August 31, 2009
Once you've created your prezi presentation, click on the link they give you and you'll be taken to a page with your presentation. Below you'll find the embed code (which was not available a few months ago).
There are two kinds of players you can generate:
simple navigation - the one I embedded below which you have to click in order to take you along the path I've created.
autoplay - which plays as a video.
You can also share your presentation in twitter or facebook with a simple click.
To watch an intro about Prezi, click here
I'd like to share a site I've come across which offers you the experience of reading, watching and listening to great books. The storytelling is done by well-known actors. I had such a nice time reading the books! http://www.storylineonline.net/
This is a part of one of the stories I loved : "Stellaluna"
August 30, 2009
August 29, 2009
GOOD POINTS: it's very cute, easy to use and you can type in various languages.
BAD POINT: you can't publish all your creations ( found no embed code for some) but you can grab a link. :(
This is a dictation I've created:
Another cute card As this one does not provide the embed code for publishing, I used screenr to record it.
How can you use this with students?
- as suggested by Bob Palmer, create dictations for your students.
- create vocabulary dictations with words from previous lessons.
- Create a listening comprehension activity where sts listen to a character introducing himself and answer questions.
- Have sts create their own speaking character using language they've studied.
Paul E. Glott can tell you how to say lots of things in many languages. Try it out! You type in the sentence, choose the language and Paul helps you out. Cute!
August 26, 2009
MY TRIAL: I recorded a checklist for teachers doing the Cultura EDtech online course.
The second site for audio recordings is RECORDR
You can record VIDEO or AUDIO only, then grab the embed code and publish it. You can also tweet your recording with a simple click.
How can I use these sites with students?
- You can leave messages for your students in class blogs.
- You can have students record dialogues in class and then publish them in the class blog.
- You can send sts a dictation they have to write down for homework.
- You can read a text about a content sts are going to see in the future.
After a comment left by Alex, this is a trial using VOCAROO
Vocaroo is also very simple. No need to sign up. YOu record and can get a link or an embed code. You'll see the quality of the recording was not so clear.
My trial with CHIRBIT
Chirbit is slightly more complicated than the others, you have to sign up, and after recording it provides you with a link and the possibility to share in various sites. Couldn't find an embed code though. Sound quality was not the best either.
Well, my evaluation would be the following: if you want to record something simple, audio only, my choices would be AUDIOPAL and VOCAROO (sound was not so good).
With RECORDR I have the option of having a video made and it's as simple as Audiopal. The only thing I didn't like so much was that even recording audio only the embeddable player is very big.
August 25, 2009
This is how to do it. Sign in with your TWITTER account, then click on RECORD. Resize the shooting screen to focus on the area you would like to record on your screen. Click RECORD and start speaking. It records everything you say and do with your mouse. When you're done, click DONE , write a text to go with your tweet and wait a while (about 2 minutes). After it's been tweeted, you can also grab an embed code to publish it in your blog, have a URL address, publish it in youtube (if you have a youtube account) or download it as an mp4 file. The quality of the image is superb.
It couldn't be easier!
This is a screencast I made to show two colleagues how to remove a student from an edmodo group you've created.
This is my screencast in twitter
August 22, 2009
Dianne Krause has created a nice xtranormal movie talking about education in 2025. Interesting stuff!
This is another example we can use for language teaching. By selecting a character, a scenario and a script we can introduce any language point. This is an example of another movie created by Dianne Krause, this time in French.
You can also ask sts to create their own movies with language you've focussed. Isn't it a fantastic tool?
These were my TRIALS
August 18, 2009
Check out this video
This is another video about Hitlab and how augmented reality will affect learning.
August 17, 2009
- The first one is KIDEOS. A place where you can find videos for children. You can find videos according to age group or search the categories. I loved watching Caillou's videos, they're so sweet and cute. Teachers can also use the nursery rhymes videos. Check some of them.
- Can you tell a story in 6 words? This is the idea behing 6-WORD MEMOIRS. In Smith Magazine (online) you can tell your own 6-word story.
These are some EXAMPLES from the magazine:
A post from the blog BIONIC TEACHING shows a video produced with Teens Six-word stories.
- Finally, the third site would be Youtube Doubler. (via Nik Peachey)
A great resource to help sts compare cities, animals, people. Just type in the URL of the first video, then the second and both will appear side by side.
August 12, 2009
August 9, 2009
While browsing through his blog, I learned about BookRix, a site which helps you create online books. You can download your own book or let the site help you create one. When the book has been created, you can share it in the BookRix archive, send the link to friends or even grab an embed code for your blog.
David Kapuler's online books on webtools is a must-read.
August 6, 2009
We start on 24/08/09 and for 3 months we'll be learning how to create class blogs where teachers can share material with students and we'll also explore several webtools in order to devise lesson plans integrating them to our content.
Several teachers I've met asked me "Will I be able to learn this stuff? Isn't it complicated?" My answer to them is if I learned so can you. The only thing which is complicated is the fear to fail. And one thing I learned blogging is that it's ok to make mistakes and try again. The course is going to follow a very manageable pace and participants will be able to ask for synchronous and asynchronous help.
This is a video I've created to remind participants of the Start Date. (I used Animoto)
A virtual poster about the course (w/ glogster)
If you are a Brazilian EFL teacher and would like to join our group, send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you more info.
August 5, 2009
I literally fell in love with the site.
I'd also like to recommend the reading of Nik Peachey's great and useful post about it. Thanks NiK!!!!
What I like about it - it must be very beautiful to look at on the e-board and looks very futuristic.
What I didn't like about it - I wish we could select pictures from overall flickr filtering by tag. This way we could show various pictures to our students on a given topic.
After creating your gallery you can share it in facebook, orkut or publish it in your blog by grabbing the embed code.
August 2, 2009
Well, I'm not a geography teacher, nevertheless, the video library is perfect for language teachers as well. Of course, depending on the level of your students the task has to be simpler. Great to watch and fantastic stuff to learn!