Things have been pretty busy in the world of ELT and
Educational technology recently, and I’d like to share with you some of
my attempts to keep up and make use of what is happening.
my teacher development blog I’ve been writing about a wonderful tool
that combines the power of animation with text to speech technology and
enable us to create simple animated movies with our students. These are
great for contextualising language and helping our students to practice
dialogues. They are also very simple to create.
also been exploring a viral video site that enable us to use a simple
photograph to generate a fake celebrity movie. This is great fun and
can be exploited in a variety of ways.
can be a really powerful teaching tool, so tools like Bubbblr which
enable us to combine images into sequences with text to use either
offline or online can be really valuable.
also been doing a bit of work in Second Life and attempting to film my
debut as an educational chat show host. This was a real learning
experience, so i’ve tried to share what I learned about how to create
movies in Second Life.
a fictional biography seems to have been a theme the last couple of
weeks, so here’s another website that you can use to create a fictional
biography using images. Great prompt for creative writing or speaking
Urban dictionary has been creating quite a stir. In this posting I look
at what it’s good for and what it really is NOT so good for.
contrast to the Urban dictionary Wordie is a really simple and user
friendly tool that can help our students to develop their vocabulary
you are involved in or want to promote awareness of Global issues
within your classroom, then this is a good time for you as there are
lots of resources being developed for this.
You can get students involved in playing text based online simulations that help them to understand how nations are managed.
There is a huge selection of video clips available which can be used as prompts to discussion, listening or writing activities.
are also more interactive serious games like this one which helps
students to understand the challenges involved in overcoming poverty in
a small Nepalese village.
you want something less serious and your students are interested in
films, then try out this activity which uses TV and film scripts to
help students improve their reading speeds.
you can also find out how students can access the audio for thousands
of movies to help them develop their listening skills.
If you are more interested in fun you can find a collection of really nicely designed word games here:
Or perhaps you prefer some real communication and get your students to send each other singing telegrams
but not least, there is a review of the World languages Assessment
website and links to lots of useful information about testing and
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Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer