I had an interesting conversation or rather, "snippet" of conversation today. We were discussing language learning/teaching websites and the person I was talking to blurted out, "Just give me the top 5, NOTHING ELSE!".
Now, I think too much it seems. So much does depend on the context. The age of the students, their learning styles, your class environment, access to the internet,…
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…Continue
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.…
Yes, that's right! Finally this is a feature and easy to do with all our flashcard sets.
Makes it very easy for you to share the hundreds of our flashcard sets with your students on a school page, public page or wiki. You can even embed the learning games (Scatter).Here's an example.
Here's how it works.
1. Go to a flashcard set
Google docs is okay but there is no better place than iEtherpad. They recently took over the public etherpad code when Etherpad was bought out by google (still awaiting what google is going to do with this…Continue
Today's ELT chat was about using translation in the classroom. I joined in late but the tweeting reminded me of two very "solid" automated translation tools for students and teachers.
Limited to 250 characters, it is still very powerful. Type in the L1 language and then have it read…Continue
CDLP - The California Distance Learning Project, is one of the many governmental sites leading the way towards free online learning resources.
It doesn't have a lot of "flash"…Continue
This is an update on Vocaroo, a great audio service that I reviewed a year or more ago as it was going through "growing pains".
It now works great and allows teachers / students to record their voice in a simple fashion. Then download it in one fell swoop! The quality could be a little better but for a free service, it rocks. Just what learning needs, this kind of simple functionality. Here, try it yourself! Enjoy…Continue
One thing that I'm very convinced of, is the notion that us teachers are "motivators". It is our job to motivate our students, to lead our students towards becoming self directed learners, learning for themselves, intrinsically.