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MFL Widgets & Wizardry

30+ ideas for the language
classroom
http://iconscrabble.com
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/s...
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 tun...
www.classtools.net
Fakebook
Fake Tweet
Great for project work – a celebrity, a town, a
character in a novel, play or film
Linguascope widgets
[Log in needed]
Countdown timers
Dice
Word /name/phrase picker
http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/

Google primary ict random name selector
Works ...
www.barryfunenglish.com

Look under ‘tools’ for scoreboards. One of the few free
resources available
Sandfields Comp IWB resources
http://www.npted.org/schools/sandfieldsComp/games/Pages/default.aspx

•
•
•
•

‘Bingo in’ ma...
Talking points

Google: ‘unusual
pictures’; check
before use!
Pause n’ play videos
Favourite at the moment
German:
Edeka – supergeil
Rowan Atkinson singt das Europalied
French:
Evian r...
Popplet
http://popplet.com/app/index.php#/460907

Easy
diagram
creator
You can
include
youtube
videos

Babysitten
http://p...
blockbusters
• Use http://www.teachersdirect.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters
Google: Star wars text crawl
creator
You can input some text and this site
converts it to a STAR WARSstyle
opening titles ...
Easy prompter
http://www.easyprompter.com/

Paste text into the box and it turns into a
broadcast-style autocue

Sample Te...
Zap reader
Sample Text:
So here I stand... one girl among
many. I speak – not for myself, but for
all girls and boys. I ra...
www.wordle.net

This is a wordle (wordle.net)
how do we use it?

See also Tagxedo
Bart’s Chalkboard
Why not use Bart’s Blackboard on a worksheet or the IWB

3 things I learnt this
lesson

Next time, I mus...
Here’s the background
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://v...
Cartoon creators
Go Animate - Make animations using a range of characters &
props. The pupils love it. Drag and drop to cr...
‘wheeldecide’
http://wheeldecide.com/

A wheel spinner which you can customize with any number of
segments and contents
Yo...
Top 10s
http://www.aneki.com/lists.html

Go out of
Powerpoint
slideshow into
edit mode &
move the
rectangle around
Online voice recorders
• Audioboo
Easy Audio clip recorder- just click, record and send.
Click the icon above to hear my s...
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 lev...
Voki – talking avatar creator
• Click the Borat sample. Text to speech, lots of
characters, voices and languages.
Selected...
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/too...
Blabberize
• http://blabberize.com/view/id/794856
Upload any image, customize the mouth, record
a message and watch the li...
Dice
For dice rollers – see
http://dice.miniwebapps.net/
Also Linguascope widgets &
IWB software e.g. Active Inspire
1

I ...
More dice 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 n...
quizlet
• Make you own sets of flashcards – audio
enabled !
• Ma ville: http://quizlet.com/26983558/flashcards
Textivate
£35
Copy and paste text
Choose sequencing or gap fill

Sample Text:
So here I stand... one girl among many. I sp...
Text mechanic + reverse text generator
Text Srambler
http://www.rjwoerheide.com/scrambletest.php
Google: rjwoerheide + text scrambler

• puts Use the words onlin...
Lingro

• Import a foreign language webpage address
• each word becomes clickable
• You can click on the word for the mean...
Using Authentic materials

Suggestions:
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr
TV: la grille des émissions
Cinema + Rouen+ programme www.allo...
imagechef

fodey

Caption generators
photobox

funny.pho.to

Also: Glass giant
Keep calmomatic
jon.meier@verulam.herts.sch.uk
Training 4th March Widgets & Wizardry for MFL update
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Training 4th March Widgets & Wizardry for MFL update

  1. 1. MFL Widgets & Wizardry 30+ ideas for the language classroom http://iconscrabble.com
  2. 2. Tu vois Un vase Ou Deux têtes? Le nez La bouche Le menton
  3. 3. Une jeune femme ou une vieille dame?
  4. 4. Tu vois un lapin ou un canard?
  5. 5. Build your wildself http://www.buildyourwildself.com/ Also Sonic character creator http://devbook.com/charactercreators/sonic/
  6. 6. Mr Picassohead • www.picassohead.com • anime character maker • sonic character creator • gamepuma character creator
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. www.classtools.net Fakebook Fake Tweet Great for project work – a celebrity, a town, a character in a novel, play or film
  9. 9. Linguascope widgets [Log in needed] Countdown timers Dice
  10. 10. Word /name/phrase picker http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/ Google primary ict random name selector Works best on Chrome
  11. 11. www.barryfunenglish.com Look under ‘tools’ for scoreboards. One of the few free resources available
  12. 12. Sandfields Comp IWB resources http://www.npted.org/schools/sandfieldsComp/games/Pages/default.aspx • • • • ‘Bingo in’ mad Click clock Fridge magnet Sketchpad for Pictionary
  13. 13. Talking points Google: ‘unusual pictures’; check before use!
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. blockbusters • Use http://www.teachersdirect.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters
  17. 17. Google: Star wars text crawl creator You can input some text and this site converts it to a STAR WARSstyle opening titles sequence
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. Zap reader 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. 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
  20. 20. www.wordle.net This is a wordle (wordle.net) how do we use it? See also Tagxedo
  21. 21. Bart’s Chalkboard Why not use Bart’s Blackboard on a worksheet or the IWB 3 things I learnt this lesson Next time, I must remember to get this right…… Here’s a question I want to ask the teacher/ the class
  22. 22. Here’s the background
  23. 23. Storybird & bookbox • some lovely illustrated books in French Spanish German • Good for a language club
  24. 24. 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-miniplenaries.html
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. ‘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
  27. 27. Top 10s http://www.aneki.com/lists.html Go out of Powerpoint slideshow into edit mode & move the rectangle around
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. Thinglink Make an image interactive https://www.thinglink.com/scene/4288907745 37502720
  30. 30. Fotobabble Upload a photo and add your audio commentary Here ’s an example (year 8 German) Ideal for topic work at any level
  31. 31. 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
  32. 32. One motion drum machine Click on the image to see it in action – If you’re feeling brave, try the alphabet song
  33. 33. Gap fill generator Google: random idea + English + Gapfill generator http://random-idea-english.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/tools-gapfill-generator.html
  34. 34. 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.
  35. 35. Dice For dice rollers – see http://dice.miniwebapps.net/ Also Linguascope widgets & IWB software e.g. Active Inspire 1 I get up In the garden With my dog 2 I wash In the kitchen With my cat 3 I eat In the garage With my horse 4 I get dressed On the balcony With my two goldfish 5 I brush my teeth In my room With my mouse 6 I go to bed In the school With my tortoise
  36. 36. More dice 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
  37. 37. quizlet • Make you own sets of flashcards – audio enabled ! • Ma ville: http://quizlet.com/26983558/flashcards
  38. 38. Textivate £35 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.
  39. 39. Text mechanic + reverse text generator
  40. 40. 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.
  41. 41. Lingro • Import a foreign language webpage address • each word becomes clickable • You can click on the word for the meaning and store it in a word list • It will generate a set of flashcards of the words clicked
  42. 42. Using Authentic materials Suggestions: Amazon.de Amazon.fr TV: la grille des émissions Cinema + Rouen+ programme www.allocine.fr Subway Belgique McDonalds France Subway France Pizzas `a emporter
  43. 43. imagechef fodey Caption generators photobox funny.pho.to Also: Glass giant
  44. 44. Keep calmomatic
  45. 45. jon.meier@verulam.herts.sch.uk

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