"Mankind is still the most extraordinary computer of all" (John F. Kennedy)

"Mankind is still the most extraordinary computer of all" (John F. Kennedy) On my previous blog entries, I have mentioned about different Web 2.0 tools that can enhance our teaching and engage our students into their own learning process. These tools can bring creativity into our teaching. Here are my suggestions: With Glogster, you can create digital posters. It's a very creative way to communicate with the world. You can add photos, videos, audio files, text and animated characters. Students can create film posters, advertisements. They can use it as an introduction to their own e-portfolios.You can embed it to any website. Here is my glogster: www.ozgekaraoglu.wikispaces.com. I've been using it as an introduction to my portfolio. Also, here is the wiki that I've created for my kindergarten students using glogster: www.magicenglish.wikispaces.com Wix is similar to glogster. You can create flash web content with animated backgrounds, adding text, pictures, audio files, videos. You can also import pictures from Flickr and videos from Youtube. Box helps you to keep your PowerPoint presentations or word documents online and share it with others. We can keep our written assignments and put the link on our social network. Students won't lose their homework. Even they lose; they can always find it on the site ready for them to be printed by using box.net. Voki is such a fun site to play with. It enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You choose your character among lots of choices. You can change the hair, eye, clothing, accessories, background and even the make-up of your speaking avatar. You give it a voice and embed it to your site. Students can describe themselves; they can answer questions, sing a song, read a poem and talk about anything you assign them. Talkingpets is the site that's got all the pets talking. You select your pet. You type the text you want your pet to say. You save it and send it as an e-mail to anyone. You can even upload a photo of your own pet. We can send assignments to our students using this link. Students can wish Happy Birthday to each other. Here is my tip for you: If you want your pet to talk slower, just put comas between the words. Ning is a social networking site that we can collaborate with our students or colleagues. We can share videos, photos, slideshows. We can keep a blog and a forum on the site. I had mentioned about two easy podcasting tools; Chinswing and Vocaroo. Here is another one for you. Vozme is in a way different than others. You type your text, choose your voice (male or female) and you can save it as an audio on your computer or anywhere else. We can ask questions to our students, they can talk about themselves. It is both in English and Spanish. Writeboards are sharable text documents that let us save and edit changes on a document online. We can write solo or collaborate with our students. It can be a very efficient tool to write stories with our students collaboratively. I' sure we are all familiar with Wikipedia. Here is my suggestion for lower level of students. Simple wikipedia. Everything is in simpler English. Here is a very interesting technology. This must be Web 3.0. This technology can think and answer your questions. I'm really amazed at its answers and the questions it has asked to me. Just try it yourself and with your students. You will enjoy a lot. Here it is. Also, here are some other bots I've come across on web. Santabot, Alice, Zabaware. Mankind is the most extraordinary computer of all; or is it? You tell me. More you will find on my next blog entry. All the best, Özge (I highly recommend that each of us carefully preview any sites before sharing it with our students.) BBC and British Council are not responsible for the content of the external links.

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 Hi  Özge

 

You've picked out some  really nice tools here. Wix is a new one on me and I might give it a try as an alternative to Glogster. One of my favourite tools at the moment is 280Slides. It looks like an an online tool for creating presentations, but I have just discovered how easy it is to search and embed online media into it, so it has become my number one tool for creating video lessons, as I can embed videos from YouTUbe and create tasks around them and then embed the whle thing into my blog. I've written about it in detail here:

http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/2009/02/getting-video-tasks-online.html

 

I'm thinking now though that it might be possible to do a similar thing with either Glogster or Wix. Have you ever tried this??

 

Best

 

Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer
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Hi Nik,

I've never used 280 slides before, but it looks great and I'll give a try. You've written everything we need to know how to use it in detailed on your blog. Thank you, I don't have to think how to use it with my students because you've already written about it.By the way, I've learnt so many new things from your blogs. They are marvellous.

I have added links, pictures, videos, audios and text to my glogsters. I think we can't embed videos  but wix allows users to embed videos from youtube.

We can embed glogster to any page but I couldn't embed wix though there is HTML code for it. If you manage to do this, tell me how to do it.

Cheers,

Özge

Hi Ozge !

As I promised, a couple of days ago, I've come to tell you I have already browsed some of the technology tools you have suggested here at TE Website.

I found them very interesting, even fascinating, and I can imagine how enjoyable your classes must be! Children look lovely while trying to tell their stories. They also seemed to be confident enough, I think. Are there any particular points they find more difficult regarding Learning English (at their age level)?

As a matter of fact, Ozge, what you have referred to as "Web 3.0" ... is really exciting! I have tried something here through the links you have kindly shared with us. There are very creative tools that provide plenty of learning opportunities for both students and teachers, at this technological level!

Ozge, keep being a highly dedicated and go-ahead teacher! Today's children need teachers like you. Many thanks for sharing your advanced technological knowledge with Colleagues across the world!

Maria

* Are you planning to browse Cardiff Online Website for the 2009 IATEFL Conference?

Hi Maria,

I'm glad that you find the sites useful. Once, you dive into the pool of Web 2.0, you discover something different and fascinating everyday.

I think very young learners (age between 4-6) are the most rewarding age level. They try to communicate with a very limited language and they do great! The most difficult thing is their very short attention spans, I think. You have to change the activities you do every 5 to 10 minutes and you have to attract their attention with every activity you do.

Here is a video that you may be interested. It 's an introduction to Web 3.0. I like it.

Cheers,

Özge

(I'm not planning anything for the IATEFL Conference, I think, I'm late)

Hi Ozge,

How kind of you this video sharing! I confess I've been increasingly updating my technology tools thanks to you.

I've listened to that instructional video about the Semantic Web. This promises to have a huge potential indeed.It certainly helps us "in making our lives easier by helping computers to help us get what we want." I feel like wishing we all hope there might be more safety around every time.

We very much welcome these useful e-tools but we also mustn't forget we have to control ourselves in our daily e-tasks so as to achieve a balance between the physical and the electronic... 

Warm regards,

Maria   

* I think you are not late to register for the 2009 Cardiff  Online Conference. You can try at http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org.2009

 

Hi
Although I follow new tools, I have never tried wix, box and ning but I will give a try.
Thanks for your sharing.

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