Here are some other interesting and fun Web 2.0 tools that we can use in our classes.

Here are some other interesting and fun Web 2.0 tools that we can use in our classes.

Pageflakes is a website that let us create our social personalized homepage. You can easily customize your page and make it yours using flakes which are small and movable versions of all your favourite websites. Some flakes are facebook, youtube, twitter, blog, RSS etc. In our school, we have been using pageflakes to keep our assignments, listening homework, fun sites for students. Here it is.

Blabberize is a fun site. You upload any photo you want and you make it talk. Students can make their pets talk. They can make famous people talk and tell about their lives.

Protopage is similiar to pageflakes. You create your own personal page. You can read your blogs, news, keep bookmarks, to-do lists, sticky notes and many more. We have been using this as an online newspaper. Here is our newspaper; Pigeon Post.

Twitter is a popular website. You can read this blog entry about twittering. Also, here is a video about twitter: Twitter in Plain English. Plurk is similiar to twitter and it 's like keeping a journal.

Surveymonkey can help us to create online surveys for our students and collect the results easily. Polldaddy is another site to create surveys or polls.You can embed them to your website.

Teleprompter is an online teleprompter service. It is the scrolling screen. You copy and paste your text and it is ready. We can use it to make reading more fun. Students can read their dialogues when they do role-play. They can read the text from the teleprompter and answer the questions. We can make it speed up to have more fun.

Spreeder is an online speed reading utility to help to train us to read faster. It does this by flashing words at a rapid rate.

Yackpack allows us leave voice messages and talk in real time with our group on a private space on the Internet. We can give assignments for oral practice or feedback. We can discuss a topic as a class or with other educators. We can easily collaborate with other classes or schools. We can invite other people to join in. Watch this video about yackpack. 

An ecape the room game is the one where you are locked in a room and by clicking on everything, you find clues to use to escape from the room. There are so many escape the room games that you can find on the Internet. Here is a list of them.You can easily find the walkthroughs (answers). We can play this game as a class game or students can be assigned to play it at home. They can write the answers for their friends. They can give directions using imperatives.

Espgame is an online taboo game. You are connected to a user. You both see the same picture and you type your guesses. There are some taboo words that you can't use and you have to spell the words correctly. It is fun. You can play it as a group game.

Spellingcity is a nice site to practice spelling. You write your words and the computer test you, teach you or play a game with you. I like it.

I hope you find them useful.

All the best,

Özge

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Comments

Wow! That's another great collection of teaching tools. As a frustrated teacher ( I don't get into the classroom any more) I publish my own free blog for students where i try to help students to use these tools for autonomous developement. I'd be really interested to know what you think about these activities and if you think they actually work ( I don't get the opportunity to try them out myself).

There's about 80 of them listed here:

http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/2008/08/sitemap.html

It 's great to see more and more young teachers engaging with and getting their students engaging with these kinds of tools. Is it normal in Turkey for teachers to be exploiting web based tools with their students?

Do you get encouragement from your teaching institution to use the web with students or is it left upto the teacher to decide if they want to use it?

Best

Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer
Teacher Development: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/
News and Tips: http://quickshout.blogspot.com/
Student Activities: http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/

Hi Nik, 

Your list is just great. Most of them are new to me. I'll have a look at them all and turn back to you soon.

In Turkey, there are few teachers who are using technology to teach their students. I hope, this will change soon because there are also so many other motivated teachers who want to learn to use these tools . Unfortunately, many schools do not have the technical equipment in their schools. I'm one of the lucky teachers in Istanbul because we have all computers, LCD projectors and internet in our each class and we are encouraged to use web based tools with our students and we have a collaborative wiki for English teachers. Here it is: www.tvo.wikispaces.com

 

Dear Özge,

Thank you for all your useful tips and great work. I'm am enthusiastic about using technology in the classroom and I will surely use the links you have mentioned. I access Nik's blog on a regular basis and I have bookmarked many of the activities he suggests. The more, the better!

Best wiishes, 

Carla D'Elia - English Teacher

Hello Carla,

I'm happy that you like the tips. Nik's blog is wonderful. There so many new things for me to explore and with web 2.0, everything seems endless.

Cheers,

Özge

Hi Ozge, I'm fascinated with your interest in Web 2.0. I ve just checked all your posts, printed them and will have a look one by one asap :)  As you mentioned, there are really few people using tech. I've been teaching for a year but already have a blog for my kindergarten students to let them practise while having fun! I'm "very"  into web 2.0 as well so I ll keep up with your updates :) You're just great! Cheers, Giray

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