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SITE OF THE DAY - HUNDREDS OF THE "BEST" - Teaching Recipes

Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

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Monkey Chat -my one online activity that was a real hit

It's funny how sometimes you spend hours creating an activity, sure that the students are going to really enjoy it and learn something too, only to find that you were wrong and the activity is a total flop. Then other times you pull something together quickly and it is a success, go figure!

A few years back I discovered www.PandoraBots.com a site which hosts AI chat bots that you can use in your websites. The chat bot itself on a web page is just an input box for text - no frills, however the bot will "converse" with you and react in text to whatever is input.

Put this together with a Voki character and suddenly the page comes to life.

The kids although knowing that they are talking to a bot still enjoy writing and often write to him out of school time, some of the conversations in my log were 44 sentences long! If a child uses bad language the bot has a clever reply, and sometimes corrects grammar too. How do I know this? A log of all conversations is kept. In an ideal world I would have time to play about with the programming, making the bot even more useful as a teaching tool, for now it is a way to get kids typing in English and trying to understand.

You are welcome to take a look and to chat with MO1995 the chat monkey

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Comment by ddeubel on July 19, 2007 at 1:11pm
Susan,

You never cease to amaze with the great sites/info. WOW! or what is that other old term, Kowabunga dude.

I know a zillion teachers who will use this. Is there any way to speak the responses, make them oral? Or is it just a written response? Either way, very handy and appropriate. This was big time bookmarked! thanks.

David

PS> I talked to the big Korean wig of CALL and he is hopefully going to join up. I linked to his homepage in the P.S. post I made. Look in that group. He has some cool stuff there and is a super nice guy. Dr. Inseok Kim
http://www.eflcall.com/

Thanks again.

David

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Comment by Susan on July 19, 2007 at 6:50pm
Glad you liked it :-) yes there is a way to get spoken responses take a look at this demo
http://demo.vhost.pandorabots.com/pandora/talk-oddcast?botid=f585b7623e36ce57 however for more than 500 speech streams there is a charge. I will definitely visit Dr Kim's page, thanks

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Comment by ddeubel on July 19, 2007 at 11:08pm
Thanks Susan, now I understand!

I guess once you use up the streams (or the students), then you just reload with a new demo! What I do for other stuff a lot.

With this application also, you could have the students copy and paste their conversation into something like a writeboard or just text document, so the teacher can check it or other students can edit and comment on it....but the voice dynamic makes it very awesome whole language stuff.

David

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