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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

Tags: atutor, technology, online, ecourses, elearning


Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 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, 2019. 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, 2019. 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


Chirbit - real Audio possibilities

chirbitWhen I think about the possibilities of using technology to learn language - it is the audio realm that really excites me. Unlike other subjects, we have ready made content to now bring directly into our classrooms. Input is the technical term - I call it the plain old thing - oral language.

I've championed from the get go such great tools as Voicethread, Voxopop, Vocaroo, iSpeech, Evoca (and include Skype and even the Tarheel Reader in there). I can now add another - Chirbit. (and thank you Ajaarn Rob for letting me know about this!)

Chirbit is an audio/video recording site that does many things well (and I DO know how difficult this is - I tried to make one for TEFList, flash based and well, let's just say, it didn't meet my high expectations.) Highlights include:

1. Simplicity. An easy to follow interface and user flow

2. Quick. Reasonable conversion time.

3. Quality Audio files that play as they should (the text to speech though is a bit rough).

4. Social media ready. Comment on them. Tweet and share to your heart's delight.

5. iphone, android and blackberry compatible. Send files through email.

*** The only one big weakness IMHO, is that you can't download your audio file for offline listening.

Here's my video tutorial quickly showing you how to get using Chirbit in a jiffy.

How could you use this in your class? Well let me count some ways.....

1. Record your textbook or stories/reading from the textbook. Either as TTS (text to speech) or read live (get a good student to do this - you'll have their attention in class.

2. Recording students both in class and out of class. Create a class id/pw and all students can use that to get to Chirbit. Students make a recording to practice and show mastery of course material.

3. Podcasting. Just do your podcast here. Students could do interviews here or short skits/dialogues. Or make their project one of "voice" not just dry text.

4. Evaluation. Why not give your feedback to students in this fashion. By recording it and then sending them the audio file? They can learn as they learn about their learning!

5. Make recording and put on a class page. Really good for introducing each other and sending greetings. The player is fully embeddable.

6. Your own way!

The one downside to all this is the 5 min. limitation. So for longer recordings, think of using audacity and recording on your own computer.

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