
Let me know what you think!
Today’s post is about Text to Speech. Text to speech is fantastic for students as it offers them the option of listening or listening and reading at the same time. We tend to give our pupils a lot of content to read, that probably they will not read! By using Text to Speech we can make sure we reach more learning styles.
It is great for getting your students ready for the listening exam and also pronunciation, as they enter the text and will get all the words properly read.
All you have to do is to copy a text, paste it, choose the language, save it and use it in the classroom or add it to Moodle.
Have a look! And please tell us how you have been using it and if it has been useful.
Here’s a list of other Text to Speech online links:
I couldn’t wait for next week to tell you about this fantastic and life saver website.
Worksheet Genuis is full of printable worksheets, puzzles and activities that can be differentiated and randomized at the touch of a button.
You can design your own worksheet really quickly. A time saver especially for Basic Literacy tutors!!
English – you have Anagrams, bingo, falsh cards, matching pairs, mixed-up sentences, phonics, slideshows, spelling tests, word lists and word searches.
Maths – you can create addtion, bingo, clocks, division, subtraction, greater than / less than, larger/smaller, multiplication, percentages and place value.
The Language Show was a huge success. Our lovely stand really stood out because of all the nice people working there during these three days, giving loads of information about WAES, the cost-effective prices and the fortune cookies!
It was our first year exhibiting at the Language Show. Our stand was visited by lots of people interested in studying and working with us. I think that this initiative will pay off. Our next step will, definitely, be participating in the seminars. I have attended loads of interesting seminars delivered by teachers sharing their projects carried out in their schools, E-learning Consultants highlighting the importance of ICT in the learning process, and teacher trainers such as Russel Stannard, lecturer at the University of Westminster. Russell brought a new concept of giving feedback to students that is fantastic. I will be writing a post on this new way of marking students’ assignments very soon. Actually, I will need two or three volunteers to take part of this project I am starting!
So, let’s hope that next year WAES will be at the Language Show once again, not only publicising our courses but also showing our ICT projects!
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SmartTech wants to bring multitouch tables to the people who would probably most appreciate them: Kids
It is the world’s first multitouch table. It is a fantastic learning tool. It makes learning fun and its a medium that some children learn quicker from.
Have a look at the video.
This is another great web site that allows you and your students to make your own videos.
Dvolver is extremely user friendly. All you have to do is to select a background, a sky, a plot, characters, type in characters’ lines, choose a backgroung music, select and write a movie title and then it’s ready for you to send via email or you can also copy the embedding code and paste it to Moodle or your website, for eg. facebook.
In the class, this video can be used as a reading comprehension activity or the students can make their own videos and that would be a writing exercise.
Let us know if you use this movie maker with your group and how you used it.
Do you want to have a fancy presentation, looking really professional?
Go to http://animoto.com, and get started: Upload the images you want to use, these can be from your own files or taken from your facebook etc…, you can also add music. Animoto will customize your images and it will create a fancy presentation.
When your animoto video is ready, you can email it, post it to youtube or your site or even download it to your computer.
It is a great tool and it will make a difference in your presentations. There are a few examples on the website, check them out.
Here is one of my 30 seconds presentation I have used with my students to introduce vocabulary.
This site is really cool! All you have to do is to register and try out the goodies.
It allows you to convert files to Adobe PDF, you can store and send files to others for an easy access, and the best of all you can meet live over the web and share your screen with your colleagues, as well as writing and collaborating on documents anywhere at any time.
BETT is a huge educational technology event that you cannot miss. It’s taking place in Olympia – London from the 14th to 17th of January 2009.
This exhibition is a great opportunity to network with peers, share good practice, get to know brand new resources, touch and test, hands-on training and develop our knowedge.
All Language teachers should pencil in your organisers these dates – 31st October – 2nd November 2008 Olympia London.
You can get free tickets online andyou can attend FREE seminars covering many interesting matters. I am certainly not missing Russel Stannard on Saturday, whose site – Teachers Training Videos – I live in!
I went to this exhibition last year and ended up with tons of innovative and useful ideas, specially tips for using interactive whiteboard.