Assignment # 4This is my blog: http://noe89.blog.com/Presentation Welcome to my blog! I’m Noelia and I’m studying at a teacher training college at the UTN inCapital Federal, Argentina. The name of the subject is Aplicaciones de Informática a la Enseñanzadel Inglés. This blog is aimed at sharing information related to different tools which teachers might findvery useful to be used on the web so as to improve their lessons. With these tools, students mayfeel more motivated as these sites show interesting ways of learning English with up-to-dateactivities and games. In the book How to teach english with technology, Dudeney and Hockly (2008:93) state that“a blog is esentially an online journal or diary, usually written by one person, which is added toregularly.” Besides, most blogs allow visitors to add comments which can be seen by the blogowner and other visitors. On the other hand, “a wiki is like a public website, or public web page,started by one person, but which subsequent visitors can add to, delete or change as they wish.”Also, wikis are more dynamic and may have multiple authors. (p. 93 – Chapter 7) As a result, I’ve chosen to use a blog because as it is a collaborative web space and opento any visitors, my students are allowed to edit or show their work as well. I hope you find my blog useful and interesting!
Sample # 1: FODEYIt’s an interesting site where you can create your own newspaper about whatever you want.1- First, enter this link http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp. You do not need to create an account because the site is open to anyone.2- Then, you have to follow the following steps:a- Think of the name of the newspaper.b- Write the date of the event.c- Think of an appealing headline. andd- Create your story which can be about sports, shows, politics, etc.e- Finally, you click on GENERATE and you will see your news. Look!! This is my example. I hope you enjoy it Sample # 2: VOKI
VOKI is a funny tool that facilitates the creation of an avatar which is a graphical representation ofthe user or character invented. It is a digital component in which you can choose the color of youreyes, hairstyle and you can also add your voice and movement to it.It’s very appealing to children as they can have fun by creating a lot of different faces and more.Would you like to try? Let’s follow these easy steps:1- First, enter this site http://www.voki.com/create.php. After that, you need to have an account soclick on the button ‘register’ and start the process. Once you are there, write all the informationrequired and then wait for the confirmation to be sent by e-mail.2- Once you have access to your own account you can start creating your Voki.3- Select the option ‘create a new voki’.4- Once you are here, you can customize your character (change the color of skin, eyes, hair, theclothes, add glasses or other extra things) you can give a voice to your voki (you just need amicrophone or notebook, you can type the text and it will be turned into a speech by the program),you can also change the background of your Voki and change the color of the player.5- Once you have added all the things you want, you have to press the button ‘publish’. Once it isdone you will have a lot of options to share your work, be sure that you copy the embedded codecorrectly.
This is a sample of my own voki creation: I HOPE YOU LIKE THIS TOOL AS MUCH AS I DID!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sample # 3: ToonDooThis is an excellent tool if you want to work with, for example, stories of all kinds. Children mayhave fun by creating comics in a very funny way. They may add a context, a character or more indifferent positions, dialogues, among other incredible things.1- First, enter this site http://www.toondoo.com/ . You need to create and account and then startworking on your project.
2- Go to the right part of the page and you will find a lot of tools for you to choose. You may createyour own comic, make a toon book, a character, etc. In my case, I’ve chosen the first one: TheToonDoo Maker. Don’t worry because the steps are very easy to follow so try and create whateveryou want. If you use the ToonDoo Maker, click on it and you will have to choose a layout, then the background, the character and the speech bubbles.This is my example... I created the background, then I put the character in different positions andfinally I added short dialogues.
Sample # 4: Auto MotivatorThis site is great for creating posters related to a personal expererience or with your family/ friends,about a hero, etc. You can add any picture you want, a tittle and a comment.1- First, enter this site http://wigflip.com/automotivator/. You do not need to create an account.2- To start preparing your poster, choose a beautiful image which will serve as the presentation.You can open a picture from your computer, the web or a picture which is provided by the site.3- Once you have selected your picture, you can choose the tittle of your picture, the font, the colorof the mark and add a short text which explains in few words what you want to tell the reader.
This is my example of a personal experience...! Activity 1: FODEYLevel: Intermediate.Age: 16-17 years old.Communicative goal: preparing a piece of news related to a traffic accident.Language focus: health, cars, etc.Grammar focus: passive voice (was/were (not) + past participle)Task: You are a reporter for a remarkable newspaper. A serious accident happened yesterday andyou are sent to the scene so as to question the witnesses and the police. Collect the necessaryinformation taking into account these questions: What happened? Was anyone injured? Wasanything damaged? Was anyone arrested?Then, You have to do the following:- Prepare a short piece of news about the accident (100 words approximately). Before using thistool, you may write your report on a Word document first and then you cut and paste it on Fodey.- Remember to use the passive voice structure.- Don’t forget to create a name for your newspaper, set the date, write an appealing headline andstart creating your story.Procedure: go to this link http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp .Note: For a more detailed explanation on how to use the tool visit this link:
http://noe89.blog.com/2012/10/23/fodey-how-to-create-your-own-news/Evaluation: Fluency Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Accuracy Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Creativity Excellent Very good Good Needs improvementUse of vocabulary Excellent Very good Good Needs improvementTask development Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Activity 2: VOKILevel: Pre-intermediate.Age: 10-11 years old.Communicative goal: describing personal information.Language focus: nationality, age, food, sports (personal information)Grammar focus: likes and dislikes, can/can’t.Task: Create your personal information form for your school. First, design your voki (change thecolor of skin, eyes, hair, give a voice to your voki, among other things). Then, complete thefollowing chart on a Word page with information about yourself. MY PERSONAL FILE Name Age Nationality Likes
Dislikes Can Can’tProcedure: go to this link http://www.voki.com/create.php and create your Voki, there record ortype all this information.Note: For a more detailed explanation on how to use the tool visit this link:http://noe89.blog.com/2012/10/30/voki-how-to-create-your-own-avatar/Evaluation: Fluency Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Accuracy Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Creativity Excellent Very good Good Needs improvementUse of vocabulary Excellent Very good Good Needs improvementTask development Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Activity 3: ToonDooLevel: Pre-intermediate.Age: 11-12 years old.Communicative goal: making suggestions.Language focus: places in town, actions, expressions.Grammar focus: Let’s...! Why don’t we...? How about...? Would you like to...?Task: Create a very short comic between two or more friends. They do not know what to do nextweekend, so they start making suggestions. Choose a layout with four slides and once you arethere, add a tittle to your comic. Change the background, add everything you want, try to use shorttext in their bubbles.Procedure: go to this link http://www.toondoo.com/ and create your account.Note: For a more detailed explanation on how to use the tool visit this link:http://noe89.blog.com/2012/10/30/toondoo-how-to-create-your-own-comic-2/Evaluation:
Fluency Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Accuracy Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Creativity Excellent Very good Good Needs improvementUse of vocabulary Excellent Very good Good Needs improvementTask development Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Activity 4: Auto MotivatorLevel: Pre-intermediate.Age: 13-14 years old.Communicative goal: creating a poster about a place you visited last summer.Language focus: countries, places in town, the countryside, adjectives.Grammar focus: simple past.Task: Create a poster about a place you visited last summer, it can be any place. Select a pictureand then, write a headline for your poster (you can change the font and the colour) and below thetittle, a brief explanation telling the reader something about that special place. Take into accountthese questions: Why did you like it? With whom did you go? What did you feel? Would you like tocome back?Procedure: go to http://wigflip.com/automotivator/ and start creating your poster.Note: For a more detailed explanation on how to use the tool visit this link:
http://noe89.blog.com/2012/10/23/auto-motivator-how-to-create-posters/Evaluation: Fluency Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Accuracy Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement Creativity Excellent Very good Good Needs improvementUse of vocabulary Excellent Very good Good Needs improvementTask development Excellent Very good Good Needs improvement