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
I'm in love. Let me say it again - I'm in love!!!! Yes, it's spring and maybe that is what is doing it but I"m in love - in love with Gary Bishop's Tarheel Reader. It is without a doubt, the best place for digital storytelling.
Ozge's blog just posted a lot of fine digital storytelling sites but nothing beats the simplicity and thus 'power' of the Tarheel Reader.
The Tarheel reader is a place where you can find online books of all kinds! Share them with your students and it is a great place to learn vocabulary. Books repeat language and are at all different levels for English Language Learners. You can also export your books when finished into powerpoint!
Here's a quick screencast showing you how to use Tarheel Reader.
With Tarheel Reader, you can;
1. Share and read books together. Use the voice option or just have your students be the reader!
2. Get content for any type of lesson theme (holidays, ABC, people, places etc...)
3. Get your students to make books or you the teacher can make a book for students! This is a great way to consolidate learning!
4. Export your books into Power Point! Carry them around, edit in powerpoint and even make a movie if you get ambitious. Here is my example below!
Part 2: Go to Tarheel Reader and make a book! Read the instructions above or on the site. Use our ID/PW EFL Classroom / efl20 All our books will be together in one spot. You have 2 options. A) Make a book using Flikr pictures. Just search for the category and choose to make your book. B) Make a book using your own photos. Upload them. Use these photos I've attached as examples. Mr. X's Amazing Day.
Part 3:Go to our Forum and give an example of one Tarheel book you just loved! Tell us why and how you might use it in class!