Interacts Orally: Features
Second Life for English British Council funded zone for Teens
- registration required
Practice Foreign Languages in Second Life
this report from
BBC Learning English site. Go to
this blog for more information. Visit
Teen Second Life.
WiZiQ's free Virtual Classroom
is an online internet mediated classroom where the teacher and the
students are connected to share a common workspace. In this online
session, they make use of audio-video conferencing, text chat,
whiteboard, and content sharing capabilities. There are no costs for
using the virtual classroom. The sessions are recorded and are available
online on WiZiQ, which can be accessed for later review or reference.
Attendees can join a session with privileges to converse verbally with
others; draw and write on whiteboard; and share Presentations, PDFs,
Flash and Images. The teacher may withdraw or re-assign these privileges
to the attendees. A Teacher can withdraw privileges from the attendee in
terms that the attendee can not converse, or upload anything to share on
whiteboard; in this case, the attendee is a spectator.
and asynchronous video, audio, and VoIP communications within real-time
online classrooms and other Web 2.0 technologies
Skype is a voice over internet
"telephone" service that lets you call other Skype users for free. With
a webcam, you can make free video calls, too. Talk with authors, create
collaborative projects, chat with experts--all for free!
The Learning Librarian offers a
(.doc) she developed for her school's Skype use. You might also want to
see authors who will Skype with your school at the
Skype An Author Network. Many authors will chat with your students
for 10-15 minutes for free! You can also arrange longer Skype visits
with them for a fee. (The fee is for the author, NOT for Skype. Skype is
free!) - webtools4u2use
MS or the new
Live Messenger audio/video conferencing :
Chat Bot's: Talking animations that respond to you
ESL Robots Project.
Opportunities to talk through EFL Classroom 2.0
Using Speech Recognition:
How to find the lyrics of a song with Windows Speech Recognition!
Best of ... Speaking
from Larry Ferlazzo
The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English
The Best Websites For Practicing English Pronunciation
The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills
The Best Online “Chatbots” For Practicing English
ASK an EXPERT
Ning Social Network
Reinvests understanding Features
Reacts to the text:
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you
provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more
frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different
fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are
yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them.
Present a view of a text,
review the impact and focus of a text, and
many more possibilities.
Tag Clouds /
Word Clouds /
Tag Cloud Generator
Reacts to the text:
Charts and Diagrams
Gliffy makes it easy to lay out ideas in flow charts and
diagrams or to create floor plans and technical drawings
to help you better
visually understand information.
Create great flow charts for your classes using
this online tool, which comes complete with drawing
tools and objects as well as collaborative tools.
This online program allows
you to create diagrams and flow charts to represent all
kinds of information. Best of all, you can log in from
anywhere to get access to your diagrams.
This web-based drawing tool makes it easy to
not only create flow charts and diagrams but to do
freehand drawing as well and you can use it right from
Those familiar with XML
will be able to turn their data into colorful and useful
charts with this downloadable tool.
Is a very powerful graph editor and
creation tool that can be used to quickly and
effectively generate drawings and to create easily read
and laid out graphs and diagrams.
If you’ve got a lot of information about the
structure of a website or anything else for that matter,
this tool can help you to easy map it out into a graph
This Web-based tool allows you to
create and share charts from anywhere, making it easier
than ever to diagram and draw your ideas.
Charts created through this
tool really can be lovely with full color capabilities
and loads of graphics.
Reacts to Texts:
This great tool allows students to take and store their
notes online, edit them with the help of classmates,
look up words or terms you don’t understand and keep
track of things you need to do.
With this program from Google you can take notes online,
save them, and even send them to your peers for
Keep your class notes, to-do lists and more organized
and easy to access with this site.
Here, students are able to actively organize their class
materials, take and store notes, share information and
even link to online reference sites.
This is a very simple tool for taking notes
online. Simply enter your text, hit save, and you’ve got
an online note you can revisit anytime you like.
Take notes with this rich text editor and share
and save them online.
Get an intelligent sticky note with this great
online program. It looks at the text on your notes and
can recognize important dates, bookmarks, emails and
more, organizing them for you and making it easy to stay
on top of everything.
If you use a PDA this can be a great way to
keep your notes accessible on both your main computer
and your portable device.
If you’re the type that loves to
put sticky notes all over everything then you’ll enjoy
this online note taking tool. It allows you to create
clouds of stickies anywhere you need them.
Store and share your classroom
notes with this innovative site. It keeps your notes
organized so you can reference them later and you can
easily access it through a Facebook account.
Read & Listen
Cut and paste text or type
it directly into the input form on this site and the
program will read it to you. It can be a very useful
tool for making sure essays and projects are written
Here you’ll find a tool
that will give you audio for any text you feed into
This site has a great online text reader
and can also give you some help pronouncing
difficult words that aren’t said like they’re spelt.
While not quite a text reader, this tool couldn’t be
left out of this list. It’s a search engine that is
based on sound rather than text. It can be a more
intuitive way to find things if you respond better
One of the most popular video sharing
sites (and most blocked)
add your own
questions to a chosen video.
AUDIO & VIDEO PODCASTS
Student News feed
NewsHour Online Video Index
News Hour Online Index
TeacherTube Videos produced and/or uploaded by
educators to be shared with educators
Google Video Note: Google announced on 1/16/09
that it is ending support for Google Video. Old videos will remain but
new ones cannot be uploaded.
PhotoBucket Can be remixed with photos
AFI ScreenNation A learning space from the American
Film Institute. View instructional videos, browse short videos from
others; students can submit their own for critique by experts.
offers educationally chosen and
Films For Change with NFB
National Geographic Video
PBS Nature Video Database
NASA Space Multimedia
Open Source Music Archive
Movies of Historical Interest
Child Labour - Scholastic Books
How Stuff Works
PBS Anniversary Archive Videos
CBS 48 Hours Archive
The History Channel
American National Photographic Archive
Blinkx -An online video search engineFireAnt Discover, watch and subscribe to
Internet TV, podcasts and vodcasts (video podcasts.
MetaTube Search over 100 video sharing sites
SearchforVideo Another video search engine. Includes searches of sites like Newsweek,
Forbes, and SpikeTV as well as video sharing sites
SnagFilms provides access to short documentaries for you to watch and "snag" for
your website with a commercial message up front.
Video Fetcher A newer search engine for video.
Google Video is chock
full of educational videos that can help explain
everything from how to use Second Life to learn to
explanations of psychological illnesses.
Picasa is Google’s answer to photo sharing
and you can upload images from an art history or
anatomy class and study them from anywhere on the
This social networking and photo posting
site can be a great way to share images from a class
classmates or look for images to back up your
Scooch is a Web-based slide show program
that will allow you to post photos and make slide
shows that you can share with others over the Web.
Perseus Digital Library:
In need of
visual representations of manuscripts or sculptures
from ancient Rome and Greece? You can find tens of
thousands on this online library and database.
Teachertube is a great
place to find instructional videos on just about
everything. You can learn about the formation of
mountains, world history and economics on this
useful educational site.
Create a video or
photo of your screen with this helpful online tool.
It can be a great way to remember how to do tasks on
the computer or just to share images online.
This tool allows you to
snap a photo of your desktop, make recordings of
your activities and email or IM them to anyone.
Text dictionaries don’t
always give visual learners the explanations they
need. This dictionary is graphically based, making
it easy to see what concepts or ideas are
Along those same lines, Kartoo is a visual
search engine, giving you results laid out in a
networked chart so it’s easy to see how topics
Texts: View: Images
The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners
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a free MIDI Karaoke Player for
Windows coming with full-screen lyrics display.
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mid Search for other
will read websites out to
you and highlight words as they are read out.
This site provides free audiobooks for
books in the public domain and has numerous titles.
If you don’t find what you want, see if you can
volunteer to create a recording of the book
Politics Out Loud:
Here you’ll find
speeches, historical information and more in an
audio format, making it easier to take in and absorb
for the auditory learner.
This subscription site allows
visitors to download from thousands of audio books,
both best sellers and classics making it easy to
find what you need for class.
Books that are no
longer under copyright can be found here and there
is a special section for audio books, both read by
computers and by humans.
If your class is
reading an older text you may be able to find a free
version of it to listen to on this site. It contains
recordings of numerous out of copyright books.
Find Podcast A directory where
you can search in categories much like the site above, but a nice
addition is "kids and teens." Check out new podcasts, rated podcasts, or
popular podcasts, too.
FireAnt Discover, watch and
subscribe to podcasts and vodcasts (video podcasts).
iTunes Free software for Mac
and Windows. The interface will be familiar to most K-12 students from
music downloads. Search for podcasts of interest to you.
Learn Out Loud Some for sale,
Podcast Alley Pick a podcast
genre, and you'll receive a list of podcasts to take a listen to. Genres
include, but aren't limited to: business, cultural/political,
environment, movies/films, sports, technology, comedy, travel.
Podcast Pickle Search by tag,
topic, category or see and hear the top-rated podcasts
Podanza Search by category, see
featured podcasts in each category, or search by content and keyword
iTunesU Using free iTunes software, you can find and subscribe to
podcasts on any topic. iTunesU is used by universities and K-12 schools
to publish (and locate) educational podcasts including many podcasts on
podcasting! There are over 15,000 different podcasts here!
Karen's Mashups Excerpts from
popular educational podcasts combined into a new "mashup." "Most shows
will have a theme, such as math, science, student productions,
professional development, museum productions, or technology news. Some
shows will be focused on podcasts for administrators and teachers, while
other shows will highlight podcasts for students or parents."
Show 10 samples professional development podcasts;
show 15 features audio books;
show 12 has podcasts for parents;
show 3 is about podcasts for libraries.
Lit2Go free online collection
of stories and poems in Mp3. Search by title or author or search the
database. Print the text to read along! Listen or download. Subscribe
through iTunes, too.
EdTechTalk Several great
podcasts can be found on this site.
WOW2 (Women of Web 2.0) focuses on using new web tools in teaching
and learning and is broadcast live every Tuesday night and archived for
you to listen to anytime.
Show #65 featured Doug Johnson and Joyce Valenza discussion school
libraries that work and the future of school library media centers.
20 iTunes Feeds for the 2.0 Teacher
A list of great free podcasts for teachers and library media
Audible Kids Listen to stories,
rate them, see what others are listening to, download them (fee based)
Just One More Book Podcasts
featuring children's books and authors.
Library of Congress Podcasts
including podcasts with authors and poets from the National Book Festival
MyBabyMonsters Original stories
become podcasts for kids
NPR Classics for Kids
Introducing students to classical music
Open Culture: Audio & Podcast
PortablePD A site created by
two classroom teachers to share, support and celebrate the use of blogs,
podcasts and other technologies in the classroom.
Portable Radio Podcasts created
by Grade 5/6 students in Ottawa, Canada
SLJ Podcasts Items of interest
to school library media specialists.
StoryNory Free podcasts for
TourCaster Audio tours of
Turn a PowerPoint presentation
into a useful and portable podcast using this tool. It
can be a great way to put class materials into a format
you can bring with you anywhere.
Don’t know the first thing
about podcasting or how you can use it to make education
a little easier? This site has all the information you
How Stuff Works
Media Awareness issues
Montreal Gazette - Breaking
News, Quebec, Opinion, Multimedia & More
Newspapers.com | Search over 10000
Thousands of newspapers on
the Net -
authentic texts: You may also register for free and download mini books
Sesame Street Internet site
with animated stories:
"A word from Bonny Ann"
Children's Digital Library
An searchable online
database of free children's books. The ICDL has to selected,
collected, digitized, and organized children's materials in their
original languages and has created appropriate technologies for
access and use by children 3-13 years old.
theatrical but first get help writing the script:
This online tool makes it easy to mark sites
you find interesting to use for later research or to
send to friends and project partners.
Don’t just save online material for later,
highlight and tag it just like you would a real book
with this great online tool.
Web-Chops allows you to clip out any part of a
webpage then save and share these clips. It can be a
great way to
study for tests or prepare for papers in a more
Search through sites others have bookmarked as
interesting or use the site to highlight your own
information from the Web and keep it in an easy to find
Make lists of sites that are relevant to
whatever you’re working on with Blinklist. If you have a
blog, you can even have the links appear automatically
on it, making them super easy to access later.
allows you to lead, guide and support others while you
take them to any webpage and create virtual post-it
notes to “paste” on and explain them.
Caloosh easy and efficient way to
organize meetings by identifying
the earliest possible opportunity for everyone to meet up.
DeskAway Project management for a group. Up to 3 projects/5 users
Gantter Microsoft Project for the web. Free.
Group Table A web-based software developed specifically to help
student groups improve document management, project planning and
NoKahuna (free for projects with up to 30 tasks)
OnStage an online workspace, collaboration, and project management
SmartSheet Project management, task assignment, spreadsheet,
collaboation, discussion: post to the web.
TeamTexting connects team members and coaches with group text
messaging and email, free of charge. Send one email or text message and
the entire team receives the message via their phone or e-mail. Reply to
all feature, too.
is a collaboration tool designed to make scheduling group meetings
is also intended to be used as a resource for group planning of
projects. Some of the features of Wiggio include a group calendar, a
mass messaging system that works with cell phones and email, and a group
polling system. For groups that are working on projects together
offers a shared folder for files and links. (via
Free Technology for Teachers)
Good writing skills are
essential for effective communication. Learning to write well takes time
and practice. Be sure to leave yourself enough time for all of these
Hylighter as invitees add highlighting and related comments, this
product "maps" the accumulating input using a patented color coding
Brainstorming/mind mapping is an educational technique that's been
around since the beginning of thought. It's a tool that facilitates
new ideas and is collaborative in nature. And, with the use of web
2.0 technology, this concept has evolved into an ideal 21st Century
technology for education.
Top 10 Sites for Brainstorming/Mind Mapping
1. Slick Plan - What's not to
like? Easy to use, create beautiful flow charts, then embed to a
This flash-based mind mapping tools allows you
to chart out your thoughts in a colorful format, share
them with friends or embed them in blogs, websites and
Mind mapping is easy and free
with this Java tool. You’ll be able to manage your
lay out a paper and more completely online.
You can access your mind maps
from anywhere with this online tool. You can lay out
words, pictures, ideas and more easily with WiseMapping.
Premium versions of this mind mapping tool come
at a cost, but you can get access to the basic version
for free. It allows you to add links, pictures and text
to mind maps and share them over the net.
This mind mapping tool is built around the idea
of knowledge management and cognitive psychology. The
open source tool allows sharing, emailing and even
contains an embedded calendar.
Collaborate with your
The name of this tool represents "for two", and is
indicative of the collaborative nature of this mapping
tool. It can make it easy to keep track of your ideas,
share them with friends and teachers and take them with
you no matter where you are.
Students can organize their
notes, create flashcards, make use of 3D tools and more
in this great mind mapping tool.
If you’re struggling to
understand a debate for your
visual representation with this great mapping tool.
CMapTools is free for students to use and
allows them to create and share all kinds of knowledge
This site allows real-time collaboration on flow charts,
diagrams and mind maps with features that include color
organization and freehand drawing.
3. Webspiration - The
popular desktop application is now the web... nuff said.
4. Diagrammr- Quite simply
the easiest mind mapping site to use, no registration is necessary,
then share the URL w/ others.
5. Imagination Cubed-
Nice looking site that is ideal for the electronic whiteboards w/
the ability to draw your own mind maps.
6. Edistorm- Real-Time mind
mapping w/ sticky notes.
7. Education Eye- A
great way to brainstorm w/ this innovative search engine.
8. Mind42- Nice collaborative mind
mapping site that is easy to use.
9. Mindmeister- Beautiful
looking mind mapping site w/ the ability to embed into a site.
10. Mindomo- One of the most
detailed mind mapping sites w/ lots of web 2.0 features, such as
sharing, commenting, etc.
David Kapuler was the media and
technology specialist at Greendale (Wis.) School District. Read his
choices are vast, from newsletters and invitations to catalogues,
newsletters and travel journals.
Issuu Explore a world of publications by people and
publishers alike. Collect, share and publish in a format designed to
make your documents look their very best/
Writing.com Free memberships are available to everyone. Each
membership includes an online writing portfolio, numerous online
publishing tools, email services and the chance to meet and bond with
fresh creative minds, just like you!
Scribd upload and
publish documents online
Buzzword -collaborative authoring for documents online
Writing Tools listing
Tools for Schools *****
Create cartoon strips and cartoon books.
Use your own photos or site graphics. Embed into any webpage.
Create cartoon pages, choose layout and
design. Use your own photos or site
Create your own comics without having to
draw. Share and remix with your friends. Embed into any webpage.
Create awesome comics and characters. Embed
into any webpage.
Build your own cartoon.
Make your own cartoon strip or comic.
Create your own cartoon strip or comic. Use
your own drawings from scratch or
upload your own photos or drawings.
Super Action Comic Maker
Create a story using super action comic
heroes. Make a futuristic sculpture and watch it react.
Tools for Schools ***** Publishing
Create any document using
point-level formatting, indents, margins, backgrounds, borders,
choice of bullets, numbering, spell check, pictures, and more.
Share folders, documents, and pictures. View highlighted changes
others made. Revert document with one click. Your document is
Make paperback storybooks and
professionally typed, hardback classbooks. Make free books from
every student's story. Make a free book for the classroom where
every student is an author and illustrator of a page in a
Create books with turning pages. Direct
link to Flickr for images.
Create book with turning pages. Upload
images from your computer or from web.
Embed into any webpage.
Create a book. Upload images. Comment of
the book. View online, embed, send via email or purchase hard
Create books with turning pages. Embed into
Picture book maker. Make your own
Connecting writers to readers. Upload and
share your writing, read, review and critique
Free online diary and personal journal that
is focused on privacy. You can keep your thoughts and ideas to
yourself and share only if you want to!
Create customized 3D pop-up books. Books
can be inspected from any angle from with a 3D space by
rotating. Items can be made "clickable," allowing you to learn
more about individual characters within a story. If you have a
webcam installed on your computer simply click on the 'Augmented
Reality' button at the top of the screen and watch as the book
appears in the palm of your hand!
Make stories in minutes. Free Class
accounts to manage students without emails, create assignments,
and build beautiful libraries.
Control characters and objects, creates
sentences for you. Once you are done with your story, you can
print it out. If you share it with others, you can print it out
again by entering the magic number it gives you in the box on
the right. Save the .pdf file that prints to your own computer.
A suite of free online tools that allows
students and teachers to use primary source documents to
complete meaningful and compelling learning activities with
digital movies, storyboards, rebus stories and other online
Power to Learn
Templates / Models... Microsoft offers templates for its various
Office programs found in most schools- some specifically related to
teaching and others with a more general focus.
Polls and surveys are tools that allow students to gather
interesting information, preferences and choices of others related to a
diversity of topics related to projects, possible actions,
interpretations or trivia of books, videos, movies, etc. It calls upon
the students to create clear and correct questions, possible answers and
then to collate the information and present it in various formats. Face
to face polls and surveys provide the opportunity for practice (not real
Oral Interactions as it is more repetitive reading than "interaction")
however internet based polls provide the opportunity to gather the
responses of a series of classes, a school, other schools, parents and
the list goes on.
Here are two series of sites to
Google Forms create great polls and surveys from your Google Docs
Wikispaces - For
Free Wiki Websites for Enterprise,
Educational or Personal Use
des langues (Quebec)
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it be elementary students dabbling with announcing an event - who...
what... where... when... or secondary students making a point about an
issue or students studying the media force of poster ads - there are
many opportunities to create posters using ICT's.
http://www.quickstepdesign.com/ (commercial site)
others... via Google
The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations
http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/Slide+Shows provides a
variety of ways to create and share slideshow presentations.
and the possibilities of :
sharing / Picture sharing in a controlled
or open environment to share, collaborate and inspire with a
Users can create video mixes online and share them with
others on this site and can even add effects to their
graphics and music.
Thumbstacks: Thumbstacks allows users to
create a web-based presentation or slide show and then
share it with others.
This site takes more of a networked approach to
creating presentations allowing you to post your
presentations and browse those of other users.
AuthorStream: Another PowerPoint centered
program, AuthorStream makes it simple to upload and
share your presentations.
If Flash is more your style you can use this
online tool which gives you the tools needed to publish
and play flash presentations and movies.
PhotoStory 3: Make your slides for class a
little more interesting with this free program from
Microsoft. You can add special effects or your own voice
What is a Wiki?
and check out the Related Videos on the same page. Refer to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikis Read through the articles on
view this video.
Giving everyone a say!
These sites allow anyone to
participate in elaborating content – from a story to an encyclopedia.
Try one – a never ending story where everyone adds a paragraph or begin
with a contentious statement – Elvis was and is the greatest singer of
all times – and invite others to support or refute. Set up a free wiki
or PBwiki ) and invite
the class to participate,
send us the address before the weekend so we can have time to try
Wikispaces - For
Free Wiki Websites for Enterprise,
Educational or Personal Use
des langues (Quebec)
Blogs -This is another type of ICT resource available to allow the
teacher and students interact through writing and media. Students can
have their own blog to post projects and assignments and are able to
receive feedback from the teacher, peers and parents. Blogs can be open
to all or restricted. Investigate the possibilities of BLOGS,
Blogs in Plain English
http://learnerblogs.org/ : made by educators for educators
21Classes – Free Classroom and
Education Blogs - Home
for your Classroom
» edublogs.org – free education blogs to anyone who wants them
a Game of it! One way to reinvest or produce is to create a game
based on time period, characters, storyline, ...
this one first.
Stranger than Fiction
see what is possible - see
School of Rock
inspiration and insight.
Here are paths to "Rightness"
- Rock on....
Through Music from The Canadian Association of
Second Language Teachers (CASLT)
How far we've come
to your very own playlist to listen to while online. There doesn't seem
to be any way to embed this into other sites.
Mixxx Digital DJ
1. Upload or Record your own
2. Create an original Mix or personalize someone else's in our simple
3. Show off your music: email it, embed it, or just sit back and let the
Jamglue community discover your talent!
is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
Suggestions from :http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/tech/tech238.shtml
Option 1: Podcast in
Minutes with Odeo Studio
(now http://odeo.com/studio )
is a free and easy way to record and upload podcasts for the
classroom. Follow the site’s directions to create your own account,
and then simply press a red button to record your first podcast.
Give your podcast a title (Mrs. Smith’s Lecture on the Gilded Age,
for example), and Odeo will give you a URL (Web site address) that
you can share with students or parents. The process takes less than
Option 2: Podcast by Phone
Don’t have a microphone or need to podcast off-site, maybe on a
field trip to Washington DC? With
simply dial a toll-free number and record a podcast anywhere,
anytime using only your telephone. Go to the Web site, sign up and
create what Gabcast calls "channels" or groups of podcasts. Make a
channel for each group you teach. For example, if you teach four
sections of Algebra I, you might want four channels. Create a PIN
(personal identification number) and a password and you’re set. Grab
a phone and record, and then send parents/students to Gabcast’s site
to hear your podcast and comment on it.
Option 3: Podcast by PC
If your school or district has an easy way to share podcasts on your
Web site, you can simply use Windows Sound Recorder (found under
Start>All Programs>Accessories>Entertainment) to record audio. Sound
Recorder saves the files in the mp3 format, the most popular sound
format. Once uploaded by the school or district, the files can be
played by parents or students using Windows Media Player, iTunes for
PC or Mac, or other sound players. If you want to pause your
recording – say, to let another student record after the first, or
if you are a music teacher and want to compile several tracks and do
some editing, consider downloading
a robust yet simple-to-use open source audio recorder and editor.
First-time users find the program a snap and both PC and Mac expert
users praise Audacity for its advanced features. Just be sure to
LAME from the same site to reformat the Audacity files into mp3
GarageBand software makes it easy to record,
edit and transfer your podcast to iTune
Skype -will record conversations
Blubrry Create and distribute
your podcasts here.
Chirbit Record with a
microphone, type your text and it will turn it to speech, or upload a
mp3 file. Micro-podcasting.
ClickCaster - create, broadcast
and sell your very own radio shows and podcasts. You can record audio
right from your browser or upload an existing audio files.
KidCast.com Find, create and
store your podcasts here; podcasts are reviewed before posting. A safe
site for kids.
Gabcast.comAnother free service
that allows you to record a podcast using your phone or VoIP.
Hipcast - Record high-quality
audio right through the web browser or your phone. No additional
software needed. (fee-based after 7 day trial)
Juice A free, open source,
downloadable podcast manager
Mixcraft A multi-track
audio and MIDI recording studio that enables you to record your band,
make original compositions, create a podcast, create mash-ups or remix a
song. Use it as a multi-track recorder or as a music loop remix program.
Podomatic Makes it easy to
find, record and publish your podcast.
ProfCast Turn your Powerpoint
presentation into a podcast and publish it to iTunes. Free trial. (downloadabe
Smart Board has video and audio
recording tools that can be used to podcast.
SnapVine record and embed! A
variety of widgets are available to put your voice on your webpage.
Vocaroo Easy to use voice
recording. All you need is a microphone. Record and share by email or
embed into your own page.
VoiceThread is more than an
audio tool. The recently published Horizon Report 2009 K12 Edition
published by the New Media Consortium refers to VoiceThread as one of
the emerging technologies "likely to have a large impact on teaching,
learning, research, or creative expression within education." A
VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds
images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages
comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text,
audio file, or video (via a webcam) There is an
Voki is a free service that
allows you to
create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog,
profile, and in email messages. Similar to Gizmos and
Yodio Record audio from your
phone to photos or visuals
Mix and edit your audio clips
with this online tool and when you’re done, share
the finished product with other online visitors in a
YouTube like format.
One of the most popular free audio editors
out there, audacity is multi-featured and allows
users to record and edit in all kinds of formats.
Surfer: Visualize and manipulate sounds
with this free and customizable tool.
Create and manipulate short
loops and phrases with this great sound editing
This open source tool makes it easy to
encode and manipulate MP3s.http://www.collegeathome.com/blog/2008/06/10/100-helpful-web-tools-for-every-kind-of-learner/
Music and Sound
Effects--free and safe for kids (from Tony Vincent's article at
Reading Rockets: Creating Podcasts)
55 Great Websites to Download
Free Sound Effects
FindSounds searches the web
Flash Kit - Sound FX
FooBar2008 converts music
and audio files into the format you need. (downloadable software)
Jango internet radio that
plays the music you like
LastFM a social music site.
Type in the name of an artist you like...
Pandora learns to play the
music you like and creates stations that play it
Podcast Bumper Music
music for schools
Database of audio sounds; download up to 5 clips per month for free.
Tony-b Machine create your
own music here.
A Beginner's Guide
Part 1 - A Consumer's Guide and
Part 2 - A Creator's Guide
The Best Sites For Students To Record Audio By Phone
How to Create A Podcast A
(pdf) - Overview of podcasting,
student planning sheet, teacher introduction, ideas for
student-created podcasts that support classroom technology
integration, links and resources.
Great wiki about podcasting basics and more..
VIncent of Learning in Hand fame from this page and then
listen to a podcast -->
Podcasting in Education Video Series
A three-part series from Apple.
in the School Library Media , part 2
Podcasting 101 A wiki
dedicated to teaching all about podcasting: how to find podcasts,
how to listen to them, how to create them--all from the library
Podcasting TIp Sheets(downloadble
Podcasting Toolbox: 70
Podcasting Tools and Resources
Podcasting with Keynote(Mac)
A podcast with slides made with Apple's Keynote software. Complete
Super Saturday Podcasting
Teens Podcasting @ Your
Library: A Getting Started Guide
TechEase Print Video Tutorials (Mac)
TechEase Video Tutorials (Windows) Includes instructional videos
on podcasting and podcasting tools
10 Great Ways to Use Audacity
in the Classroom
20 Tips for an Excellent
What Everybody Ought To Know
About Podcasting: Part I
What Everybody Ought To Know
About Podcasting: Part II
Timelines have many possibilities but in the context of tools for
developing the competency Reinvests..., they can be a means to
understanding and demonstrating understanding of the story line. They
can also provide a way to connect and generalize (Response Process)
xtimeline – “best of the bunch for classroom use.”
http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/Timelines for some
examples and ideas.
concept ranges from a simple collection of labeled images to an
elaborately designed and commented collection of mementos artfully
crafted to heighten your emotions with background music.
Mixbook - Create photobooks
collaboratively with pictures and text.
Aviary is a
free suite of powerful online creation tools
Telling a story, digitally
Digital storytelling is the art of
creating a story using digital technologies. It is
an amazing way to motivate and engage students. It
is also a great way to have students work on their
writing and reading fluency.
Steps in creating a digital story:
Digital storytelling template
Tools for creating digital stories:
Free download software:
(components that can be used within each are noted)
Extremely easy to use, even for young students.
(images, video, audio or music) Comes with
(images, video, audio,
music) Comes with iLife with Macs
(images, video, audio, music)
Some Web based tools:
(images, video, music)
(images, written narration, music)
Masher (images, video, written
(images, audio, music)
Don’t forget the best part about creating your
digital stories, publishing them. Stay tuned for
Part II that will focus on the publishing of digital
Investigate the possibilities and create an activity where students
create a Digital Story
(with an example to model) , analyze the pedagogical possibilities and
Here are a few links to guide you:
Photo Novelette 'Photo Roman' .This
is a format that is easily accessible through very common ICT
resources. Basically a digital camera or even an image bank can provide
the "photos" and different software programs and online resources
provide the canvas and tools.
your message using a mike and your computer, type in the text
(text-to-speech), upload an audio file, or call a toll-free
number. You'll be emailed a link to the embeddable player.
wiki by Suzie Vesper
there are places where PowerPoint
can be uploaded so that you can share them with a wider audience. Some
of these tools are basically online versions of Office and some allow
you to create your PowerPoint type displays using their online tools
rather than just being able to upload from your computer.
One True Media. Claims
to be a very easy way to create slideshows on the Web, and add text,
music and images.
Here is a long list of other
Google Docs The complete suite for
organizing, writing, presenting, polling and more -online
Zoho The complete suite for
organizing, writing, presenting, polling and more -online
VoiceThread is an online media album that can
hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and
allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a
microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) -
and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group
conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in
Ed.VoiceThread.com is reserved for
K-12 education only. There is also a
VoiceThread wiki and a
VoiceThread directory. In the directory, educators can add their
contact information, VoiceThread project description, project dates and
grade level if they are looking for collaborators on projects. Be sure
to see the
library page and examples. More examples and ideas can be found in
Voicethread Examples in Education.
Here's an example of VoiceThread being used to share favorite Web 2.0
tools. You can click on the comment button to add your own right from
Free Video Editing Tools: comparative overview of 13 free
video editing tools.
Video Tools From
Upload photos, select music and Animoto renders a music video for you.
Quick and easy. A 30-second video is free;
KidsTube monitored video sharing for kids:
created to provide a safe adn fun environment for peopel of all ages to
upload, share, discuss and encourage creativity.
Kids' VId Helps kids learn to use and share
video as a tool for project based learning
Curriculum related videos produced by and for students
Fliggo lets your create your
own video sharing site...LibraryMediaTube? or create one for your
classes, teachers, different topics, project presentations, etc.
FlixWagon Broadcast from your
mobile phone or save video for later use; embeddable player. SImilar to
Kicklight Add text, links, or
other visuals to any video.
MediaConvert Free online file
conversion...video as well as audio and images, etc.
TubeMogul Upload your videos to
all major video sharing sites in one shot! Track its use, too.
YouTube Snips Download YouTube
Viddix. Add powerpoint,
documents, and links to any video.
Zamzar Download and convert
video to a variety of different formats (Also converts other kinds of
files to different formats)
Jing Lets you capture screen
images and/or what you do on your computer as a video (using free
downloadable software) and then share online--great for tutorials!
screen capture device that produces screencasts--with or without
sound--that can be embedded into your website without downloading
ScreenJelly "records your
screen activity with your voice so you can spread it as a video via
Twitter or email. Use it to quickly share cool apps or software tips,
report a bug, or just show stuff you like."
Screenr is a "push button"
screencast recording system. You don't even need to register, but if you
do, you will find all your screencasts in one place. You will need a
Twitter account, but you do not need to publish the recording to
Twitter. (It gives you the option to post to Twitter or not.. You can
post your screencast to any webpage, though, through the embed code.)
You can record up to 5 minutes.
ScreenToaster Features great
video quality, the ability to add captions, plus it lets you easily
upload your video to YouTube, or download it in a variety of formats for
viewing or editing later.
SelfCast Broadcast your own
live show on your own channel!
Skitch Screen capture
tool--capture an image or create a screencast.
Breaking the YouTube Blockade
Do You YouTube? Creating a Content
How Do I Use Big Think?
How to Share Videos on Webshots
Library Instruction Wiki ; YouTube
Online Interactivity for Educators; A Teacher's Tour of
OurMedia: Learning Center
Trading Cards |
| Vocabulary Cards
| Fan Book
| Bookmark |
Door Hanger |
Fortune Teller |
Windows | Cube
Photo Effects and Tools
Make your pictures more lively,
apply fancy effects and create real eye-catchers with this collection of
easy to use photo effects. All photo tools on this site are browser
based, very simple to use and can be combined with each other.
Collages / Tools
Pop Art Collage
Speech Bubble Editor
Porfolios Discussion and links
ePEARL based on sound
research evidence, coupled with feedback from the field, ePEARL has been
designed to encourage self-regulation in learners within student-centred
Taking it Global We enable a collaborative learning
community which provides youth with access to global opportunities,
cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in
Tests with Video & Audio
The Best Sites To Help ELL’s Learn Idioms & Slang
The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary
Card Machine: This site allows you to
create web-based flash cards to study the
information you have for class using text and
With Quia, you’ll be able to create your own online
quizzes and educational games to help you study your
materials in a more interactive fashion.
Quizlet makes it easy to study things like
vocabulary words with it’s online study tools. You
can make quizzes, use your friend’s or browse
existing flashcards on the site.
This open source program will test your
short and long term memory with a system that makes
it easy to create and reuse flashcards and quizzes.
Need a more
interactive explanation of a concept from class?
You’ll find dozens of educational ones here that can
help explain geology,
math and more.
Collaborate: networking sites
Here students can create password protected chat rooms
to discuss their assignments, collaborate on projects or
just chat. Best of all, you won’t need to install a
CollegeRuled: Students can set up class
message boards, create to-do lists and interact with
classmates on this site.
This site provides a social learning network where
students can interact and chat with each other while
asking questions and getting answers about class
Backpack allows students to organize their
notes, to-do lists and calendars while sharing
information and working with classmates.
The Campus Center:
Students can get
together and network on this site and also have access
to note taking and spreadsheet programs.
Working in a group just became easier with this online
wiki tool that allows students to share notes, project
ideas and information in an easily accessible format.
Grouptivity: This site allows students to
use email to start a group discussion about class
projects and assignments or just to complain about their
Identifying Similarities and Differences
Summarizing and Note-Taking
Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
Homework and Practice
Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
Generating and Testing Hypotheses
Questions, Cues, and Advance Organizers
Web 2.0 tools and identifies instructional strategies in which they
can be used:
Technology and Language teaching Videos
Competencies with ICT support PowerPoint presentation 2007
on August 24, 2009
The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching
Objects For An “Authentic Audience”
Wikis and Blogs
Wikis and Blogs
Twitter updates and assignments to
Technology active teachers.
Teaching resources /
Sites for Web 2.0 insight
100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Type of Learner Categorized by learning style:
visual, auditory, kinesthetic. Visual includes mind mapping tools, photo
and video tools, etc.
Best of ... Series from Larry
Classroom 2.0 site - map
http://eflclassroom.ning.com/directory.html (need to join - free)
Suzie Vesper's sites
Social networks - Education /
Top Tools for Learning & Teaching, 2009
styles & Web 2.0
100 Helpful Web Tools for Every
Kind of Learner
Personal Learning Networks
Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are
all about using web tools such as blogs, wiki, twitter, facebook to
create connects with others which extend our learning, increases our
reflection while enabling us to learn together as part of a global
community. PLNs increase our opportunities to ask questions and receive
help compared to our normal daily face-to-face interactions.
Best of a PLN is it's personal! You make all the choices:
What tools you use!
Who you connect with!
How you want to learn!
When you want to learn!
Enquiring Minds: Web2.0
This site helps filter the vast
possibilities to your defined needs
Quiz with Studiyo
and poll section
Rubistar is an excellent web-based source
of rubrics for any project or topic.
Search by the specific type of rubric you want, or make your own!
iRubric If you can't find what you want,
you can create your own or modify an existing one. iRubrics can be
embedded in webpages or wikis, too.
Project Based Learning Checklists
To make a project checklist for
your students, choose the grade level for the type of project you want
your students to do. You can choose from writing, presentation,
multimedia or science projects. Then choose from a list of project
guidelines and add your own if you'd like,
Digital Storytelling Rubric
Digital Writing and Research
Multimedia Project Rubric
Multimedia Project: YouTube Video
Video Assessment Rubric
Video Technology Rubric
Content Management Systems abound on the Internet:
NiceNet a very simple alternative to complex CMS to try
by joining a class as a student with this key - GZ4747A23 (see
upper right hand corner)
You can create your own
Moodle for English Teachers Ppt Presentation
Up until this year WebCT was such
a system used at the University of Sherbrooke especially in Pedagogy and
supervision with teachers in training but a decision was made to
transfer in 2009 to
Moodle, a CMS that
is free, open sourced and well supported by the Moodle community.
Look at the contents available
Here are some videos on Moodles
among many available to browse.
You are probably most
familiar with the term - speaking but remember that
speaking is skill-based and simply denotes an ability to say
things - which this excerpt from the 1973 movie "J'ai Mon
This should drive home
the difference between SPEAKING, the skill and
INTERACTS Orally in English - the competency.