Resources and Materials for Classroom Application:
- Games & Activities for the ESL/EFL Classroom. From the Internet TESL Journal.
- http://learningenglish.voanews.com from the Voice of America. I recommend that you explore its sections: The Classroom, Learning English Programs and News/Topics.
CMSes and SNSes
- CCSF Student Wiki https://sites.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/esl/
Wikis and Collaborative Tools
- So This is English (food around the world, rap dancing) http://www.inspireyourlearners.blogspot.jp/2013/02/food-around-world-breakfast.html
- PBWorks.com (gaikokugo)
- Blogs, Wikis and Docs, which is right for you? https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1gflnxzTc77HP1XNcF0J8-tRFo3uzKdfd5Zth5GI4yqE
- Pedagogical Potential of Wikis: http://www.profetic.org/dossiers/article.php3?id_article=970
- Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research http://pops.uclan.ac.uk/index.php/jsltr/about
Readeo Language Immersion for Chrome Diigo Storybird Videos on Education and Technology:
- RSA Animate: Changing Education Paradigms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
- Digital Aristotle: Thoughts on the Future of Education: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vsCAM17O-M
- PBS Idea Channel:
- Everything is a Remix: Web video series on copyright and creativity http://www.everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/
This website recently added a link to another site which is worth the visit: http://americanenglish.state.gov http://www.englishcentral.com http://www.iallt.org/iallt_journal/web_20_technology_meets_mobile_assisted_language_learning http://llt.msu.edu/vol10num1/emerging/default.html https://sites.google.com/site/journaloftechnologyforelt/archive/april2011/mobileassistedlanguagelearning Skype and Realtime Video Chat:
- Around the World in 80 Classrooms
- Google Plus
Classroom Management, Feedback, and Decision Making:
- polleverywhere.com for virtual clickers in classrooms.
- Threering – classroom portfolio managment
Thoughts and Musings on the Future of Tech:
- Devices of Change, What’s to Come: thejournal.com/Articles/2012/01/30/The-Devices-of-Change-Whats-To-Come.aspx?sc_lang=en&Page=1
- www.eslpod.com –ESL podcast for intermediate and advanced students who want to improve their English speaking and listening skills.
- Teachercast Podcasting currently has 102 podcasts, focusing on topics such as learning management systems (Schoology), teaching students to broadcast, how to make your own (the students’ own) podcasts and different apps such as Jing, Camtasia and Polyvision.
- http://edutalk.cc – Edutalk is intended to share experiences about education, using mobile and web technologies. It is a great site where educators (mainly) publish postcasts on the use of technology in classes. It is worth a visit.
Other interesting sites:
- http://www.speakingenglishpodcast.com/ – Your resource for English pronunciation questions.
- https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/speaking-english-podcast/id177721475 – Past and future episodes from Speaking English Podcast.
- http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail?pid=19321 – Tips on pronunciation.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/tae -They look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute program.
- http://www.podcastsinenglish.com/index.shtml – Natural conversations in real English.
- http://www.listen-to-english.com/ – this site will help you to improve your English vocabulary and pronunciation and your listening skills.
- http://www.englishpronunciationpod.com/podcast_1.html – Free English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction Lessons
- http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons – Links to podcasts from many different languages
- http://www.learner.org/resources/series83.html# – Series of podcasts for learning French!
- http://www.manythings.org/e/podcasts.html -Listening activities such as irregular verbs, songs and jokes for ESL students.
- Vocaroo – audio recording
- Skype Video Recorder – website to download the video recorder app
- Voxopop – audio recorder
- Voki – create an avatar and record with a microphone or text to speech in various languages
- Evoca – Speaking tests, use phonelines. 6.95 per month
- Chirbit – Audio recording, management and publishing system. Appears to be free. Has an iOS app for 99¢.
- Audioboo –
- CLEAR RIAs – Center for Language Education and Research at Michigan State University’s Rich Internet Applications.
- Second Life: A game in which people can interact in virtual worlds.
- A few videos about language learning in Second Life:
- Minecraft: A game in which virtually anything can be built and problems can be solved.
- Minecraft Education Mod
- Minecraft in School Wiki
- Video evangelizing and theorizing the possibilities of minecraft as a teaching tool.
- Video: Minecraft for educational purposes. References Gee’s learning principles from this book What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy.
- TESL-EJ review of Minecraft from 2012
- Blabberize.: Turn any picture of a person or animal into an animated talking flash video.
- Storybots: A video service that will insert a portrait into various educational sing-along videos. Seems like a fun tool for engaging very young learners.
- Example of a storybot video featuring Sean’s face (again).
- Storybird: create slick storybooks online.
- Digital Jumpstarts:
- Piclits: Writing inspired by pictures and jumpstarted by chosen keywords for each picture.
- Expandable clickable, interactive texts: http://www.telescopictext.com/
Resources for ELLs and ESL learners
Concept Mapping/Mind Mapping
- Cmap Tools – free download for constructing and sharing concepts. Also works with images and videos
- creately : creately.com . It has a free version that is very easy to use. Excellent to create mind-maps, spider diagrams and Venn diagrams.
- www.wisemapping.com. It is free. Very practical to type and create outlines with all the typing features plus the possibility of embedding.
- Atama ii books: http://www.atama-ii.com/
Online Language Learning Tools:
Weblogs, Blogs, and Vlogs
- http://edwigesimon.com/ – an educational technology blog
- http://langwitches.org/blog/ – A deep and expansive ed-tech blog.
Blog Creation Resources
- www.weebly.com – seems incredibly simple to use and the interface is in multiple languages.
- Free school publishing program: Publishes students’ web work to hard copy for free.www.studentreasures.com
Other Free Resources
- www.fotobabble.com – Allows narration of photos.
- Wordfoto – iPhone app to make “tag cloud” like photos from words.
- Mentormob – This site allows people/educators to create 4-step learning playlists. This enables teachers to provide students with resources without the extra visual distraction of having to search for it themselves or see related content (such as in Youtube) since the resources show up within the MentorMob framework. You can even assign different playlists to different groups of students for differentiation, create challenges for each resource (ex. see how many words you can identify in the following clip), and create pop quizzes that can be analyzed. The playlists can be embedded in the teacher’s blog, allowing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for resources across the web (or uploaded from your computer).
- http://learningenglish.voanews.com A good source of audio materials to be used in ESL classes. Check the section:The Classroom.
- http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html “Phonetics: The Sounds of American English”
- http://corp.eyejot.com/ – “Video Email in a Blink”
- Xtranormal – “Xtranormal instantly turns your words into a 3D animated movie.”
- Grammar Quizzes Online – for the grammar student that just can’t seem to get enough …
- www.englishforeveryone.org – Printable English worksheets.
- www.usingenglish.com – A very valuable resource for ESL students.
- JHS Englipedia Project – A good lesson idea resource for those teaching in Japanese elementary and junior high schools.
- Rachel’s English – A pronunciation site for American English
- University of Victoria Study Zone – Grammar, Reading, and vocabulary practice
- Capital Community College Guide to Grammar and Writing
Tools for learning/ Reinforcement (better title?)
- www.classdojo.com – classroom management tool, that you can put on a large class screen, iOS product, laptop, etc. Awesome reserouce for quickly tracking, rewarding and reminding classes about learning behaviors. EX: remember to speak English, etc. You can edit the behaviors you want to reward. It works best for beginner or younger students.
- understoodit.com – according to the website, the tool has two goals: “making classrooms more interactive and giving students an opportunity to voice their confusion anonymously” – if you know about clickers in the classroom, then you can see this is a free alternative that makes use of the students’ Smartphones rather than having them buy clickers – I think the clicker makers have just been put out of business!
Digital Journal Collections
- http://academic.research.microsoft.com/ (new online Digital Journal Collection)
Books on Educational Technology
- Empower English Language Learners with Tools from the Web, by Langer de Ramirez, L. (2010)
The Flipped Classroom
- TED Talk with Salman Khan
- Inside Higher Ed Article “Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom“
More on the Flipped Classroom (From the www.thedailyriff.com ): How the Flipped Classroom is Radically Transforming Learning by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams Are you Ready to Flip? by Dan Spencer, Deb Wolf, and Aaron Sams “The Flipped Class: What it Is and What it is Not” by Jon Bergmann, Jerry Overmyer and Brett Wilie “The Flipped Class: What Does a Good One Look Like?” by Brian Bennett, Jason Kern, April Gudenrath and Philip McIntosh Private School Math Teacher Flips Learning by Stacey Roshan Websites: http://flippedclassroom.org/ RSS Readers
Language Immersion for Chrome: Code-switching reading app. http://itbabble.com/