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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

HSTRY - Timelines for English language learners

HSTRY - Timelines for English language learners

There have been many different types of timeslines come out in these past few years and I have tried many of them.  They all have different features that make one better, easier or more practical than the next.  I just came across this one which also seems to have some unique features that your students may find attractive.  

The tool HSTRY allows you to add images, videos, audios to bring your timeline to life.  Students are also able to add comments to the timeline which creates interaction and feedback for the author of the timeline. They can add quizzes too!

I haven't tried it with students but it does look like it could be a fun tool to use and it could certainly be useful for EFL students when it comes to making oral presentations in English.  I am adding the link to HSTRY's webpage.  If you try it, I would love to hear how it went and see some examples!



Friday, May 22, 2015

HEADLINE NEWS STORIES

This cool tool by Class Tools is great for creating personalized headlines related to real or fictive news. Students can use their imaginations to create dynamic titles, headlines and summaries of their news stories. The tool allows you to create an almost instant downloadable image which could be printed out to decorate the classroom.  It also allows you to share the url or tweet your headline instantly!


Friday, May 23, 2014

CODE-MONSTER

 Code-monster


I'm sure a lot of you have heard of Scratch, which is a programming language which teaches kids how to code in order to make their own interactive games or stories.  I just came across CODE-MONSTER which has the same purpose of teaching code language to kids but is much more basic.  Kids carry out very simple tasks in order to get an idea of how coding works.  The results are instant.  Every task carries out some type of visual action that can actually be seen on the screen. I think this tool could be very motivating for those students who are interested in game designing, web page creation, etc. because of its simplicity.
Have a look and try it out yourselves!

http://www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GRAMMAR IN INFOGRAPHICS

Infographics are a great way to present grammar, punctuation or common spelling mistakes to your students. Not only are they good for students but also for many of us native speakers who often make the same common mistakes!  How many of us have misspelt 'there' or 'their', 'meet' or 'meat', 'who's or whose'? Present it on an infograph and get your students to create others. A great visual way for it to finally stick in your students' mind....and in yours!

Getting a grip on good grammar
Explore more visuals like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MAKING GUESSING GAMES WITH PREZI

MAKING GUESSING GAMES WITH PREZI

To introduce my teens to Prezi for the first time, I had them make sentences about a 'secret animal'.  It was a great first activity because they learned how to place their sentences on the canvas, make their own paths and hide the image somewhere within the words.  They also practised the vocabulary we were learning; adjectives, comparatives and superlatives.  The end result was having short presentations in front of the class for everyone to guess the secret animal.  On top of using their English, both written and orally, they had fun making their Prezis.  I didn't correct all of their English mistakes because I didn't want to discourage them!! After this activity, Prezis became a norm in our classroom!




Thursday, January 2, 2014

BUNCEE

BUNCEE

This looks like an interesting tool to use with your students. Basically, Buncee is yet another web-based content creation tool.  Students can add photos, videos, audio, text, drawings, etc. in order to create dynamic project presentations.  Teachers can use Buncee to create lessons online.  You can also make fun greeting cards like the example I am showing here. I joined and made it in less than 10 minutes!





http://www.buncee.com/buncee/45336

Here is another example where a video has been embedded.  A great tool for getting students to give presentations on whatever topic is related to your curriculum.


http://www.buncee.com/buncee/11996




Thursday, October 10, 2013

SYMPHONICAL

I recently discovered this tool and thought that I'd put it here for you teachers to have a look at.  It could be very useful for organizing all of those tasks that seem to never get done and stack up on a pile.  This tool allows you to visual tasks to do, tasks in progress and tasks that have been completed.  I like the looks of it too!