Creating Oral Tasks and Assessments


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A description of tools that can be used in the foreign language classroom to get our students speaking and listening.

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  • Internet Applications for Language Learning, created by the Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University
  • Creating Oral Tasks and Assessments

    1. 1. Creating oral tasks and assessments<br />PilarMunday, Ph.D.<br />Sacred Heart University<br />Fairfield, CT<br />
    2. 2. Tools we will see today<br />How to create sound files:<br />Sound recorder<br />Audacity<br />Smart phones<br />Free tools from the Internet:<br />Vocaroo<br />CLEAR<br />Drop Box<br />Conversations<br />Chirbit<br />Voxopop<br />Paid tools from the Internet:<br />Lingt<br />Voicethread<br />
    3. 3. How to create sound files<br />
    4. 4. Sound recorder<br />It is a component of Windows, so you can find it in most PCs.<br />Very easy to use. Only one button!<br />When you stop the recording, it creates a sound file that can be sent through e-mail or uploaded to a website like Blackboard.<br />
    5. 5. Audacity<br />Free program. Can be downloaded from<br /> More sophisticated than Sound Recorder, but still easy<br />Follow the instructions, as you also need to download the “lame” encoder in order to export .mp3 files<br />
    6. 6. Smart Phones<br />iPhone<br /> Android<br />Students can create short audio files with any smart phone and then send them by e-mail to themselves or to you<br />
    7. 7. Collecting and correcting the files<br />To collect the sound files, create an Assignment in Blackboard.<br />Students will have access to your instructions, and can upload the file there.<br />
    8. 8. Collecting and correcting the files<br />You will find all your files in your Blackboard Grade Center. You also have the option to download all the sound files to your computer if you prefer.<br />For each student, you can also record an answer (with the tools shown before) or just write notes and give them a grade directly in Grade Center.<br />
    9. 9. Free tools from the Internet<br />
    10. 10.<br />The easiest tool to use. Simply click to record.<br />After you record, you will get a link and a code that can be embedded.<br />
    11. 11. A group of “Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning” created by the Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University:<br />To use any of their tools you need to create a free account, but your students don’t.<br />In your account, you will have access to the students’ submissions.<br />
    12. 12. You can embed a drop box in any web page, like Blackboard.<br />Students record directly there.<br />Their submissions are all placed on your CLEAR page.<br />
    13. 13. You can try an example here<br />For instructions on how to use this tool:<br />
    14. 14. You can record questions for your students with your webcam.<br /> Embed the “conversation” on any page.<br />Students have the option to answer all questions as if it were a real conversation.<br />All their submissions can later be found in your CLEAR page.<br />
    15. 15. You create a “conversation” in your main page at CLEAR by recording several questions with your webcam.<br />You can then embed the conversation in your Blackboard page.<br />Students record the answers after every question. You can try in this example<br />Fpr instructions on how to use this tool:<br />
    16. 16.<br /> It allows you to record directly in the browser and the files stays there.<br />You may also upload longer sound files.<br />Record directly from your smart phone.<br />Students can also share their recordings with other students.<br />
    17. 17. You can leave audio responses and text comments for your students (see example).<br />You can have students commenting on each other’s utterances.<br />If you use Twitter or Facebook in your course, “chirbits” can be posted easily to those sites.<br />“Chirbits” can also be embedded in your Blackboard page.<br />
    18. 18.<br />Ideal for conversations, discussion, storytelling.<br />Your students and you need to create an account.<br />Let’s try it:<br />
    19. 19. Paid tools from the Internet<br />
    20. 20.<br /> You can have some limited use for free.<br />In your page, you create classes and post assignments there.<br />
    21. 21. Very easy editor to create assignments. You can add voice, text, an image or a YouTube video to be used as prompts.<br />
    22. 22. All the students responses are found in your lingt page.<br /> You can also give students feedback from that page.<br />The feedback can be oral and/or written.<br />
    23. 23. Prices (as of May 2011):<br />
    24. 24.<br />Create multimedia slideshows, where other people can comment using the computer or a phone.<br />You can upload documents.<br />You may also draw in the slides.<br />Prices start at $59,00 a year for a PRO account.<br />You can find more information here<br />An here are two examples from a Spanish class and another <br />
    25. 25. Thank you to Jennifer Rafferty from Quinnipiac University for her help with CHIRBIT and her VOICETHREAD example<br />For questions, or comments, you can reach me at<br />