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Ict tools for oracy

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List of ICT tools to support the development of oracy

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Ict tools for oracy

  1. 1. An A-Z of ICT tools to support the development of oracy in the MFL classroom Isabelle Jones, Alderley Edge School for Girls http://isabellejones.blogspot.com A Acapela.tv http://www.acapela.tv/en/about/ is a site to create talking animations. Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ is a programme that allows you to record and edit sound straight to your computer-with a microphone. It is a popular programme with podcasters. Audioboo http://audioboo.fm/ is an audio blogging site. You can send in updates through the web or a smart phone. It is perfect for blogging on the move, like on school trips or for sharing opinions about a topic. (mobile app available) B Blabberize.com http://blabberize.com/ allows you to animate pictures of people and animals and to add sound to make them appear as if they are talking. C Capzles http://www.capzles.com/ is a free web application that allows you to combine your photos, videos, blog posts and sound files into rich multimedia storylines. Creative Commons Search http://search.creativecommons.org/ is a large collection of audio, video and visual resources which you are legally free to use and share. D DotSUb http://dotsub.com/howto is a website that allows you to upload videos and put subtitles on them. Perfect to share foreign language resources or to set translation projects to your students. (students can listen to each other’s speeches, transcribe, translate and subtitle videos) E Evernote http://evernote.com/ is a cross-platform note-taking tool. Text, pictures, voice memos and other media are automatically synced across all your devices including smartphones (mobile app available). F Flickr http://www.flickr.com/ is a web service for storing and sharing your digital photographs. It also has a large collection of Creative Commons photographs and pictures that can be used as prompts to speaking activities. (mobile app available) Fotobabble http://www.fotobabble.com/ enables you to create talking photos in a few clicks by adding a sound file. (mobile app available) G Go!Animate http://goanimate.com/ is a web application with which you can create animated comic strips. Great to model and introduce new language. H Hot Potatoes http://hotpot.uvic.ca/ is an application that allows you to create interactive exercises, which can be added to websites. Free for schools. HT Professional Recorder http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ht-professional- recorder/id292413948 Turn your mobile into a high quality digital recorder
  2. 2. I ImageChef http://www.imagechef.com/ is a website that allows you to create custom images by combining text, symbols and photos. Great for speaking starter activities or prompts. (mobile app available) iPadio http://www.ipadio.com/ allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live, creating phlogs–live voice-blogs (mobile app available) J Jamendo http://www.jamendo.com/en/ A European podsafe music site. Download royalty-free, CreativeCommons music in all major european languages. Great resource for creative speaking activities. K Kerpoof http://www.kerpoof.com/ allows children to draw, tell stories and create cartoons and animations. (a new story-telling app is now available) L Lingt http://lingtlanguage.com/ is a web application that allows you to create and edit language assignments incorporating voice, video, images, and text. Linelearner https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/linelearner/id368070258 app to help you practise learning lines (free version available, mobile app only) M Mailvu http://www.mailvu.com is an online audio email tool with video included. (mobile app available) Masher http://www.masher.com/ is an online video editor that allows users to create videos using their own uploaded material including photos, videos and music. Memrise http://www.memrise.com is a site to help you memorise key words by drilling them in your memory in different ways including audio and video (mobile app available) Morpho http://www.morfoapp.com/ is a free app that can be used to take a photo and record different voices onto it. Myplick http://www.myplick.com/ is a free service that lets you share and embed presentations online. You can also add narration or sound effects to your presentation by uploading audio files to it. N Ning http://www.ning.com/what-is-ning/ is a platform for you to create your own public or private site. It can be used to share audio and video resources and comment on them. Unfortunately, no longer free. O OneTrueMedia.com http://www.onetruemedia.com/ enables you to produce and post online slideshows with your own photos and music. P Photo Story 3 http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=11132 is a Windows desktop application to make photo slideshows to which you can add commentary, soundtrack and transition effects. PixnTell is an app that adds your voice to your pictures and creates a personalised video you can share on Dropbox, Facebook, YouTube or email (mobile app only)
  3. 3. Podomatic https://www.podomatic.com/login is a podcast publishing service-just upload your audio or video files. Free for the first 500MB Q Quizlet http://quizlet.com/ allows you to create and share flaschcards. Great to help your students revise materials like key vocabulary or prompts for their speaking tasks. R Real Player http://uk.real.com/realplayer/ Free video player-can also be used to turn video files into audio files. S Songify https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/songify-by-smule/id438735719?mt=8 App that turns speech automatically into a song. Great to practise pronunciation of new words in a fun way. Storybird http://storybird.com/ enables you to create short, digital stories which can then be shared and embedded into blogs and wikis. They can be complemented by audio files, which is a great way to practise pronunciation and intonation, T TagGalaxy http://www.taggalaxy.de/ allows you to search Flickr tags and displays the results as a rotating globe. Perfect to introduce topics or to use as prompts for discussions. Tagxedo http://www.tagxedo.com/ is a word cloud site that allows customisation, including a large variety of colour schemes and the ability to change the shape of the cloud. Great for starters and speaking prompts. U Udemy http://www.udemy.com/courses is a free platform to create online courses by uploading presentations, video and audio files and more. V Vocaroo http://vocaroo.com/ is an online voice recorder. Voicethread http://voicethread.com/ is an application that allows you to collaborate online by sharing media and comments. (mobile app available) Voki.com http://www.voki.com/ is a tool to enable you to produce speaking animated avatars. It has a text-to-speech facility in a wide range of languages and you can also upload your own audio to the avatar you created. Voxopop http://www.voxopop.com/ is like a forum that uses voice recordings instead of text. Private talk groups can be set up to discuss specific topics. W Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com/ provides wikis free of charge to educators. As anyone can edit wikis, provided they are giving the right to do so, they are great to share a range of media with students including audio and video resources. They can also be used to encourage students to comment on specific resources. Wordfoto http://www.wordfoto.com/ app enabling user to create word cloud in the shape of a photo of their choice (mobile app only) Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ allows users to create customisable word clouds from any given texts or web address. Great to create speaking prompts or visuals for speaking starters.
  4. 4. X Xmind http://www.xmind.net/ is a free mind-mapping desktop application. Great to present arguments key words/ phrases for discussions and debates. Y Youconvertit.com http://www.youconvertit.com/ConvertFiles.aspx allows you to convert files to any other file format, download online videos from sites such as YouTube. Useful when collecting audio from different sources. Z ZooBurst http://www.zooburst.com/zb_about.php is a tool that allows you to create your own customised 3D pop-up books with or without sound. The 3D books can also be used as prompt for speaking.

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