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MFL Widgets & Wizardry 
30+ ideas for the language 
classroom 
http://iconscrabble.com
By attending the course you will: 
be given information about online tools to help 
language learning 
be given some infor...
Questions? 
Topic area? 
Quick flash?
Quick flash?
Questions? 
Topic area? 
Quick flash? 
Don’t forget 
that you can 
also use 
scrolling 
effects to see 
how much 
pupils 
...
Tu vois…… 
Un vase 
Ou 
Deux têtes? 
Le nez 
La bouche 
Le menton
Une jeune femme 
ou 
une vieille dame?
Tu vois 
un lapin 
ou 
un canard?
Build your wildself 
http://www.buildyourwildself.com/ 
Also Sonic character creator 
http://devbook.com/charactercreators...
Mr Picassohead 
• www.picassohead.com 
• anime character maker 
• sonic character creator 
• gamepuma character creator
Countdown timer 
www.online-stopwatch.com 
A nice collection of timers. 
Includes countdown bomb! 
www.classtools.net 
Has...
www.classtools.net 
Fakebook 
& Fake Tweet (‘Twister’) 
Great for project work – a celebrity, a town, a 
character in a no...
Linguascope widgets 
[Log in needed] 
Countdown timers 
Dice
www.barryfunenglish.com 
Look under ‘tools’ for scoreboards. One of the few free 
resources available on this site
‘wheeldecide’ 
http://wheeldecide.com/ 
A wheel spinner which you can customize with any number of 
segments and contents ...
Word /name/phrase picker 
http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/ 
Google primary ict random name selector 
Work...
Sandfields Comp IWB resources 
http://www.npted.org/schools/sandfieldsComp/games/Pages/default.aspx 
• ‘Bingo in’ mad 
• C...
Talking points Google: ‘unusual 
pictures’; check 
before use!
Harry Styles 
Russell Brand 
Justin Bieber 
Kate Middleton 
Victoria Beckham 
The victim has made no 
mistakes. The killer...
Pistols at Dawn 
2 pupils stand back to back, hands in shape of drawn guns. T asks a 
question which requires a short (1 o...
akinator 
http://fr.akinator.com/
TTS IM text translator 
Text to speech- Good for pupils’ 
learning for speaking and writing 
tests. Cluttered interface bu...
Pause n’ play videos 
Favourite at the moment 
German: 
Edeka – supergeil 
Rowan Atkinson singt das Europalied 
French: 
E...
Popplet 
http://popplet.com/app/index.php#/460907 
Easy 
diagram 
creator 
You can 
include 
youtube 
videos 
Babysitten 
...
blockbusters 
• Use http://www.teachers-direct. 
co.uk/resources/quiz-busters
Easy prompter 
http://www.easyprompter.com/ 
Paste text into the box and it turns into a 
broadcast-style autocue 
Sample ...
Zap reader 
www.zapreader.com 
Select ‘Reader’ 
Paste a bunch of text in to the box 
Hit ‘zap it’ 
The page will display o...
www.wordle.net 
This is a wordle (wordle.net) 
how do we use it? 
See also Tagxedo
Bart’s Chalkboard 
Next time, I 
must remember 
to get this 
right…… (x5 !) 
3 things I learnt 
this lesson 
Here’s a ques...
Storybird & bookbox 
• some lovely illustrated books in French 
Spanish German 
• Good for a language club
Who needs expensive & fiddly e-voting 
systems? 
Multiple choice / mini-plenary smiley kit 
Download the ‘kit’ here: 
http...
Cartoon creators 
Go Animate - Make animations using a range of characters & 
props. The pupils love it. Drag and drop to ...
Top 10s 
http://www.aneki.com/lists.html 
Go out of Powerpoint slideshow into edit mode & 
move this rectangle around 
Try...
Online voice recorders 
• Audioboo 
Easy Audio clip recorder- just click, record and send. 
Click the icon above to hear m...
Thinglink 
Make an image interactive 
https://www.thinglink.com/scene/4288907745 
37502720
Fotobabble 
Upload a photo and add your audio commentary 
Here ’s an example (year 8 German) 
Ideal for topic work at any ...
Voki – talking avatar creator 
• Click the Borat sample. Text to speech, lots of 
characters, voices and languages. 
Selec...
Strip bingo 
Strip bingo 
Give kids a strip of paper divided into 8 rows 
(half of A4, vertical is OK). Teach about 20 
vo...
One motion drum machine 
Click on the 
image to see it 
in action – 
If you’re 
feeling brave, 
try the 
alphabet song
Gap fill generator 
Google: random idea + English + Gapfill generator 
http://random-idea-english.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/t...
Blabberize 
• http://blabberize.com/view/id/794856 
Upload any image, customize the mouth, record 
a message and watch the...
Dice 
I get up 
I wash 
I eat 
I get dressed 
I brush my teeth 
I go to bed 
In the garden 
In the kitchen 
In the garage ...
More dicey ideas 
Number each pupil in your class 1-12 
Go round again, so in a class of 24 you’ll have two pupils who are...
quizlet 
• Make you own sets of flashcards – audio 
enabled ! 
• Ma ville: http://quizlet.com/26983558/flashcards
Textivate 
Approx £35 a year 
Copy and paste text 
Choose sequencing or gap fill 
Sample Text: 
So here I stand... one gir...
Text mechanic + reverse text generator
Text Srambler 
http://www.rjwoerheide.com/scrambletest.php 
Google: rjwoerheide + text scrambler 
• puts Use the words onl...
Lingro 
• Go to Lingro 
• Import a foreign language webpage address and see 
what happens 
• each word becomes clickable 
...
Suggestions: 
Amazon.de 
Amazon.fr 
TV: la grille des émissions 
Cinema + Rouen+ programme 
Subway Belgique 
McDonalds Fra...
imagechef fodey 
Caption generators – 
Photofunia does it all 
photobox funny.pho.to 
Also: Glass giant
Kahoot 
Pupils use www.kahoot.it 
Teacher uses getkahoot.com 
https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/d57c4d55-10f7- 
47a4-ad62-78fbc5a...
Keep calmomatic
jon.meier@verulam.herts.sch.uk
MFL tools and tricks - update Dec14
MFL tools and tricks - update Dec14
MFL tools and tricks - update Dec14
MFL tools and tricks - update Dec14
MFL tools and tricks - update Dec14
MFL tools and tricks - update Dec14
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  1. 1. MFL Widgets & Wizardry 30+ ideas for the language classroom http://iconscrabble.com
  2. 2. By attending the course you will: be given information about online tools to help language learning be given some information about recent e-learning developments have a chance to share and discuss strategies for using online tools to raise attainment in MFL Have a break from the frenzy of school
  3. 3. Questions? Topic area? Quick flash?
  4. 4. Quick flash?
  5. 5. Questions? Topic area? Quick flash? Don’t forget that you can also use scrolling effects to see how much pupils remember
  6. 6. Tu vois…… Un vase Ou Deux têtes? Le nez La bouche Le menton
  7. 7. Une jeune femme ou une vieille dame?
  8. 8. Tu vois un lapin ou un canard?
  9. 9. Build your wildself http://www.buildyourwildself.com/ Also Sonic character creator http://devbook.com/charactercreators/sonic/
  10. 10. Mr Picassohead • www.picassohead.com • anime character maker • sonic character creator • gamepuma character creator
  11. 11. Countdown timer www.online-stopwatch.com A nice collection of timers. Includes countdown bomb! www.classtools.net Has tunes you can use to countdown Also : name/word randomizers, hidden image
  12. 12. www.classtools.net Fakebook & Fake Tweet (‘Twister’) Great for project work – a celebrity, a town, a character in a novel, play or film
  13. 13. Linguascope widgets [Log in needed] Countdown timers Dice
  14. 14. www.barryfunenglish.com Look under ‘tools’ for scoreboards. One of the few free resources available on this site
  15. 15. ‘wheeldecide’ http://wheeldecide.com/ A wheel spinner which you can customize with any number of segments and contents You could add words, pupil’s names, topic categories Les vacances Ma chambre Ma ville Ma maison Mon copain /ma copine Mes animaux Mon film préféré Mon école Mes profs Ma routine
  16. 16. Word /name/phrase picker http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/ Google primary ict random name selector Works best on Chrome
  17. 17. Sandfields Comp IWB resources http://www.npted.org/schools/sandfieldsComp/games/Pages/default.aspx • ‘Bingo in’ mad • Click clock • Fridge magnet • Sketchpad for Pictionary
  18. 18. Talking points Google: ‘unusual pictures’; check before use!
  19. 19. Harry Styles Russell Brand Justin Bieber Kate Middleton Victoria Beckham The victim has made no mistakes. The killer has made 3 grammar or spelling mistakes. Everyone else has made 1 or 2. Find the killer & the victim J’ai mangé une tartine et j’ai bu une tasse de café Jennifer Lawrence J’ai regarde la télé et après j’avons lire une BD d’Astérix J’ai faire mes devoirs et j’ai surfé sur le web J’ai allée au cinéma avec mes amies Je suis resté à la maison et j’ai faire la cousine J’ai travaille dans le magasin de mon père
  20. 20. Pistols at Dawn 2 pupils stand back to back, hands in shape of drawn guns. T asks a question which requires a short (1 or 2 words) answer. Pupils turn round quickly and face each other, say the answer followed by BANG. Correct answer + ‘Bang’ wins. You can do a class knockout if not too many.
  21. 21. akinator http://fr.akinator.com/
  22. 22. TTS IM text translator Text to speech- Good for pupils’ learning for speaking and writing tests. Cluttered interface but OK once you’re used to it. You can slow down the speed of the spoken text. Paste in the following text: Bonjour les professeurs indomptables. J’espère que vous trouverez certaines de ces idées utiles et que cette présentation n’est pas trop exigeante. Rappelez que l’essentiel, c’est l’équilibre entre la vie professionnelle et la vie privée. Passez des vacances reposantes.
  23. 23. Pause n’ play videos Favourite at the moment German: Edeka – supergeil Rowan Atkinson singt das Europalied French: Evian roller babies Mr Bean – Packing for Holiday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r0dr_juOiI
  24. 24. Popplet http://popplet.com/app/index.php#/460907 Easy diagram creator You can include youtube videos Babysitten http://popplet.com/app/index.php#/1 283283
  25. 25. blockbusters • Use http://www.teachers-direct. co.uk/resources/quiz-busters
  26. 26. Easy prompter http://www.easyprompter.com/ Paste text into the box and it turns into a broadcast-style autocue Sample Text: So here I stand... one girl among many. I speak – not for myself, but for all girls and boys. I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights: Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.
  27. 27. Zap reader www.zapreader.com Select ‘Reader’ Paste a bunch of text in to the box Hit ‘zap it’ The page will display one word at a time You can adjust the speed and the number of words displayed at any one time (up to 5) Good for reading practice (phonics) Information recall Translation / comprehension Predict next word Repeat/ recall last word Sample Text: So here I stand... one girl among many. I speak – not for myself, but for all girls and boys. I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights: Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.
  28. 28. www.wordle.net This is a wordle (wordle.net) how do we use it? See also Tagxedo
  29. 29. Bart’s Chalkboard Next time, I must remember to get this right…… (x5 !) 3 things I learnt this lesson Here’s a question I want to ask the teacher/ the class You can use Bart’s chalkboard on a worksheet or the IWB
  30. 30. Storybird & bookbox • some lovely illustrated books in French Spanish German • Good for a language club
  31. 31. Who needs expensive & fiddly e-voting systems? Multiple choice / mini-plenary smiley kit Download the ‘kit’ here: http://verulamvle.typepad.com/vets/2011/11/smileys-for-mini-plenaries. html
  32. 32. Cartoon creators Go Animate - Make animations using a range of characters & props. The pupils love it. Drag and drop to create scenes. Allows text, but not speech. See examples here and here • Toondo - cartoon strip creator- Cartoon strip creator. Drag and drop. A good way to reinforce a topic. http://www.toondoo.com/ Example here
  33. 33. Top 10s http://www.aneki.com/lists.html Go out of Powerpoint slideshow into edit mode & move this rectangle around Try BARB as well for TV ratings Good for comparatives and superlatives
  34. 34. Online voice recorders • Audioboo Easy Audio clip recorder- just click, record and send. Click the icon above to hear my sample. Get pupils to do a quick audio message and send it to your email address (your network techies can set one up a shadow (proxy) one for you) • Vocaroo Easy audio recorder There’s a more flexible one called Audiopal Soundcloud lets you store longer bits of audio
  35. 35. Thinglink Make an image interactive https://www.thinglink.com/scene/4288907745 37502720
  36. 36. Fotobabble Upload a photo and add your audio commentary Here ’s an example (year 8 German) Ideal for topic work at any level
  37. 37. Voki – talking avatar creator • Click the Borat sample. Text to speech, lots of characters, voices and languages. Selected pupils come to the front and create a target language Voki message to the class Pupil A inputs a description about another pupil. Class have to guess who it is. Winner takes over. Selected pupils create a plenary Voki of the 5 most useful words from the lesson for the rest of the class to guess Teacher creates a Voki containing a starter activity or a message which contains the lesson objective
  38. 38. Strip bingo Strip bingo Give kids a strip of paper divided into 8 rows (half of A4, vertical is OK). Teach about 20 vocab items . The pupils then choose 8 French words and copy each one into their 8 rows, one per row. Teacher then reads the English from the original list. If pupils has the word at top or bottom of their strip, they tear it off. Teacher keeps reading the list, in any order. The winner is the first pupil to ‘lose’ all their words.
  39. 39. One motion drum machine Click on the image to see it in action – If you’re feeling brave, try the alphabet song
  40. 40. Gap fill generator Google: random idea + English + Gapfill generator http://random-idea-english.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/tools-gapfill-generator.html
  41. 41. Blabberize • http://blabberize.com/view/id/794856 Upload any image, customize the mouth, record a message and watch the lip-sync in action. Works best with cartoon faces but you can try celebs too.
  42. 42. Dice I get up I wash I eat I get dressed I brush my teeth I go to bed In the garden In the kitchen In the garage On the balcony In my room In the school With my dog With my cat With my horse With my two goldfish With my mouse With my tortoise For dice rollers – see http://dice.miniwebapps.net/ Also Linguascope widgets & IWB software e.g. Active Inspire 1 2 3 4 5 6
  43. 43. More dicey ideas Number each pupil in your class 1-12 Go round again, so in a class of 24 you’ll have two pupils who are number 1 etc Roll 2 die The pupils with that number stand up and answer Divide class into two teams - Ask a question then, if they answer correctly, roll one dice for number of points ‘cricket’: - roll a dice, then ask a question worth that number of points. So a six would be a really hard question, a one would be an easy one Verb conjugation
  44. 44. quizlet • Make you own sets of flashcards – audio enabled ! • Ma ville: http://quizlet.com/26983558/flashcards
  45. 45. Textivate Approx £35 a year Copy and paste text Choose sequencing or gap fill Sample Text: So here I stand... one girl among many. I speak – not for myself, but for all girls and boys. I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights: Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.
  46. 46. Text mechanic + reverse text generator
  47. 47. Text Srambler http://www.rjwoerheide.com/scrambletest.php Google: rjwoerheide + text scrambler • puts Use the words online different a a in which scrambler sentence order an text of use an online text scrambler which puts the words of a sentence in a different order • txet sdrawkcab ecudorp ekil sgniht rehto od uoy stel moc.esacelggot.www www.togglecase.com lets you do other things like produce backwards text.
  48. 48. Lingro • Go to Lingro • Import a foreign language webpage address and see what happens • each word becomes clickable • You can click on the word for the meaning and store it in a word list • It will also generate a set of flashcards of the words clicked
  49. 49. Suggestions: Amazon.de Amazon.fr TV: la grille des émissions Cinema + Rouen+ programme Subway Belgique McDonalds France Subway France Pizzas `a emporter Using Authentic materials www.allocine.fr
  50. 50. imagechef fodey Caption generators – Photofunia does it all photobox funny.pho.to Also: Glass giant
  51. 51. Kahoot Pupils use www.kahoot.it Teacher uses getkahoot.com https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/d57c4d55-10f7- 47a4-ad62-78fbc5a5230b
  52. 52. Keep calmomatic
  53. 53. jon.meier@verulam.herts.sch.uk

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