Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue
Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue
You're very welcome, David. If you'd like me to do more, please just let me know. I didn't want to do too many because like you said in your "call for help", I agree it's a very good idea to expose students to a variety of voices. I remember spending an entire summer recording all the vocabulary from a certain picture dictionary for an e-learning vocabulary class, and using these to make interactive/audio versions of pages for my students (see an example at http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/stonebrink/ESL013/weather/weather.swf and http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/stonebrink/ESL013/weather/weather%20DD%20sound.swf ) , but when our college's e-learning coordinator evaluated my course, she said, "But it's all only your voice!" Too much of me - not enough variety. Also, when I did a trial run with students, they said they wanted to see the pronunciation, not just hear it. So, I rounded up some volunteers to video and made pages such as http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/stonebrink/ESL013/weather/weatherV1.swf . However, now I've been told I should change all of the textbook pages for public domain clipart, plus I really am a novice at Flash, and I need to learn more so that my files load more quickly. Back to the drawing board.
Thank you also for the introductory/welcome note to your EFL classroom 20 site. I'll try to customize my page on it soon. I spent a lot of time going through all the materials you have on it, and was particularly delighted to see the powerpoints for the Side by Side chapters in the Plicks section. What a load of work you have saved me! Now I don't have to "revinvent the wheel" because you have been kind enough to share your creations. I've been working on a unit that focuses on using the past progressive and simple past tense to describe accidents and on the vocabulary/pronunciation of the verbs from unit 9. I've been experimenting with different software to embed the material in, including Wimba Voice Presentation, Clarity's Author Plus, Telos Language Partner Pro, MATEC, and UofA's MaxAuthor. Now I'm thinking of scrapping those in favor of Voicethread. I'll share the materials with you when they're done (hopefully by the new year!)
Welcome to EFL Classroom 2.0! I hope you'll find a great "home" for learning and teaching. I look forward to your own contribution here. By sharing and learning from one another, all our jobs get easier.
That's a great, "simple" web page you have! I'll be sure to put it in our member's blog/page directory and also highlight it. I love the list of games available and will investigate later today. We share the same interest, making game based materials for ESL.
Make sure you introduce yourself in our "introduce yourself" forum! Find others with common interests and Make Pals by inviting members to be your friend! And if you want, show others where you are from on the Frappr map.
When you have a moment, personalize your homepage, click around and see a lot of great videos, presentations, links to resources (games/readers/karaoke) pics and music. Share in the forums and put up or link to your own blog. Check out our great Buzka library of links. You have unlimited photo storage and can make your own albums and slideshows. Even chat to my double, Dave the "bot".
Join a “classroom” that interests you or form your own! Also, Ning offers a multiple login feature so that you can register a class page and all your students/faculty can access through the same pw/id and use the content. You can even start your own classroom here for your students in our groups.
In the new year, an improved resource site with everything for teaching will arrive –
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