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Letter Bubbles

I've already written many reviews about websites for learning how to type. They are quite handy and also teach students a little English keyboarding at the same time - a vital skill. 

Here's an addition - Letter Bubbles

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BestWords.me

BestWords.me is a really cool, authentic website where students can build vocabulary (adjectives) in a Web 2.0 / interactive fashion. Simple as pie and no registration!

 

Students just:

1.  make a personal "word" page  

2. Choose words to describe themselves  

3. Share the page with other students (by email or on your class page)…

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This website is "Write" on.

Sign Generator | Mad Libs | Postcards ____________________________________…

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SoundCloud

SoundCloud is a cool idea. Really functions well and enables sharable audio recordings in an attractive "playlist" fashion. (see my presentation "Websites for Speaking Practice" for a list of many more I recommend and have reviewed).



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Corkboard



Corkboard is another writing/posting tool that is very simple and note based - like Wallwisher.

 

So simple in fact it might be too simple!  But the simplicity can only be a foreshadow of great things to come. Just click and leave a note. Share the…

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Comic Generators

Kids love comics! Any kind, they just devour them. So why not use it as a motivating tool/method in your language classroom? (see a full prior discussion on this topic, in our…

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Curriki

Curriki.org is a wonderful endeavour. It is a place where teachers can share resources and bypass the big monopolization of "content" which many large

publishers hold. I"ve been a member for awhile but haven't looked at the Foreign language directory for a few months. Since then it has grown substantially and I'm thinking of putting our own EFL Classroom 2.0 materials there. Join, click on our pic! and see…

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EnglishCentral videos now shareable / embeddable.

It's incredible - EnglishCentral videos are now fully embeddable and shareable.... 

 

Just click under the video and grab the embed code. You are set!

 

Here's one of my favorites - a commercial with some great…

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2 Image making sites

Today, I'd like to introduce 2 fantastic photo editing sites. 

 

Tuxpi is a simple place where students and teachers can quickly do some very dynamic editing of photos with a minimum of work/headache. It is brilliant!

Fodey is much the same and click the top right corner links for many surprising ways to get students…

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Smart Choice - Culturally Specific Content

Smart Choice - Culturally Specific Content.



I'm not a big one for giving publishers promotion - not because I don't believe in textbooks yadda yadda... rather because I think that "profit" should stay away from those things directly concerned with learning and education. However, I understand realities and "good things" when I see them , so I'd like to suggest readers check out Oxford Univ.…

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Randall's Cyber Listening Lab

Randall's Cyber Listening Lab is a great site for students to get LOTS of listening practice. All listening activities are leveled from Easy Medium Difficult and Very Difficult and are appropriately leveled in my opinion. A great compliment to our own Listening page.



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ELT Games

ELT gamesis a nice "basic" resource site. All the resources are interactive and task based/conversation based. Students must use the information provided to communicate in "real" language terms. The teacher just needs to cut up the materials and distribute and explain (better demonstrate) the task well. I've always been a person who tells all the teachers I train that their best friend isn't a computer, a textbook or even a C.D - it is a pair of… Continue

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SEN Teacher Printables





Sen Teacher is the bomb! The last few years I've been acquainting myself with special education and also finding that so many special ed. techniques/tools/methods really work well with language learning. Same with websites, they offer a plethora of resources for use in our classroom. Sen Teacher does too!


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Nat. Film Board of Canada - a treasure trove of authentic video material

We now have all the best NFB Video shorts!



I love the National Film Board of Canada and I've previously highlighted their fine videos and especially animations - for use in the classroom (or just enjoyment!).



So I'm tooting our own horn here -- I've made a page of what I… Continue

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Wordia - words brought to life

I'm not a big fan of focusing on words. I'm more a "big picture guy" or for that matter a, "top down person".... However, Wordia, has some great UCC (user created content), videos about many words. You can find a word and listen to someone talk about it. (and this is probably where students will learn the most English!). It is great content for authentic English and I was impressed by the majority of the videos.



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Kindersay - Young Learner Vocabulary





Kindersay is a nicely styled package of vocabulary with audio. It got my #1 young learner vocabulary site nomination.



All the basic vocabulary is there for students and I really like how you can see visually, the person pronounce the words. This is so important for learning language, online or off. Just seeing the face and how the face/mouth acts. Language is not only sound and fury!



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Watch - Learn : Great videos

I'm a big fan of video for engaging our learners, especially because so many are "imaginators" or visual learners.


Watch/Know is a wonderful new video site for teachers. Simple and it shares my own philosophy with its "Let's Make Great Teaching Free for All" motto.



There, you can browse a large directory of mostly youtube videos, organized by subject. The ESL part is pretty skimpy but there rest of the language…
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Embed Anything with embedit.in!

What you see below is the website Embedit, embeded! How's that for a double entendre?!



It is a great site where you can upload a document - power point, word, pdf, photo (no video or audio though). So you can upload what you use in class and embed it on your webpage for student viewing. A nice way to both present a resource and store it.





It offers a lot of cool customization. Change the background color,…
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Vocaroo - easy audio recordings

Vocaroo is a fabulous audio recording site. No frills simplicity and in seconds you can have an mp3 to either download and play back to students/share or embed on a webpage.


Go try it! Russell Stannard has a nice tutorial on his site about Vocaroo.…
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Icon Scrabble.com - Short Headline maker



Icon Scrabble is a really simple idea that might be an attractive way to highlight vocabulary.



You simply put in an 18 character word or phrase and then save. It will give you an attractive picture in "scrabble style" to display/keep. It would be great if they put an embed code there for us - I'll contact them and let them know.… Continue

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