A piece of software that is free and very quick to download. Allows you to record sounds/ songs/ text/ vocab lists etc straight to your computer with the use of a microphone. The sounds can be edited and mixed (eg with backing tracks) afterwards. The can also be exported as MP3s and then embedded into blogs, websites, wikis etc. (additional small extra download needed to export MP3s)
Blogging can be free – I use edublogs and have had over 5,000 hits after starting from scratch a couple of years ago. (see www.thirsklangs.edublogs.org). A blog is almost like an online diary to share news, ideas from your own teaching, ideas from conferences, resources, reflections, gain feedback. Can be run by teachers, run by a pupil – perhaps could encourage boys to write more. A blog consists of a series of posts which can be tagged for content and found at a later date if necessary. Posterous.com is a simple blogging platform perhaps to get you started!
Free website to use. Can be used to create excellent interactive activities for use in the classroom or to be set as homework (embedded into a blog). Recommend the following items: random name generator (could input names or even questions to be answered), twister (create pretend tweets from your literary/ historical characters/ famous scientists etc. See also fakebook, dustbin game is also an excellent in class activity.
Diigo is just one example of a bookmarking tool. What is bookmarking? If you spot a good web link, you can now save all the links in your online library which is accessible from anywhere (favourites only accessible from one computer). Join the site and be able to save and also importantly tag the websites so that you can easily find them again.
Edmodo – free, style of Facebook, own avatar private account for each class Set assignments,
If you google flashmeetings, you will find more info, but basically they are a way of allowing colleagues to meet ‘virtually’ to discuss issues of importance.It is an online meeting application in which 1. a meeting slot is pre-booked by a registered user,2. a timeslot, a url and a password is sent to that user, 3. the user passes the timeslot, url & password to interested participants, 4. At the allotted time, participants click the link to enter the meeting ( need microphone and a webcam if want to talk back). Global!
A ‘glog’ is like an online interactive poster that pupils can add video clips and sounds (MP3s etc) to. This example is from a year 7 student who had to make a poster about herself and what she likes/ dislikes. The posters can then be embedded into blogs/ wikis etc. You will only get so many ‘free’ pupil places before you have to pay. I have also used a glog as the front page of the wiki. (see w is for wiki!). Pupils have given feedback to each other on what they thought of each other’s work.
Variety of web based exercise types with immediate feedback, encourages pupils to take risks Wide range of levels and skills Allows thorough practice of vocabulary and structures, especially verbs. Can be used for extended comprehension Increases confidence and accuracy of verb conjugation
There are various tools for sharing photos online (public/ private) and you can also sometimes reuse other people’s pictures in your own ppts etc. This website has some good examples.
Jing is an example of a screencasting tool. A screencast is almost like taking a video of what is on your computerscreen ,like a tutorial, so you can explain the whole process (eg the making of a comic), the pupils can watch & rewatch it as many times as they like. No webcams needed. There are other screencasting tools available. Some have a time limit as to how long the clip can be. See example on the langs blog (click on Claire’s screencast link in the ppt slide – double check that Jing is not blocked in schools!).
A new website to me! It allows students to draw, tell stories, create cartoons & animations.
The langs dept has a membership to the and we are sent passwords which we share with the pupils. There is an English section to it too, useful for vocab consolidation, spelling practice etc. there is also a section where you can create either an interactive (embed into blog/ wiki) exercise or the pupils can create homework for each other. Useful for SEN too. See CH for latest passwords etc.
If some pupils can’t afford the latest publisher/ word processing programmes at home, you could always get them to download this free program at home. It is compatible with all other major office suites.
There are alternatives to ppt (as MD has shown other colleagues with Prezi). Once again this website has some good examples. Popplet is a great mind mapping tool. If you go on to slideshare and search for Amanda Salt, this teacher has written some ppts sharing ideas on popplet etc.
Qwizdom is an interactive classroom device that allows pupils to respond to to quiz questions etc on the form, constructed in the form of a ppt. It can keep track of their scores and can allow them to participate in a virtual ‘race’ etc. It can also keep track of pupil’s progress. Pupils log in with their normal ICT login. Ses talk by AA for more details. Located in languages.
Great way of getting pupils writing, particularly boys. Share online for free. Could be used for different subjects too
Follow educators from around the world, share good practice, ideas & websites. Really should protect tweets so only people that you have approved can see your tweets. Perhaps start off with another teacher of your subject and see who they follow , then follow a few of these people. Use it as little or as often as you like, doesn’t have to be intrusive at all. Complete your profile so people get an idea of what you are interested in
Need perhaps to get into the habit more of uploading pupils work, onto blogs, wikis, website etc – can encourage more feedback, collaboration. Can also share good ppts on slideshare etc
Voki is a free online program which produces animated characters to which you can add your own sound file e.g of you speaking. Good for a different style of presentation etc see example on languages blog
A wiki is an online space to showcase pupil work together in one area/ share resources etc. can be free – can be very collaborative with pupils. E,g, wikispaces, pbworks etc see the wiki link on the thirsk langs blog for an idea
A free online website that allows you to input questions, vocab etc and the website will turn these into games that can be embedded in a blog/ wiki etc. It allows you to hold competitions over a period of time eg 1 week and will email you the pupil results back. Lots of games have been added to it already. Check not blocked in school.
This ppt has only been possible after seeing similar presentations at conferences etc and huge thanks have to go the inspiration from Amanda Salt and Jose Picardo, both fellow language teachers.
A-Z of ICT Ideas
A-Z of ICT ideas Adding the ‘e’ factor to your teaching and learning
A is for … Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ audacity
B is for … Blogging www.thirsklangs.edublogs.org thirsklangs
C is for … Classtools.net www.classtools.net classtools
L is for… <ul><li>Linguascope </li></ul>Online games, pupils create own homework tasks, teachers create resources – ENGLISH! SEN too www.linguascope.com Linguascope
M is for… <ul><li>Making lifelong learners (them & us!) </li></ul>Learn from the pupils – if you spot them doing something fancy in their ICT work, make them to show you/ let them teach someone else how to do it = very powerful!
N is for… <ul><li>Nearly done!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep listening! </li></ul>
O is for… <ul><li>Open office </li></ul>www.openoffice.org Open Office
P is for… <ul><li>Presentation tools </li></ul>Prezi, popplet, animoto Slideshare – Amanda Salt http:// cooltoolsforschools . wikispaces .com/Presentation+Tools