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GoConqr (formerly known as ExamTime) has recently been through a major site overhaul which has improved on the user interface, mobiles apps (iOS/Android), and polished new look. This is an excellent learning tool for education that lets users create, flashcards, mindmaps, quizzes, and more.
Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 "LIVE" shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning.
Creativity & Design Tools
Collection of web-based tools & apps for creating and designing within the curriculum (Curated by Annette Kratcoski):
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Modern Chalkboard is a wonderful new free site for finding SMART board resources. This is a great place to find interactive lessons on a wide variety of subjects such as: Math, Grammar, Science, and Social Studies. Also, this is a nice place to find other resources such as links and help files. For Kapulerís Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.
Eleven Men Who Changed the World by George Mulfinger and Julia Mulfinger Orozco) devotes a chapter to Brown. It may be read by clicking here.
Curated by consultant and educator Polly-Alida Farrington.
CHEMISTRY INTERACTIVE PERIOD TABLE OF ELEMENTS AND THEIR PROPERTIES
TED-Ed just created an ďinteractive periodic table with a video for every element.Ē Hereís how they describe it: "If youíve ever taken a chemistry class, you know that memorizing all of the elements and understanding their properties can be difficult! To help provide a study aid, TED-Ed collaborated with Brady Haran, best known for his YouTube channel Numberphile and his extensive video coverage of the periodic table, to create a clickable periodic table with videos on every element."
Classkick is an interesting new (private beta) iPad app that allows educators to gather, assess, and provide instant real-time feedback w/ students. The way this works is through an innovative whiteboard where the teacher can see what each student is working on all their very own iPad. This is perfect for differentiating instruction and actually viewing how students are doing their work as it happens. Also, this is a great teaching tool that is easy to integrate into any curriculum and can be used by students of all ages.
Chronicle is an amazing iPad app that helps educators harness and organize their best teaching methodologies. This is done by "chronicling" a students' data and using it in a beneficial and meaningful way. Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers are using for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more. Chronicle's features:
1. Ideal for Reading and Writing Workshop conferring notes, but great for any subject
2. The ability to capture multiple pics, videos, and audio recordings within a note enables teachers to easily provide rich feedback, document student growth, share student
achievements, and intervene for student needs.
3. The integrated grade book and traffic light system equip teachers with a means of formatively tracking unit goals, grades, report card descriptors, and more!
4. Many customizable features, including the option of associating any Common Core Standards with a class, if desired.
CODING LEARNING PROGRAMS:
A collection of "maker" apps to help students construct their learning, 21st-century style. Curated by technology coach Elizabeth Espinoza.
A collection of useful apps for encouraging and developing creativity. Curated by educator Linda Nitsche.
PixiClip is a neat drawing tool that lets you make a drawing and record either audio-only or a video to go along with it. It also lets you upload an image from the web and "mark it up." The audio-plus-drawing capability could really come in handy for English Language Learners.
Pinwords allows you to create attractive illustrated quotes and lets you grab images off the web to use.
Quozio is a similar site. And you can find others at my recent post, The Best Tools for Creating Visually Attractive Quotations for Online Sharing.
Phrase.it lets you easily add speech bubbles with your text to photos. You can upload your own, or choose a random image from the site. You're then given a link to your creation. Google has a tool called "Story Builder." Without having to register, you can create a "dialogue" of sorts, add music, and end up with a link to a video-like presentation that you can share.
Google's Peanut Gallery lets you create subtitles for a variety of old silent movies. The special twist, though, is that you create the subtitles by speaking into a computer microphone and they will then magically appear. You have to speak very clearly though, so it may, or may not, work well for English Language Learners. One negative, however, is that it only works in the Chrome Browser.
Croak.it lets you easily record a thirty second message with a computer microphone. You then get a unique URL address that you can share. No registration is necessary.
Fakebook is a tool over at the excellent ClassTools site (Russel Tarr is the creative genius behind the site). Teachers and students can use it to: chart the career of a historical character; create a timeline of important events; outline the main plot of a book, play or film and so on!
QikPad lets you write collaboratively with anyone you want, and you can then link to, or embed, whatever you come up with.
Our Mother Tongues is a very impressive site that's designed to support and preserve Native American languages. It's very engaging, and includes a 'language map,' videos and more. One of its very neat features is that it allows you choose a virtual audio postcard with a Native American greeting that you can send to someone. You can also write a personalized message on it. You're given a unique URL address, and it can be posted on a student/teacher website or blog.
With News Jack, all you have to do is paste the URL address of any website and you're immediately given the tools to easily transform its homepage into looking however you want it to look. Without having to register, you can make the New York Times highlight photos and articles of your great basketball-playing ability; have CNN focus on covering what was happening in 1776, or The Huffington Post reporting on the first Thanksgiving dinner. You can easily grab images off the web or your computer to insert, as well as text. You can then click 'publish' and you're given the URL address to your creation so it can be shared with the world.
Try out Google Docs new demo that lets you write collaboratively with your favorite dead famous writers. Then you get to save and share your creation.
As Next Web explains: A 'famous writer' will start typing and then it's your turn. Once you've typed in the next line, the writer takes over.
Tildee lets you very easily create a simple step-by-step tutorial for just about anything. You can add text, maps, videos and photos.
With Picture Book Maker, you can easily create a picture book (including text). It can be saved online or printed out. It's super-easy to use, plus no registration is required. The URL of your creation can be posted on a student/teacher blog or website.
Bounce lets you virtually annotate webpages. Just type in the URL address, make notes on it (perhaps students can demonstrate their use of reading strategies like making a connection or asking questions) and then post the link on a student/teacher blog or website.
Five Card Flickr Story lets you pick five photos from a group of pre-selected images from Flickr and then write a story about them. It saves your selection and story, and provides you with a link to it. No registration is required.
Phreetings lets you search for an image (it appears to use Flickr, but I can't be sure), drag and drop it on a virtual card, and then write something below it (it looks like you can write a lot there). You're then given the URL to copy and paste. During our study of natural disasters, for example, I can see my students finding an image labeled 'Katrina' and writing a short report on what they've learned so far about the hurricane.
You can use the Propaganda Film Maker to combine images and audio to try convincing the public to support World War II.
Many ESL Teachers are familiar with Bombay TV, Futebol TV and Classik TV, which let you create subtitles for various clips (you can guess what kind of clips by each of their names).
Szoter doesn't require registration, you can upload or grab images off the web (just insert its URL address), and the final product looks just like an image would look like using the Picture Word Inductive Model (learn more about the PWIM at The Best Online Tools for Using Photos in Lessons).
Testmoz is an app that lets you create an online, self-correcting quiz without having to register.
Jeopardy Labs lets you easily create an online Jeopardy game without having to register. Maybe I'm the only teacher who feels this way, but I've always found that playing Jeopardy the way they do on TV — giving players the answer and then they have to come-up with the question to be overly confusing for students in the classroom. When I've played it in class, I've just given the questions and had students have to say the answers. Given my feelings about this, even though it's super simple to use this tool to create the game, I tell my students to ignore the site’s instructions and just write the questions first and the answers second so that the board displays the question.
Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) lets you make a virtual wall of 'sticky notes' where you can include images, text, and/or videos. Inductive learning is a key part of our teaching at Burbank, and we use what are called 'data sets' as a major component of those lessons. After students categorize the info in these data sets, they can summarize them and use them to create Padlets, as our students did in our Nelson Mandela unit. You can see many examples of their creations in our class blog.
Use Dvolver Moviemaker to create short animations with text bubble dialogue. You can see many examples of these films on my Examples of Student Work page. Create a cartoon at MakeBeliefsComix and the Toronto Public Library Tell-A-Story Builder.
Zee Maps lets you create maps, mark places, and add media. Scribble Maps is a neat application that lets you create maps - with markers and images that can be grabbed off the Internet - and you can draw on it, too. Plus, no registration is required. You can see all 1,200 'The Best' lists here.
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A collection of digital tools to create using images, audio and video. Curated by Sue Beckingham. Digital tools to create using images, audio and video
E-Book Reader and Publisher Program (Free Download!)
Rolling out a 1:1 student-to-device program? This service keeps track of all the devices you have deployed throughout your district.
ClassFlow is a new site that reminds me a lot of Go Class. Basically, ClassFlow is a cloud based learning platform that teachers can use to create digital lessons that can then be viewed on any browser based device (i.e. laptop/ tablet). These lessons can contain all sorts of media such as: images, videos, and more, and allows educators to assess student's learning in real-time. [Written by dkapuler on Jan 24, 2014].
Need to communicate with students, teachers, or parents privately and quickly? Check out this 2-way messaging service.
CREATION BY INTELLIGENT DESIGN VIDEOS:
Need to create your own education quizzes, revision tests & teacher feedback forms with ease? 123ContactForm is your tool!
Create videos with multiple angles using this iOS app and several simultaneous devices recording the same event.
Control all of your students' iOS devices from your device, including shared presentations, real-time assessments, etc.
A mobile web clicker that lets students signal their confidence level of a topic from "I don't understand" to "Easy, I could teach my friend!"
Send text messages to students and parents for reminders, notices, and other info. Safe, private, and best of all, free.
Record a physical performance, such as a dance, swim, or golf swing. Then replay it in slow motion for careful analysis.
Curated by Trapper Hallam, a Mathematics and Science teacher at Eisenhower High School.
Curated by Deborah Akers to help students in use ICT to communicate and share ideas.
ColAR is an extraordinary free app that TechCrunch just wrote about (see ColAR Uses Augmented Reality To Bring Your Kid's Drawing To Life). It's free, and lets you print out coloring pages from their site, color them in, look at them through the tablet app, and they come alive. I'm certainly adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users.
Cloudart is a great iPad app for creating word clouds from Edshelf. This is a very easy to use app where a user can either add the text they want in their clouds or transform text from a webpage into a cloud. Also, a user can edit their cloud once it is created to emphasize certain words. [Written by dkapuler on Sep 11, 2013].
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that allows users to exchange creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon the work you've created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. If you want to find a free course material from world's top universities, creative commons is the best option for you. It allows you to search your content using a specific website of your choice (from numerous sites like Flickr, YouTube, Google Images, etc.).
Here is a 60 minute presentation of convincing evidence from many fields of science to show that Darwinian evolution cannot be true, but that creation fits the evidence. It also introduces the Creator. There is also a 16 minute abridged version of this presentation. (search "question origins")
Ross Dawson's Opening Keynote Address at Crowdsourcing Week
The series’ aim is to use dramatic skits to teach 300 most commonly spoken Chinese phrases to teenagers. CCTV launches new learning Chinese series. The on-line broadcasting of "Growing Up with Chinese" with new lessons now.
Astronomer and physicist Hugh Ross gives his testimony of his scientific journey from atheist to Christianity. This video is part of the Ex-Atheist Testimonies.
ComicsEnglish provides and explains English comic strips for EFL/ESL learners and teachers. Keep having fun reading comics while learning English.
Many of them are related to health care and business, which makes them great for adult students.
Includes reproducible book of 50 comic strips for beginners, not free though.
This is a great site for creating customized seating charts by using one of their many templates. What I really like is the ability to use an icon or student photo for the chart as well as assign key data such as: Reading/Spelling data. Another nice feature which reminds me of the wonderful site Class Dojo, is that a teacher can also manage and track student behavior using CC. A educator can assign behavior points by clicking on an icon and then generate detailed reports. [Written by dkapuler on Apr 03, 2013].
Class Dojo is a site that acts as a content management system for classroom management. This is a wonderful site for tracking, acknowledging behavior, and engaging students. This brings old school verbal feedback to students into the age of "web 2.0".
World of Classcraft is an ambitious Kickstarter project by Shawn Young. A Kickstarter is a way for companies to find funding from donations of others in a limited amount of time. I really like these as it helps get some excellent startup companies noticed. World of Classcraft is an innovative idea of bringing the mega-popular online role-playing game into the classroom. The way this work is students would pick a character from one of three classes: mage, warrior, healer. The students then progress through real-life situations and helping out others/collaborating to gain experience points. From this they can gain rewards, level up, etc. Bad behavior or doing bad on homework or tests can result in loss of experience/health points, and the player can even die (ie, Saturday detention). [Written by dkapuler on Apr 24, 2013]
CONTENT CREATOR PROGRAMS:
CodeSpells is a very innovative app/game from the amazing educator, Kelly Tenkely. This is a free downloadable game for Mac (Windows coming soon) that is being piloted in schools right now for teaching programming (Java). The way this works is that players are immersed in a 3D first person player fantasy world. In order to survive they must cast spells in order to fight and defend themselves from obstacles. The spells that they cast are all done in Java and helps students learn through, trial and error and game play.
Here is a fascinating report of an the results from an international survey. The info is fascinating, and the charts make the results very accessible to students and teachers alike. The Atlantic allows the charts to be embedded in blogs and websites, which I've done below. But it's worth reading their post for commentary.
The Code of Best Practices helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Also available at the Temple University Media Education Lab (this Web site also has case study videos and lesson plans)
The Center for Media Literacy provides leadership, public education, professional development, and educational resources nationally to promote and support media literacy education.
The Center for Advanced Technology in Education, which houses the Oregon Writing Project, is a research and outreach center at the College of Education at the University of Oregon, dedicated to investigating and promoting the use of advanced technology in education.
The Center for Digital Storytelling is an international nonprofit training, project development, and research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives.
Supports interdisciplinary teams at the Colorado State University in conducting research that explores the impact of communication technologies on instructional and professional settings.
The Center for Social Media of the American University School of Communication investigates, showcases, and sets standards for socially engaged media making.
The Children's Internet Protection Act is a United States federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers.
Classroom20.com is a social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education.
Common Sense Media is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization focused on providing families and educators with high-quality information about youth media as well as reviews of popular games, Web sites, and media products.
A Common Sense Media curriculum designed to empower responsible and engaged digital citizens; designed for students, grades six to eight, and their families.
The Consortium for School Networking is a professional association for K-12 school district technology leaders to use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning.
CITE Journal is a peer-reviewed online journal published by the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE).
A nonprofit Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.
There are no fees or subscription requirements for 2,500 pages of content.
FOOTBALL BCS/Championship & College Bowl Games start Dec. 15th
WINTER WEATHER and Winter Solstice: Dec. 21st
Antarctica (154), Iditarod Race (169), Hockey (246), Skiing (326), Snowflakes (57), Winter Sports (309).
Audio Cartoon Version of The Tale of Three Trees Christmas and Easter Story
Words and music by Tom Grassi, Based upon the folk tale, "The Tale of Three Trees" - author unknown. Illustrations by Tim Jonke (Uploaded by dudewithacamera on Jul 9, 2008)
Use for Quick Review of The Tale of Three Trees Christmas and Easter Story (GREAT for language learners!)
(But no words, so your students can read and perform it themselves!)
C-Fit is a series of iOS (iPad/iPhone) video apps that I just found out about through a promotional email. These apps are designed to showcase videos that can be used in the classroom to promote fitness. In having a background in Phys Ed & Health, I was very excited to check out this site. C-Fit offers apps at a very low price ($.99) for promoting: dance, yoga, and cross training that can be done in the classroom or living room. These apps were designed by educators and help promote a healthy lifestyle. Also, this is a nice app to have during in-door recess, a break during testing, or other "down" times.
Chegg is an excellent site for students looking to buy or rent text books. Also, students can find ebooks as well as sell their books. Another great feature of Chegg is their educational portal which helps students w/ their homework. This is done by either typing a question or by browsing through Chegg books w/ step by step instructions/solutions. Try Chegg if you're looking to buy/sell textbooks (ebooks), homework help or math answers.
ClassBadges is a cool new site that I found out about from the wonderful Ed Tech review site, EdShelf. This is innovative site that is a lot of fun to use. It allows teachers to assign class badges to students so they can visualize how they are doing. This is not only great for encouraging performance but is a nice way to add gamification to your classroom. For other Web 2.0 sites in Education check out Kapuler's Pinterest board here.
Coursera is an educational technology company founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University. Coursera partners with various universities and makes a few of their courses available online free for a large audience. As of August 16, 2012 more than 1,080,000 students from 196 countries have enrolled in at least one course. [Wiki Definition].
If you are using a decent-size monitor, this Mindmeister concept-map includes weekly updated links to tons of collaboration tools!
As the iPad shows up in the classroom more and more, it is nice to be able to use some real-time collaboration apps to enhance instruction. The most popular of these include the whiteboard apps, most of which work when connected to the same wireless network.
Using CALL and Computerized Dictionaries to Maximize Vocabulary and Language Learning: This Online Slideshare Presentation by JP Loucky provides a systematic roadmap to successful online second language vocabulary acquisition [highly beneficial if you are a non native speaker of English - looking to learn English]. Covers aspects like how to learn new words in any language more effectively, and how to more effectively use the Internet to help enhance online L2 vocabulary and reading development.
Cookie is a wonderful site that I'm just becoming aware about that is excellent for educational games and more. This is a site dedicated to younger learners (Prek-1st grade) that focuses on a wide variety of skills: Math, Science, Phonics, Reading, etc. Also, this site has lots of other activities/learning tools as well such as videos, worksheets, stories, and more. For Kapuler's top 10 sites for educational games click here.
Learn Click is an interesting site for teachers where they can create "cloze" tests/quizzes. A cloze is a gap filled sentence where students try to type in the missing word. This could be a fun exercise for teaching comprehension and vocabulary. For a much more detailed review check out Larry Ferlazzo's blog.
Chegg not only sells cheap textbooks but we also rent them too, which saves students a significant amount of money each year. We even launched a new e-Reader to promote an interactive eBook experience for students, while at the same time lessening our dependence on paper books. With a brand new e-Reader app and an extensive eBook catalogue, Chegg has become a significant contributor to the eBook revolution.
For more children's study links click here and visit our Y-page for young learners.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS AND EASTER STORIES
The Tale of Three Trees Christmas and Easter Story Educational Resources Sites:
The Tale of Three Trees, The Miracle, and other inspiring stories.
White Text on dark background that works well with www.WordChamp.com WebReader glossing to help language learners learn and save new words quickly.
Class Christmas Stories to choose from (Links to 17 nice Christmas Stories to share).
C.A.L.L. Web Tools: a great collection of Web 2.0 tools arranged in categories such as presentation tools, collaborative tools, research tools, video tools, writing tools, creativity tools, and many more!
ClubEFL has fantastic resources for EFL/ESL students and teachers.
BEST CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS STORIES ANYWHERE!
About 20 great Christmas Stories--one for each child in your family or class to read and share, or act out with a friend.
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What if Christmas trees could talk? What would they say? Find out by reading 'The Tale of Three Trees,' a spiritual Christmas tree story.
Read about the history of the Christmas tree. These Christmas Tree stories provide insight into the origin and background of the Christmas tree.
The Tale of Three Trees, a spiritual Christmas tree story.
Could be used to encourage language learners to describe story action in pictures.
(with music but no story text)
CHRISTMAS CRAFTS: Three Trees Templates
CHRISTMAS SONG LYRICS
Christmas Songs and Stories
CHILDREN'S APPS for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers (See more on Y Page at: http://www.call4all.us/home/_all.php?fi=y/)
A collection of family-friendly kid-safe educational apps from the weekly App Friday Launch Center
Curated by children's media specialist Julie Brannon.
Curated by preschool teacher Anna-Karin Robertsson.
A simple iOS app of family-friendly videos. Can also create collections of your favorite videos.
We bring hands-on lessons to your fingertips, complete with inspiring videos and engaging printables. Try a free lesson on us, use code: FREE.
A simple website of family-friendly videos. Also available as an iOS app.
Subscribe to get a box of crafts, projects, and materials once a month for your little learners.
KitHub - Subscribe and get a box of do-it-yourself electronics projects for your young engineers.
Yep, here's another card that promises to consolidate all your credit cards into one. But unlike the others, the Stratos Card appears to be worth a longer look
CHILDREN'S CALL MATERIALS
with Country Flags and Translations in over 170 Languages!
CHILDREN'S SEARCH ENGINES (EASY SEARCH ENGINES FOR CHILDREN AND LIMITED ENGLISH USERS)
Simple Search Engines: ones that guide people to Ďshelteredí sites are a good way to encourage children or students with limited proficiency in English to use Internet without getting lost or frustrated. As Helgesen writes: ďBy giving our students these URLs, we can make them more independent. They can start to seek out English language sites that they can read and understand on their own. Although the search engines are actually designed for native-speaking children, the sites they find are often suitable for adult and young adult language students. This is especially true for nonfiction topics, since they are often presented in ways that are not particularly childlike. Not only is the information found by these search engines usually presented at a vocabulary level learners can handle, the ideas are often presented more simply and slowly than on sites designed for adult native speakers.Ē (Helgesen in Bamford and Dayís Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pages 40-41).
The kidsí section of AskJeeves search engine. Although it does not show lists of previously identified Websites, AJKids has three major advantages over other engines. First, the learners can ask ordinary questions rather than just typing in target words. Second, the search engine will forgive spelling or typing mistakes. As long as you type something reasonably close, it will usually understand what you mean. Finally, it gives you a maximum of ten possibilities (along with up to ten from other sites). So you or your students wonít end up with an overwhelming list of hundreds of hits (suggested Websites).
At KidsClick! Websites selected by librarians are identified by reading level. At the end of each Website description, a reading level range is given. Your students will soon find which levels they can read easily.
The section of Yahoo.com for kids. Information about cultures and countries is very interesting, useful, and understandable. Topics are broad-ranging. Try the category Around the World to can find things you are learning about in other classes.
Go to the category Cool Spots. Then search for your key words or explore some of the sites theyíve already identified. This search engine lets you choose between ďFind all of my wordsĒ and ďFind ANY of my wordsĒ as you search. This helps students start thinking about how to search effectively.
CHILDREN'S TOP ENGLISH SITES
More of the worldís best English language learning links (top ten adapted from ESL All)
Encyclopedia for Kids
Teaching Children ESL - Young Learners' ESL: K-12 and elementary school education articles and resources for ESL learning and teaching including: games, lesson plans, songs, fun activities and teaching techniques, as well as other sites of interest to K through 12 ESL educators.
IATEFL Young Learners SIG: English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) directory of resources for young learners. One of the best lists of links of ESL/EFL resources for children on the Internet. For very young learners (<7 years old), primary school children (7-12), and secondary school students (13-17).
ESL Kids: Part of the most comprehensive and best-maintained list of children links for students and teachers of English as a second language.
StoryPlace.org: See and listen to multimedia stories for children in English. Provides children with a virtual library and activities including stories, riddles, craft activities, and reading lists for pre-school and elementary aged kids.
Speech to Text for any message you want to paste in. Online English listening for Chinese or Asian children, as Menu is in Chinese.
Kindersite Games, Songs, and Stories: Over a 1,000 of links to the best games, songs and stories for the introduction to English. Used by 11,540 schools in 136 countries. Recommended by teachers worldwide as the best way to introduce technology and English to children.
Yahooligans: The child friendly version of the famous Yahoo! portal and search engine. It is a browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites for kids (aged from 7 to 14) that features safe surfing games, jokes, news, homework help, sports, reference, and more kid friendly activities and resources. Each site has been carefully reviewed to ensure appropriate and high-quality content.
Learn English Kids: Free website from the British Council that offers help to ESL learners from elementary to advanced levels. Helps parents and teachers of children learning English find information about young learner courses and tips on how you can help your child learn English. The Kids Zone features games, quizzes, print activities, songs, stories, e-cards and other resources on a wide range of topics.
Time for Kids: The child online version of the weekly classroom Time for Kids magazine. It includes the latest news from around the world about world and national events, scientific discoveries, sports, entertainment, kids in the news and much more. Also features articles, games, a reference toolbox, opportunities for student information creation and interaction, and parent and teacher sections.
Web Search for Kids by Librarians: A search engine for children that was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System to address concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites. Kidsclick! only searches sites for children pre-selected by librarians. It gives the grade level and indicates whether or not images are available. Can be browsed by categories or searched by keywords. In the advanced search, you can also search by reading level.
PBS Kids Online: Childrenís section of the PBS News Service. Official site for the cartoons and live action shows hosted by PBS. Features games, stories, coloring, music and show information. Thousands of pages of learning and fun to explore!
Interactive readers help beginning Englisn readers by giving them online audio support.
An online playground for kids of all ages!
Illustrated children's stories for kids of all ages arranged by fare for Young Children, Older Children and Young Adults.
Children`s Story and Picture Books; World Folktales Translated by Digital EHON Site
CHILDREN'S STUDY LINKS
CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Free and in the Public Domain.
organized by first sound of each word.
that is searchable online. Also available for English to Dutch, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish in both directions and from English to Japanese Romaji.
Features children's songs from over 75 countries in their original languages, with English translations. Some songs include sheet music and musical recordings. New contributions of songs and recordings are always welcome!
Teach and learn English through specially written grammatical songs. For ESL, EFL and English learners of any ages. Teach and Learn English grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary in a fun environment.
E-Learning for Kids is a great place for children to learn, where students can find courses on many subjects. This site is geared towards kids ages 5-12 and the courses are broken down by subject and grade. These online courses are easy and fun for the kids to do and cover everything from math to computer skills.
Creately is a nice site for making an online diagram or chart. Any user of Inspiration will feel right at home w/ this site as users have the ability to add objects, shapes, etc. Best of all, this being on the web, a user can share their diagrams w/ others to collaborate on a project.
Big Marker is a free web conferencing community ideal for educators and students. This is a great place to create a private room to collaborate by: chatting, sharing documents, etc. There are three categories of attendees: participant, presenter, and moderator. Holding a web conference is very easy to do and is a great way to facilitate online learning.
This professional development tutorial is brought to you by the California School Library Association (CSLA).
English Language Learning and Teaching. ESL, EFL, TEFL, TESOL, and students.
EFL Classroom 2.0 Directory and website links for EFL and ESL Teachers.
Show more results from eflclassroom.com
A place for members of www.Classroom20.com to share links, Classroom 2.0 is social networking site devoted to those interested in the practical application of IT or C.A.L.L. to improving language teaching and learning.a2
LANGUAGE EXCHANGE CHAT-ROOMS:
Here's how it works: First you sign up for the site with your name and email address, and you indicate what language you speak natively and what language you are learning (right now it only caters to English and Spanish speakers, but the founders say they will offer other languages in the future). Then you are connected with a native speaker of the opposite language. You speak in each language for five minutes, with a timer on the side of the screen telling you when to switch. There are also conversation prompts in case you get stuck. Connecting with strangers on the Internet involves some level of risk, especially if kids are involved, but if properly monitored this could be a valuable tool for those looking to sharpen their language skills.
Livemocha, another language learning website, offers a similar live feature on its site that connects users of different languages who review each other's audio recordings and offer suggestions for improvement.
Verbling.com - Live Video-Chat with other foreign language learners and teachers!
COLLABORATIVE LEARNING COMMUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS:
We will be focusing our community networking efforts on established and dedicated sites geared towards educators. These free, established social networking projects can serve teachers well:
An extensive list of Ning and other social networks for educators is listed at http://www.educationalnetworking.com.
Comindware is a new company/site that is designed for collaboration and project/task management. This is done either through a web interface via a "cloud solution" or as a local install. They offer solutions such as project and process tracking, task management, issue tracking, help desk, etc.
(Written by dkapuler on Oct 06, 2011 07:07 pm)
Charlotte's Web Comic Creator is a fantastic site I just found out about from the excellent blog, The Book Chook. This is a great site to create your own comic from one of the best children stories of all time. As w/ most comic creator sites a user has the ability to choose a layout, add characters, items, text, etc. Also, a user can create a comic w/ stills from the actual book. For my top 10 digital comic creators click here.
CalcMoolater is a great site for finding calculators for all types of occasions (ie, student loans, mortgage, etc etc) The way this works is selecting the category for the type of calculator you need and the entering the data it asks for.
Draw it Live is a site for creating a collaborative drawing by naming your interactive whiteboard for drawing and then sharing a unique URL.
CHINESE LANGUAGE LEARNING PROGRAMS
Presents a series of zipu or "character genealogies" which show graphically the close interconnections between over 4000 characters according to the Shuowen Jiezi and subsequent research by traditional etymologists. Aided by computerized cross-referencing, these charts allow the dictionary to be organized around Xu Shen's true radicals, avoiding the expediency of arbitrarily dividing the dictionary by bushou. This new zipu system effectively generalizes the bushou system by allowing any character to be found if the viewer knows any part of the character or knows any character which shares the same component. Students can quickly locate characters while also better remembering the relations between characters. It is hoped that other dictionary compilers will also recognize the potential that computerization now offers to fully realize Xu Shen's original project. Since the zipu are based on traditional etymologies, which themselves are based primarily on the "seal" characters from about 2,200 years ago. A new Chinese character every few minutes! Click on the image to go to the main page of a site where more information on the character is given.
Search for anything with a Creative Commons license across sites like Flickr, Google, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.
NatCorp.ox has a Simple National Corpus of the BNC or British National Corpus.
Have a lesson where your students are pretending they are detectives at a crime scene? This floor plan app will help them sketch out a room.
A free website for everyone who is passionate about teaching and learning Chinese language and culture. Find teacher-made lesson plans, member-reviewed classroom tools, and exciting job opportunities.
Self-Paced Online Mandarin Lessons for Free Resources for the advancement of your educational goals.
Live Ink.com or ClipRead.com enables Phrased Reading of any inputted text!
For MAC it is: http://www.clipread.com/ClipRead/mac/current/ClipRead.zip
CALL to Collaborate with CALL4ALL.us!
A collection of useful apps for creating comics. Curated by Ron Mitchell.
Chogger lets you easily create a comic, with no registration required. What's particularly nice about it is that you have a choice of drawing it or searching the Web for images you can insert. More at The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online.
The Best Ways For English Language Learners To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly
The Best Ways For Advanced ELL's & Non-ELL's To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly (For Their Classmates & Teacher To See)
Dave Kapuler's great Personal Learning Network
See Wikipedia's definition of Computer Assisted Language Learning and its History.
Compare a wide variety of great Model CALL Lessons from Teresa Almeida.
This is an exceptional place to learn how to use Web 2.0 tools. Connect, Collaborate, Create was created by Pip Cleaves, and has step-by-step instructions on how to use some of the best Web 2.0 tools out there for educational use. You really need to visit it. If at some point you are prompted to log-in, all you have to do is click "Login as Guest." See The Best Places To Learn Web 2.0 Basics for even more.
Collaborize Classroom is a site that garnered quite a bit of press at ISTE this year. After looking at CC it looks to be an excellent tool for educators for creating a safe environment for students to hold discussions, blend learning, and even share resources. In a way it resembles Moodle as a content management system for education. For top 20 social networks for education click here. [Written by dkapuler on Aug 26, 2011 05:01 pm]
Video titled Cultural Differences by National Geographic, showing how "real" cultural differences can be. It could be a wonderful introduction for someone who has never experienced another country, culture and people.
Concept Board from Free Technology 4 Teachers is an excellent site for creating an online whiteboard, where users can collaborate w/ others and brainstorm ideas on any number of things. Users can upload images, documents, etc and then draw/interact w/ it as they would on any other whiteboard. Some other nice features is the ability to take a screen shot, attach files, comment, and even work right from an iPad. [Written by dkapuler on Aug 24, 2011 12:01 am]
Concept Board is very easy to use screensharing tool. After registration, you can create up to twenty-five Concept Boards for free. You click on "new Concept Board" and you have one — you can upload presentations, make comments, draw on it, etc. All you have to do is share its url address to others so they can gain access to it, too. More good apps at The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.
CREATION BY INTELLIGENT DESIGN RESOURCES (English and Chinese)
MindMap by Robin Good
Collaborative Online Mind-Mapping: This Collaborative Map is a live editable map of over 150 of the best free and low-cost online collaboration tools available. This collaboration tools map has the objective of bringing together the most useful, free or low-cost technologies available today online. Originally the types of tools included by the participants in this experiment, ranged from real-time instant messaging and video conferencing tools to the main social bookmarking resources and microblogging tools as several participants felt that these too were relevant collaboration technologies. To limit its breadth and provide more specific usefulness to those who are looking for real-time collaboration solutions, it was later decided to sacrifice microblogging and social bookmarking tools, which are collected in a separate social media and collaborative publishing group. The official focus is therefore on real-time or near real-time collaborative technologies in the groups that have been already defined.
Key Mind-Map online collaboration categories covered in the map include 150 technologies: VoIP - Instant Messaging Tools ; Video Conferencing ; Screen-Sharing, Remote-Control; Web Conferencing; Co-browsing; Web Presenting; Workgrouping; File Sharing; Document Sharing and Wikis; Collaborative Document Reviewing; Collaborative Event Scheduling; Mind-Mapping; and Project Management.
ďAlways Monitoring, Always Protecting, Always TeachingĒ
Classroom20.com is a social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education.
This collection of simple clozes (fill-in-the-gap) about nonfiction topics canít be completed online at their site, but they can be printed-out or students can copy and paste them onto their blogs.
Free Video Chat Language Learning Partners! Provides Conversation Practice Partners for many languages (Free Log-in Account required). ConversationNetwork.com video chat room included.
ESL / EFL Current Events Lesson Plans: November 2004 - February 2009
See 1,000+ earlier current events lessons (listed by month). All free!
CALL AND COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION CURRICULUM EXCHANGE
View & Collaborate here!
Learner Support and Resources, Online Organization and Design, Instructional Design and Delivery, Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning, Appropriate and Effective Use of Technology and Faculty Use of Student Feedback.
CHILDRENíS ENGLISH LEARNING SITES
The world's most comprehensive English language course online for kids all ages.
ē A city inhabited by flamingos, who only speak English.
ē An interactive dictionary with words and images available in 32 languages.
ē 10 missions waiting to be solved and completed.
ē Several hundred different exercises in spelling, speaking, listening and reading.
(How to Use LexTutor)
CLOZE TESTING TOOLS
CLOZE BUILDER routines create cloze passages of different types and some allow links to learning resources (dictionary, audio file, video file) on user specification. One can create such Cloze Quizzes in English or French, either by a Nth-word and Rational Deletion Cloze, orVocabProfile Clozes, which are Frequency-Based (from LexTutor).
This program will make a cloze passage for words in a particular Frequency Band.
VP Cloze (v.2) Use with VP-Classic *NEW>> - VP Negative! (Cloze words post 1k, 1+2k, or 1+2+AWL)
COMPARE TWO TEXTS
Subtract one text or list from another; find the degree of word repetition between two texts, or over a set of texts (news articles, book chapters, etc). Text Lex Compare. See Comparison demos
CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND CONCORDANCES
COCA is a 450 million word corpus of American English, 1990-2012. Compare to the BNC and ANC. Large, balanced, up-to-date, and freely-available online, at the above or at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/.
The 1.6 million word British Academic Spoken English (BASE) corpus contains recordings and transcriptions of 199 academic speech events. Like the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) the corpus spans four broad subject areas - Arts, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences - but unlike MICASE it features only two types of recorded speech event: lectures (160 recordings) and seminars (39 recordings). The lectures in BASE are primarily monologic with very little student talk. The term 'seminar' covers any small group activity characterised by student rather than lecturer talk (in the seminar component there are small group discussions, student presentations and even a few field-work activities). The BASE corpus can be searched online using the open version of the Sketch Engine. Researchers can also download the entire corpus from the Oxford Text Archive. Information about access, research findings, publications etc. are listed on the website.
The 6.5 million word British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus contains 2,761 proficient student assignments, produced and assessed as part of university degree coursework, and fairly evenly distributed across 35 university disciplines and four levels of study (first year undergraduate to Masters level). Texts have been categorised into 13 broad genre families, including "essays", "critiques", "case studies",
"explanations", "methodology recounts", "problem questions" and "proposals". Information about the genre family, discipline, level and grade of each assignment is provided for each file, alongside contributor information which did not influence collection policy, such as gender, year of birth, native speaker status, and years of UK secondary education. The BAWE corpus can be searched online using the open version of the Sketch Engine. Researchers can also download the entire corpus from the Oxford Text Archive. Information about access, research findings, publications are listed on the website.
Online Vocabulary Expansion
(MOVE) Language Learning System
Corpus Analysis, Correcting Errors, Word Clusters approach to vocabulary learning.
Laurence Anthonyís AntConc is a free stand-alone concordancer for any platform. Corpus Analysis, Correcting Errors, Word Clusters approach to vocabulary learning.
CMap means Concept Mapping done online.
IHMC sponsors this site, which means Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Free downloads for all platforms available here. Use with students to help them learn how to map out relationships between conceptual area, semantic field, thematic topics and word relations and associations.
Joybrato Mukherjeeís collection includes gerneral corpus linguistics sites and links to other DDL-related materials and resources on the web, e.g. :
(Tom Cobb, Canada)
(Marie Noelle Lamy, Hans Jorgen Mortensen)
David Leeís Devoted.to/Corpora Bookmarks for Corpus-based Linguists. Most complete and up-to-date commented links on corpora matters.
Concordance software for Windows, GNU/Linux and MacOS X. Takes Corpora from various file formats, from text into MS Word and Open Office.
Xaira is the current name for a new version of SARA, the text searching software originally developed at OUCS for use with the British National Corpus. This new version has been entirely re-written as a general purpose XML search engine, which will operate on any corpus of well-formed XML documents. It is however best used with Text-Enterprise Initiative (TEI)-conformant documents. Xaira has full Unicode support, so you can use it to search and display text in any language, provided you have a suitable Unicode font installed on your system.
(v. 3.0 British National Corpus lists). Concordancer (20 levels). Categorizes words in any text according to their frequency level, using 20 BNC 1,000 family lists
Version 4 for Windows operating systems (98, ME, NT / 2000, XP). Free Download.
ConcApp provides concordance searches, and includes full editing support and testing activities, and also word frequency text analysis. ConcApp also has support for Unicode and can process not only English, French and probably most other European languages, but Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Russian texts in Unicode.
A concordance gives a list of several words, phrases, or distributed structures along with immediate contexts, from a corpus or other collection of texts assembled for language study. Those offered by LexTutor include 1) Corpus-based concordances in English or French Clean Sentences Conc (Eng); Multi_Concordance (English) 2) Text-based concordances: English or French (output is concordance-linked frequency index for entire text); 2) Story concordancers: in English or French (Every word in a full length story is click-linked to concordances from rest of the story + other works by author.); and 4) Related: Range (En/Fr) and Phrase Extractor (Eng or Fr) are other types of concordances.
OUTPUT MODES include: 1) Plain, 2) Gaps or 3) Quiz, with 8 Corpora to choose from.
Dictionary.com has a great searchable database and collection of dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, and reference works. Mostly monolingual, but multilingual definitions are also shown under searches at the bottom of the page.
Find Keywords in various corpora by Alphabetical Order, Frequency or Collocation.
How to use CleverKeys for Windows:
With CleverKeys for Windows you can look up words from almost any application, including Microsoft Word, Web browsers and e-mail programs. CleverKeys is easy to use with Mac, Windows or Firefox and easy to install. Highlights of this version include:
David Leeís Corpora, Collections, Data Archives.
Parallel & Multilingual Corpora.
Manuel Barbera's Web Resources Reference Guide.
A user-created page of most interesting current news clips. Join free and add your own to the collage! With your free account, you can: Pop your favorite clips to the top or Create your own page of clips; Collect and Comment on other people's clips; and Follow your favorite clippers and topics.
VIEW: Variation in English Words and phrases - Mark Daviesí Corpus Linguistics-based Frequency Dictionaries for English, Spanish and Portuguese.
This website allows you to quickly and easily search for a wide range of words and phrases of English in the 100 million word British National Corpus. One unique aspect of the corpus is the ability to find the frequency of words and phrases in any combination of registers that you define (spoken, academic, poetry, medical, etc). In addition, you can compare between registers -- for example, fiction versus academic writing. The interface also allows you to input information from WordNet (a semantically-organized lexicon of English) directly into the search form. This allows you to find the frequency and distribution of words with similar, more general, or more specific meanings. This interface to the BNC is fast, free, and easy to use, offering important features not found in any other interface to the BNC (or any other large corpus of English, for that matter).
COMPUTER-MEDIATED CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (CMCMSS)
A platform for online courses may also be called an LMS (Learning Management System) or LCMS (Learning Content Management System).
The most comprehensive list of Computer-Mediated Content Management Systems (Click here to research and compare various CMSs.)
for Kids is a CMS for Grades 1-6. Guest Login Needed.
This study first identified 35 open source learning content management systems, and then compared five of them:
A Review of Free Online Learning Management Systems (LMS), Saskia E. Kameron (South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, Washington USA). From TESL-EJ, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Sept, 2003).
Questions to ask yourself or your students when comparing Proprietary versus Free Open Source Systems (FOSS).
This is the best Wiki Tutorial available about: IMPROVING OPEN SOURCE LEARNING CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS.
This study compared three systems: ATutor, ILIAS, and Moodle.
This paper compared three systems: Bodington, Claroline, and Moodle.
Collaboration and Learning Environment for Education
Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites.
The most highly developed modified CMS specifically designed to help improve Vocabulary learning and teaching in over 70 languages.
CONFERENCING PROGRAMS RECOMMENDED
A professional online communicator for collaborative meetings, instruction, learning, and for friendly chats with family and friends. Click to try it here.
Many good programs for Tele-Conferencing and Web-Conferencing. Talking Communities is dedicated to providing software solutions for organizations requiring professional online collaboration at an affordable price.
Summer Reading: CALL 2008 Conference Handouts:
Obtained from four large technology conferences held during the 07-08 school year.
Take some time to read, watch, and/or listen to these valuable, teacher-created resources!
CALL AUTHORING PROGRAMS
Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning
Created by the Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University.
Online programs for recording, uploading, mixing, and interacting. Free!
= Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University.
This portal promotes the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States. It covers face to-face activities, as well as web-based ones.
This website is the outcome of a now completed TLTP project. Some links may not be maintained, but it still contains many valuable resources and links to bibliographies, articles and other related websites.
Seth Dickensí Thoughts and practical tips on ICT in language education
Europeís leading broad band network.
CALL PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS
The Asia-Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning, is an on-line association which acts as a clearinghouse for language professionals who are interested in investigating, sharing information, discussing, cooperating and collaborating with fellow professionals working with computer-assisted language learning (CALL). It acknowledges the opportunity for use of information and communication technologies in learning, teaching and research.
A refereed electronic journal hosted by APACALL
The iJET journal aims to focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing elements of technology enhanced learning.
A sub-page of The Internet TESL Journal's TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ ESL/EFL/ESOL Links, but focusing on Computer Assisted Language Learning.
(Open Journal Systems, Athabasca University, Canada)
Cofundos.org is a novel platform for spurring innovation and development of open-source software, which we think can have quite an impact on open-knowledge, open-source and web collaboration in general. Cofundos.org is about revealing bright ideas regarding the development of open-source software and attracting a critical mass for their realization. The main idea of Cofundos.org is to share innovative (Open-Source) ideas, to refine them and to mobilize funding for their realization. All content contributed to Cofundos is truly open, the licenses are Creative Commons and OSI approved open licenses. All (non-sensitive) content is available as Atom, JSON feeds or RDF export. Primary developing research group is AKSW (http://aksw.org) (supported by IAOE).
The Research Group Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) is hosted by the Department for Business-oriented Information Systems (BIS) of the Institute of Computer Science (IfI) / University of Leipzig.
Fred Rileyís General Languages Resource List - Hull University, UK.
(Vol. 8, No. 2, January 2007 Issue)
Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium
Claire Bradin Siskin's CALL links
EdVista.com is the Siskinís Clearinghouse of CALL Specialists and links.
Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) resources of Robert Shea
Language & Multimedia Research Centre - Antwerp, Belgium
LINGUAPOLIS, formerly Didascalia, is a Belgian language institute. It stands for more than 20 years of expertise in language teaching and is a unique and prominent Institute for Research, Development and Training with respect to language learning, teaching and testing. LINGUAPOLIS aims to combine, develop, apply and spread scientific and practical expertise in order to make language learning, teaching, testing, acquisition and communication more effective. LINGUAPOLIS organises and offers language courses and communication training in 21 languages.
Language Processing SIG, InSTIL (integrating speech technology in language learning)
Australian Technology Enhanced Language Learning
Confederation Europeenne des Centres de Language de l'Enseignement Superieur
Foreign Langauge Education and Technology
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers
International Association for Langauge Learning Technology
Over 40 major language teaching and translation organizations.
for Language Teachers and Learners - from Fred Riley, Hull University, UK.
or the Second Language Classroom; edited by Sandra Fotos, Senshu University & Charles Browne, Aoyama Gakuin University.
Go here to PanSIG Website to download the Proceedings in a PDF file.
A lot of press has been going around for Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and for good reason. This is release from Adobe and has lots of features for the mobile learner as well as ISTE standard compliance. As w/ any Adobe product the latest in flash technology can be found as well as leading web authoring tools (ie. html 5). For more information on CS 5.5 click here!
Creativity Games is a wonderful new site for educational games. These games are used to stimulate creativity in a number of different ways. There are games focused on memory, words, organization, etc.
Rhetoric and composition. Technology and media. Electronic resource on teaching approaches for rhetoric and composition. Author/Editor: Krause, Steve. Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Michigan University.
Language Education and Technology
The Japanese Association for Language Education and Technology
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
CETESOL is an online Special Interest Group Caucus of believers within the worldwide TESOL teaching community. You may find many helpful resources for integrating moral and spiritual education with English instruction here.
Computer Enhanced Language Instruction Archive
by Vance Stevens
at Sussex Language Institute
TESOL CALL Interest Sectionís Software List
ALT is a professional and scholarly association which seeks to bring together all those with an interest in the use of learning technology. With over 200 organisations and over 500 individuals in membership they exist to:
promote good practice in the use of learning technology in education and industry;
represent the members in areas of policy; facilitate collaboration between practitioners,
researchers, and policy makers.
From Ritsumeikan's CALL EJ Online Journal.
University of Malaysia at Kabangsaanís Online Journal
(Nottingham University, UK)
Worldís largest source for computerized translation products from many companies. Computerized dictionaries, with ability to point at a word on the screen and obtain possible translations in a balloon next to it.
TextLexCompare compares any two texts to show you which words are repeated vs. unrepeated. Recycling Index provided shows ď# of Recycled words out of Total words.Ē
CALL TEACHING AND RESEARCH PROFESSIONALS (CALL EXPERT'S HOMEPAGES)
Cal State U., Sacramento
in English and Turkish.
Randall Sadlerís ESL Web.org is dedicated to Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for Language Teaching, TESOL, & Teaching L2 Reading and Writing. View his great PowerPoints!
View his CALICO Presentations (at bottom of the page) on: Second Life & Task-Based Language Learning and Computer-Mediated Communication and Video Chat.
ESL teaching: Contains research papers, conference presentations, course materials and tests in ESL.
CALL TEACHERS / WEBHEADS
CALL PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS
Texas State University
Computers and English Language Learning, Deborah Healey en Jeff Magoto (eds.,) International Society for Technology in Education.
An international journal, Jozef Colpaert (ed.), Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers
AACE Publications, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
English Language Teaching Journal, Oxford, UK.
Warschauer, Mark e.a. (eds.), University of Hawai and Michigan State University
LL&T contains theoretical and research oriented papers. This is an excellent periodical for staying abreast of current trends and the latest directions of CALL. Issues often have special themes of particular interest to technology in education. There is also an excellent search function for finding back articles.
Australian Journal of Computers and Language Education, Centre for Language Teaching and Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
(Maja Grgurovic, Carol A. Chapelle and Mack C. Shelley)
This article summarizes years of research comparing pedagogies for second/foreign language teaching supported with computer technology and pedagogy unsupported by computer technology. 37 studies yielding 52 effect sizes were included, following a search of literature from 1970 to 2006 and screening of studies based on stated criteria. The meta-analysis results provide an empirically-based response to the questions of whether or not technology-supported pedagogies enhance language learning, and the process of conducting the meta-analysis pointed to areas in research methodology that would benefit from attention in future research. (Free thru April 2013).
Graham Chesters & June Thompson (eds.), CTI Centre for Modern Languages, EUROCALL, University of Hull, UK.
Norman Davis (ed.), Elsevier Science Ltd, Oxford, UK: Pergamon Press.
One of the very best for language learning issues and articles online.
Reading Online (ROL) is a peer-reviewed journal of the International Reading Association (IRA). Since its launch in May 1997 it has become a leading online source of information for the worldwide literacy-education community, with tens of thousands of accesses to the site each month.
Unfortunately, it is not longer publishing any new issues after 2005. However, previous issues of the journal focus on literacy practice and research in classrooms serving students aged 5 to 18. "Literacy" is broadly defined by IRA to include traditional print literacy, as well as visual literacy, critical literacy, media literacy, digital literacy, and so on. A special mission of the journal was to support professionals as they integrate technology into the classroom, preparing students for a future in which literacy's meaning will continue to evolve and expand.
published by the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
BBCís flagship technology program about great Websites and PC gadgets.
(Originally published online since 1995.)
CALL JOURNALS AND ORGANIZATIONS
85 sessions were recorded. In addition, we have the UStream video recordings of the two keynote talks by Bryan Smith and Joy Egbert. These recordings are available on this Conference recap page. Several presenters have sent copies of their presentations, and these too are linked from the recap pages.
Search Team is a site from Free Technology 4 Teachers. This is a search engine designed to work in teams as a real-time collaborative search engine. This works by a user saving their search and then sharing w/ others who can then refine the search. It is rather innovative and worth a look.
Recursive Hierarchical Recognition: A Brain-based Theory of Language Learning
The advent of multimedia computers allows for multimodal input and practice, where learning activities can take advantage of the hierarchical structure of the human brain and the interplay between listening, speaking, memory, and the pattern-recognition logic that is at the heart of human intelligence.
The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology publishes research and review articles in educational technology, instructional design, educational applications of computer technologies, educational telecommunications and related areas.
The Association for Learning Technologyís international tri-annual, peer-reviewed journal, devoted to research and good practice in the use of learning technologies within tertiary education
Apprentissage des Langues et SystŤmes díInformation et de Communication is the French journal for CMCL. It is online only and is free. ALSICís resources page is newly edited with each issue of the journal. It hyperlinks professional associations, other journals, conferences, recent theses and many other items of interest.
The most widely quoted international journal in CALL and CMCL. The journalís book reviews page give quick access to a very useful archive of reviews of major books in the field.
Applications of technology and applied linguistics to foreign language teaching and learning, including EFL. Gives priority to theoretically based work.
TESOL Quarterly guidelines for reporting quantitative research and types of qualitative research: case studies, conversation analysis (critical) ethnography.
A site on technology-based research methods and ethno-methodology.
A series of simple templates for different types of dissemination articles drawn up by writers for the journal ALT-J, to help prepare for publishing work in the field of learning technologies, including case study, experiment, survey, etc.
An undergraduate course, ĎUnderstanding Online Interactioní, is available free of charge on this site. Easy, chatty style, it covers a range of systems, including game sites and includes assignments that repay if you spend a little time trying them out.
Useful tips for teachers
This website by an enthusiastic English teacher contains a range of information on online projects, books/articles, teaching practice and learning strategies. The site concentrates on English but also contains information on German as a foreign language and French.
The tandem server at the Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum brings together learners of different languages by telephone, e-mail or other media. The service is free.
CALL PAY-TO-USE TOOLS WITH PRACTICAL SUPPORT
Tool for qualitative research able to handle multiple media. Developed n 1993 as part of a project at the Technical University Berlin. East Asian languages are supported. Claims to be easy to learn. Has an unlimited download demo online.
Learning Activity Management System is a visual authoring environment tool for designing technology-enabled course models, series of activities and lesson plans. LAMS also allows you to deliver courses to groups of students.
The International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL) is a new professional journal founded by the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). ijCSCL is a high-quality, peer-reviewed academic journal reflecting the interests of the international CSCL community that promotes research on the theory and practice of computer-supported collaborative learning. A main focus is on how people learn in the context of collaborative activity and how to design the technological settings to enhance such collaboration.
A Consortium of Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks
Aims to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results.
Sciences et Technologies de Iím formation et de la Communication pour líEducation et la Formation: a major French-language journal for computer environments and human learning (i.e. computer-assisted learning and CMC). Online only and free.
Interdisciplinary journal devoted to CMC scholarshi
Interdisciplinary journal of theory, research, and practice in interactive online learning.
Newsletter (in French) for distance education and training. Some content is free, the rest is pay-to-use, but it may be worthwhile subscribing to gain access to this rich resource, and have THOT alert you of new developments via email.
FREE ONLINE TOOLS AND PRACTICAL SUPPORT
In French, this is the public access part of the research site ĎCorpus de Langues Parlees en Interaction, run by researchers looking into interaction corpora. Audio and video extracts are available, both Ďeverydayí and educational. Useful for teaching speaking (possible use as examples of conversational stategies) or as a model for structuring oneís own recorded corpora.
CALL PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS AND CALL JOURNALS
Covers developments in educational technology world-wide in the fields of education, training and information technology
Intercontinental interdisciplinary journal covering all matters associated with the use of computers in language learning (L1 and L2), teaching and testing.
Welcomes articles on computer-mediated communication, cooperative and collaborative learning, country-specific developments, cross cultural projects, distance education and tele-learning, distributed learning environments.
The most widely quoted international journal in CALL and CMCL. The journalís book reviews page give quick access to a very useful archive of reviews of major books in the field.
Applications of technology and applied linguistics to foreign language teaching and learning, including EFL. Gives priority to theoretically based work.
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS PROGRAMS
ReallyEnglish.com joins with Letís Talk Online (CUP).
Research: Any journal with an asterisk (*) means that it is searchable in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) or the Science Citation Index (SCI), which are provided by the Journal Citation Report (ISI Web of Knowledge). You may use this link to search indexed papers in the ISI Web of Science [V. 4.8] of the NCKU web domain, and can use this link to log in to the NCKU online library. (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
References to work in Iowa State’s TESL/Applied Linguistics Program in the following areas:
CALL Research Issues; CALL Software Design; CALL Training and Use; CALL Thesis Projects; Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistics; English for Specific Purposes; Second Language Acquisition; Second Language Testing; Spoken English: Acquisition and Use
Planetcdrom.com is about the cheapest source in the world for Educational Software, Movie DVDs, and Music CDs.
Cheapest prices online or off for inspiring faith-building books, music, and software.
Handbook of Research on Computer-Enhanced Language Acquisition and Learning: to view the abstracts of all of the chapters from the Handbook of Research on Computer-Enhanced Language Acquisition and Learning, Please go to this page: http://www.infosci-on-demand.com/search/advanced.asphttp://www.infosci-on-demand.com/search/advanced.asp. Then search for (handbook of research on computer-enhanced language acquisition) within the source field. You may view the complete table of contents here: http://www.igi-global.com/reference/details.asp?id=7441http://www.igi-global.com/reference/details.asp?id=7441
CHINA-BASED TESOL AND CHINESE LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
Learn Chinese language for Travel, Education, Career and Business with Chinese culture. Chinesesphere is an online Chinese school with experienced teachers to guide you using audio & video conference.
(1998-2007) Online library.
Mobile phone site
Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium
Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section
Udo Jung's plenary at EUROCALL 2004 in Vienna was a good survey of the ups and downs of publishing trends in CALL:
CALL Past, Present, and Future: a bibliometric approach
Published in ReCALL, Vol 17, No. 1, May 2005
Randall Sadler's survey, which he presented at EUROCALL 2008, is also very useful:
How is Computer-Mediated Communication actually being used in the classroom?
Sole Online Providers of CertIBET and CertICT
TEAMNESS is a new and innovative online project collaboration platform. TEAMNESS's main features include task management, messages, file sharing, whiteboard, search engine, RSS and notifications. The service is completely web based free to use.
COLLABORATION AND VIDEO-CONFERENCING PROGRAMS
LiveMinutes is similar to Adobe Connect or Illuminate in that you can set up private meeting spaces, chat using text or audio/video and use a virtual whiteboard (or share and collaborate on other documents) but it is free. People can optionally call in using Skype (which is a bonus since they don't have to learn a new technology), but right now video sharing is limited to 9 people. However, that is still pretty amazing seeing as how Skype makes you pay for a pro account to have more than two people sharing video. It also has a nice feature that allows you to record all of the discussion shared during the meeting in a .pdf "minutes" document. It does let you schedule meetings in advance, so you would be able to advertise the URL ahead of time. LiveMinutes is also working on a recording functionality that would allow you to record the meeting space. Very, very cool for being free - better than many commercial alternatives.
Keah Cunningham and Jonathan Perkins and started this blog on some technology tools. They try to only post tools once they have been properly vetted which means fewer posts but hopefully more valuable tools.
Cosketch is an online tool that allows one or more users to create an online sketch in real-time. No registration is needed and the image can be embedded in a blog or Web site with the included code.
Since Etherpad closed down and open-sourced their code, lots of new companies have created their own versions of this great web-based collaborating tool. Here are two new ones: Meeting Words; Titan Pads; They join Type With Me, Sync.in, and PiratePad. All are on The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration list.
Sync.in is the latest site to use the open-sourced code from Etherpad, which was purchased by Google several months ago and closed-down. You just paste a bunch of text in a window and, without even having to register for the service, send others the url and everybody can edit it in real time. It also has a chat option. You can go back to the url address at any time to make further, adjustments, too. See more at The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time, where it joins several other Etherpad clones, including NetherPad, PiratePad and Primary Pad.
TIME Magazine has come out with a nice slideshow titled A Brief History of The Computer.
An Illustrated History of Computers is much more complete, but isn't as accessible to ELLs as the TIME slideshow. See both at The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers.
(Use for Narrative Writing/Grammar and Speaking practice in TL.)
Chinese New Year Resources
Arranged Topically from A-Z by Larry Ferlazzo.
Best sites and programs for creating online learning content quickly and easily.
One of the best Collaboration programs available. Test it out here!
Mikogo is a free online collaboration tool. Get it from Softpedia here.
Easiest to use, highly motivating Online Collaboration program.
Simple Meet Me is another in a long line of easy tools to quickly stet up online chatrooms. More at The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.
Consmr lets you write a review of just about anything, ranging from toothpaste to cans of tomato sauce. More at The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An "Authentic Audience."
Stack the Countries
Stack the Countries app is a fun way to practice country capitals and learn facts about countries, including location, borders, flags, size, language and capitals
Neat Chat joins a long line of sites that let you immediately create private chat rooms with no registration necessary. See others at The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.
CHAT ROBOTS, CHATBOTS OR CHATTERBOTS, ALSO SIMPLY KNOWN AS ďBOTSĒ
These are computer programs on online sites that simulate human communication patterns. They can mimic human conversation or chatting by using artificial intelligence (AI). Eliza was the first chatbot, made in 1966 by Weizenbaum.
Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity
Great list of Chatterbots from Googleís Directory.
Chatterbots waiting to simulate chatting with you at Geocities.com.
Great for finding friends, visiting Homestays and churches in Canada. They also have a great free Online Bible available at their site.
(Also see Atlases.)
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
Select a country, territory or international organization from the menus included. These Country Profiles also include Audio or Video Clips from BBC.
Includes Map Activities and Geography Crafts for Young People.
Learn all major country names and flags.
Learn all major country names and flags.
Vietnam tours operator, Vietnam hotels reservation, Vietnam ticket booking, Vietnam car rental.
How Far Is It to Ö? Take an Imaginary Trip!
COUNTRIESí GLOBAL STATISTICS
GeoHive is a site with geopolitical data, statistics on the human population, Earth and more. The main kind of data you can find here is population statistics of regions, countries and cities.
This site is very safe and has lots of fun links where kids can play online in security. Safety tips are given.
Childrenís Literature & Fun Links
Teach Children to Learn to Read Online - Time4Learning is an online learning system for children, PreSchool through
Middle School teaching language arts, math & more. Online learning & fun.
Open Clip Art Library is a site from Richard Byrne's excellent blog. This is one of the best sites around for finding clip art on any number of subjects.
CHINA BUSINESS LINKS
Jack Maís China Biz connections.
Authorsí Bibliography included.
Collection for pleasure reading.
CLASSICS: GREEK AND LATIN STUDY ONLINE
A powerful online tool designed to help students read Greek and Latin texts in the original language by providing them with all the information required actively to understand a text at the click of a mouse, including commentaries, dictionary, parser and translation.
RandomHouse.comís 5 European Language general online courses
Comics to learn English having fun!
How to use Online Comics to improve your English reading skills.
COMIC CREATING PROGRAMS
Cartoon Critters is a nice site for the younger kids for learning how to draw and for finding other interactive/educational links. This site has online coloring books, story books, videos, etc.
ComicStrip is a nice app (.99) for the iPad/iPhone. This allows students to create a digital story as they would w/ any online comic strip creator. A user can upload or take a photo, edit their layout, and then add speech bubbles and stickers. While it is not the most robust product around it does offer a nice and inexpensive way to explore this 21st century skill.
Mai Nada is an interesting site for making digital comics. Unlike other sites MN focuses on having users draw their own comic. Once a comic is done, it can then have pre-set timings to allow the comic to animate on its own (think Comic Life movie export feature). Keep in mind this site is also an online community, so it may not be appropriate for school. For Kapuler's top 10 digital comic creators click here.
From The Los Angeles Times:
"Life in a Day" is a groundbreaking film produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald that solicited user-generated content from around the world that was shot on July 24, 2010. With more than 80,000 videos from 197 countries, 4,500 hours of video was edited into a 94-minute portrait of the world. Google and YouTube have released the full-length feature for viewing before the release of the DVD. See more at The Best Sites For Learning About The World's Different Cultures.
Class Pager is a wonderful new site for texting in the classroom. This site allows teachers to text parents or students on any mobile device. Also, this can be good tool for a Q & A session or to give a quiz to get feedback on student assessment. It's simple and easy to use and a great way to incorporate 21st Century Technology. For other nice sites on texting in the classroom check out Celly and TXTNLRN.
Written by dkapuler on Jan 31, 2012 11:52 am - Charts and Graphs are an effective tool when trying to convey information in a simple and visual way. Also, it is a great way to track trends and help explain complex datasets. This is something that has been used in the business world and education on a everyday basis. With that, I decided to list my top favorite sites for creating a chart or graph.
Top 10 Sites for Creating a Chart or Graph:
1. Rich Chart Live - An excellent site for created animated flash based charts that can be embedded into a site. Also, a user has the ability to add links to a chart.
2. iCharts - Is a wonderful site/network for creating charts that you can embed into a site. Also, a user can share charts on social networking sites and browse/save other iCharts from the web.
3. Chartle - A great site for creating online interactive charts. What makes Chartle so unique and impressive is the ability to create more then your standard graphs such as: venn diagrams, maps, gauges, etc.
4. Hohli - A very user friendly site to use that is similar to Chartle. A user can create a variety of different types of charts such as: pie, scatter plots, and radar, then embed them into a site.
5. Lucid Chart - A nice site for creating a variety of different charts and diagrams. Also, it is a very easy site to use w/ a drag-n-drop interface. Best of all, Lucid Chart has an educational portal which allows chart creation free for education.
6. ChartGo - ChartGo is a neat site for creating charts that's very easy to use. All a user has to do is fill out the pre-determined sets of data and select the type of chart they want to create.
7. Pretty Graph - A simple site to use to make a wide variety of graphs, such as: line charts, histograms , and more. Also, a user can embed into a site, share w/ others users via email, or save as template.
8. Diagramly - A cool site for creating diagrams, flow charts, and more that is similar to Lucid Chart. Users of Inspiration should feel right at home w/ this online tool as there are plenty of shapes and clip art to choose from.
9. Cacoo - A great site for creating online charts and diagrams. A great feature is the ability to collaborate w/ others in real-time while creating a chart via a chat.
10. Lovely Charts - A easy site to use to make very nice looking/polished charts. While not free, there are three paid versions to choose from, such as: iPad, online, or desktop.
Bonus - Useful Charts - While not a chart creation tool, this site has some of the best looking charts for every subject. Also, laminated charts can be ordered for the classroom.
Comic Creator by Boys Life magazine is a fun site that is very similar to online creators of this type. It has a nice easy interface to use and all the elements can be found such as: background, character, movement etc.
I recommend checking out Comic Creator by clicking here!! Click here for top 10 digital comic creators.
CYBERCRIME / CYBER-ABUSE
Sites that promote social interaction between people who have never met can be dangerous. Some most popular with young people to monitor very carefully are www.MySpace.com
COMICS FOR KIDS
Encourage Writing, Reading and Communication using comics.
This site offers fun animal and human characters with different moods, thought and talk balloons to fill in with words, and story prompts. It's a wonderful resource to spur children and adults to write, read and communicate their ideas and to practice English and other languages.
Here children and adults can create their own comic strips, selecting from 10 fun characters with different moods - happy, sad, angry, worried Ė and write words for blank talk and thought balloons to make their characters talk and think. There also are story ideas and prompts to help users create graphic stories. This site can be used by educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in English-as-a-Second-Language programs to facilitate self-expression and storytelling. Some educational therapists use it with deaf and autistic people to help them understand concepts and communicate. Parents and children can create stories together, then print them to create comic books or email them to friends and family. Hereís a place to be creative, calm down and have some fun!
CALL BLENDED OR HYBRID LEARNING ARTICLES AND WEBSITES
(Adapted with permission from Ian Brownís 2005 JALT CALL Conference Presentation, entitled ďBlended Delivery: The Future of CALLĒ)
Links to many resources and articles on blended learning
Australian National Training Authority, (2003), Learning New Skills in Blending, Booklet 1 Blended Learning.
Aycock, A. Garnham, C. & Kaleta, R. (2002), Lessons learned from the Hybrid Course Project, Teaching with Technology Today, 8 (6).
Black, G. (2002), A comparison of traditional, online and hybrid methods of course delivery, Journal of Business Administration Online, 1 (1).
Broadbent, B. (2003), Facing resistance to change: the dark side of your e-learning project, The Training Report, April 2003.
Brown, D. G. (2001), Hybrid Courses are best, Syllabus, August 2001
Capper, J. (2003), Complexities and Challenges of Integrating Technology into the Curriculum, TechKnowLogia, Jan-Mar, 2003
Ellsworth, J. B. (2000), A Survey of Educational Change Models, Eric Digest, EDO-IR-2000-07
Garnham, C. & Kaleta, R. (2002), ĎIntroduction to Hybrid Courses, Teaching with Technology Today, 8(6).
Haddad, W. D. (2003), Is Instructional Technology a Must for Learning, TechKnowLogia, Jan-Mar, 2003.
UWMilwaukee, University of Wisconsin, learning technology center
MacKinnon, S. (2002), Technology Integration in the Classroom Ė Is there Only One Way to Make it effective?, TechKnowLogia, Oct-Dec, 2003
Oliver, M & Trigwell K. (2005), Can ĎBlended Learningí Be Redeemed?, E-Learning, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2005.
Rossett, A. et al (2003) Strategies for Building Blended Learning, Learning Circuits, July 2003.
Sands, P. (2002), Strategies for Connecting Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Hybrid Courses, Teaching with Technology Today, 8(6)
Singh, H. (2003), Building Effective Blended Learning Programs, to be published Educational Technology, Nov-Dec 2003
Sudzina, M. Kaleta, R. & Garnham, C. (2003), Preparing for and Teaching Hybrid Courses. Paper presented at Midwest EDUCAUSE Conference, USA.
Voos, R. (2003), Blended learning Ė What is it and where might it take us?, Sloan-C View, 2(1)
Wonacott, M. E. (2002), Blending Face-to-Face and Distance learning methods in Adult and Career-Technical Education, Eric Practice Application Brief no. 23
Young, J. R. (2002), Hybrid teaching Seeks to End the Divide Between Traditional and Online Instructioní, Chronicle of Higher Education, Information Technology, March 2002
Zemsky, R., and W. F. Massey. 2004. Thwarted innovation: What happened to e-learning and why. West Chester, PA: The Learning Alliance at the University of Pennsylvania.
Find all the information you need to jumpstart your career in fashion merchandising at Fashion Schools.
Features information for individuals who aspire to a career as an ultrasound technologist.
The Grosse Pointe Public Schools (MI) offers this site with links to clip art collections, a content-specific clip art list, and links to seasonal clip art.
FREE ENGLISH GAMES AND TESTS
offers free TOEFL, TOEIC and English Grammar and Vocabulary Practice Tests.
has lots of free and cheap practice downloads or CDs of offer.
has fun games to try.
Convert currencies online. Exchange rates and quotes.
to review great gadgets and websites.
Listen to various samples.
Access free Chinese-English and English-Chinese online dictionaries, or buy portable electronic dictionaries. (local page)
Excellent shop for sale of many cell phones.
National Association of Japan-American Studies
listed by Country
The biggest, most comprehensive database of celebrities addresses --Actors and Actresses, Singers, Authors, Politicians, Models, Athletes and more. This database is free for everyone, and easy to use.
Looking for a cost effective, comprehensive online learning and communication environment that aligns to major funding streams?
Futurekids online is a comprehensive, customizable web-based solution that integrates best-of-breed educationally relevant solutions for your school or district. Futurekids online will deliver a complete online learning, training and communication environment for everyone in your school or district. The platform was developed to meet the specific funding requirement for several major U.S. funding programs including No Child Left Behind.
The Futurekids solution empowers educators, students, and administrators to be proficient with technology as a learning, instruction, administrative and communication tool resulting in better learning outcomes and improved return on investment.
Distance Learning and Tele-Communications.
Elluminate pays attention to how people communicate, educate, and collaborate in the real world. You'll see this reflected in their commitment to developing the enabling technology that advances these activities in the virtual world. Built on their unique No User Left Behindô technology, Elluminate Live!ģ 7.0 delivers enhanced accessibility, functionality, and usability that facilitates small group collaboration, enables blended online/onsite learning, creates dynamic online communities that foster social networking, and much more.
Creative Commons is an excellent resource for teachers trying to find authentic, uncopyrighted digital material. Material is categorized by audio, images, video, text and education (including lesson plans). Some items found may contain restrictions on their use such as for education only or not-for-profit use only. Creative Commons also allows people to submit their own original works to the site.
Tom Cobbís Reading Tutor for Jack Londonís Call of the Wild.
Read, listen to the recording, pause to click any word once for individual pronunciation twice for examples + definition. Quick look-ups in Word-Net.
Web Concordancer, Unique Words Text Profiler, Word Frequency Text Profiler, Net Dictionary, Chinese - English Parallel Concordancer, Teachers' toolbox, etc.
I've been using Penguin Chat with students for several years with positIve results. This site lets students text chat using an anonymous nickname and in several different rooms. As Penguin Chat is open to anyone on the Internet, before using this site I recommend going over chat rules and warning them of the dangers of giving information to strangers.
Google Image search is a great place to get free Clip Art and images to supplement classroom activities. It is easy to search and navigate with one of the best collections of images available. Some of the images are copyright protected so care must be taken that they are used responsibly for educational purposes and that credit is given to the source.
World by Radio gives dynamic information about each country in the world, including Flags, Population, Maps, Major Cities, Languages & Radio Broadcasts available in them.
CHINA AND CHINESE STUDY RESOURCES
ChineseSavvy.com is a free website dedicated to the study of China, its language, and its culture built by language students for language students. Its features include language reference tools and lessons, a comprehensive Chinese-English/English-Chinese dictionary, a "Speech Dictionary" for practicing oral Chinese, multimedia, travelogues, podcasts, forums, and more!
1-on-1 Online Live Lesson. Best Way To Learn. All Levels Free Trial Now
Learn Chinese with Confucius Institute: Thousands of audios about Chinese
Chinese Language Learning
A new site providing help in learning Chinese with basic vocabulary & forum.
Chinese handwriting recognition and pronunciation sound clips included.
COLLOCATIONS, LEXICAL PHRASES, WORD CHUNKS (Study of)
Collocations or Words That Occur Together Often
Learn about collocations in English.
But what is "collocation" exactly? Put simply, it is the frequent use of two or more words together (mostly verbs and nouns) in a way that sounds correct to native speakers of English. Collocations are common word combinations or collections of words that "fit together" such as "If I had the chance," or "talk freely," or "heavy smoker."
with: Take, Have and Break; Catch, Pay and Keep; Save, Find and Go; Come, Get and Feel; and Miss, Get, Do and Make.
with: Give, Have, Make, Take, Do, Pay, and Hold.
Links to information about many countries of the students being interviewed.
COLLEGES AND CAREERS (EXPLORING US COLLEGES ONLINE)
DirectoryofEducation.net is an international directory that provides a listing of 9,176 Colleges and Universities from 183 countries. DirectoryofEducation.net also provides a listing of 122,085 K-12 Schools in USA. DirectoryofEducation.net will provide you with an educational community where you will be able to read and post reviews and photos of your School or College to share, discuss and improve your educational experience.
Ecampus Tours-- provides virtual tours of over 1200 different colleges. Of course, nothing beats a real visit. But E Campus Tours can help students think a little "outside the box." In addition, the site has other helpful resources to students thinking about their future. Useful to both English Language Learners and mainstream students as they begin to think about entering college.
Good Comics Programs for Language Learning:
Unveils New Features for ESL, LiteracyTeachers and Students to Write, Read and Tell Stories Online
Computer Assisted Multimedia Interactive Language Learning Environment
Proyecto InGenio is a CALL language course authoring tool with several online courses in English, French, German, Spanish, Czech and Slovak.
CyberChase from PBS has a great online talking calculator. It's a perfect way for English Language Learners to do their math and, through listening skills, developing their language abilities.
Cinchcast is a simple tool that lets you basically create an audio blog, and you can upload images, too. See others at The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.
Handbook of Research on Computer-Enhanced Acquisition and Learning
Order from http://www.igi-pub.com/reference/details.asp?id=7441
(Ed., Thomas Hansson)
This museumis "committed to preserving and presenting the history and stories of the Information Age." Introduce the next generation to some of the legends involved in developing the internet.
An enterprise wiki that makes it easy for your team to collaborate and share knowledge. Adding, sharing and finding content has never been easier.
History of Computers Webcast Course from Berkeley
DESIGN is an ever-growing, all-encompassing field that accommodates a plethora of different disciplines. How would a contemporary hierarchical tree of Design look like? The proposed challenge is simply to visualize the contemporary Design landscape.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework developed for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all. Though initially for helping learners with disabilities, the principles of this approach support the goal of providing learning environments that maximally accommodate learnersí individual differences.
Theories of Origins or the Science of Cosmology
Intelligent Design or Creation versus Random Chance Evolution: Where does the evidence lead?
Explore the evidence for design and purpose in the universe. Discover the truth about the origin of life and the universe. Does the design of the universe and life point to a Designer, a Divine Engineer or Architect?
Read Online using all these great tools: Audio Text-to-Speech, dictionary and concordance information with any browser, via two type-in boxes or simply by clicking on words in the text with Windows and Explorer 5 and above.
Earth Calendar is an easy-to-use site which is "a Daybook of Holidays and Celebrations around the world."
All of the Embassies from All Countries in the World in a searchable database!
Robin Goodís VERY GOOD Online Collaboration Blog
(Excellent for quick A-Z Search.)
Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). CAST staff includes specialists in education research and policy, neuropsychology, clinical/school psychology, technology, engineering, curriculum development, K-12 professional development, and more. By defining UDL and exploring its practical applications, CAST is pushing the boundaries of education research, practice, and policymaking. Achievements include:
An intuitive Search Program that can anticipate what you are looking for, help you search and also add more search engines with customized keyboard. Inquisitor is fast, smart, flexible... and free.
Organize your photos, videos, RSS feeds, friends, into a private trusted network. Distribute data amongst friends, contacts and amongst individual groups. You can use Joodo to communicate with messages, chat in real-time, and share files and folders.
Embed a text-chat on your site and interact with visitors.
Visual Geography is a nice site available in 5 European languages with images, information, and quizzes about 85 countries around the world. The text is accessible to Intermediate English Language Learners, and the images are obviously good for students of all levels. Good quizzes about each country, and a neat feature called ďCompare,Ē by which you can pick any two countries and easily compare their demographic data with the click of the mouse. Visualgeography.com lets you explore the world through images, flags, money, language, maps and other information.
(in Larry Ferlazzoís Opinion, that is!)
Cultural Wars and Engaging the Culture with Faith
How to Improve your Speaking and Listening Skills
iSeek is an organization out of Minnesota designed to assist young people develop career goals. However, a lot of its materials would be useful wherever a student lives. There are many closed-captioned videos about different careers it has, most which are accessible to English Language Learners. See more under Jobs and Careers. Readers might also be interested in The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers.
COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD, PROGRAMS FOR AREA RESEARCH
Capitol Words. uses the Congressional Record to develop ongoing ďword cloudsĒ for each member of Congress, and can show clouds representing each state, too. For English Language Learners, it would be a great real-world exercise in vocabulary development combined with civics. See also Citizenship.
Last May, British company Interead launched their own e-reader, COOL-ER. This year at CES, the company unveiled 2 new versions of their e-reader that will hit the market this year, both PC and MAC compatible. What sets COOL-ER apart from Amazon's Kindle?a2
Creative Kids Central has a number of very engaging online activities related to classical music. See its "talking" and musical story on the 1001 Arabian Nights and its online video game on the composer Brahms Both are accessible to English Language Learners.
Lesson plans, arranged by grade level and subject area, to support the teaching of copyright in the classroom.
To make it on Ferlazzo's list, web tools must be: 1) accessible to English Language Learners, 2) available at no-cost, 3) able to be used to easily create engaging online content within minutes, 4) willing to host user-created work indefinitely on the website itself, 5) appropriate for classroom use, 6) accessible without requiring registration. You might also be interested in:
Here are Ferlazzo's choices for The Best Ways to Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2011:
CREATE A MESSAGE WITH BOUNCING LETTERS TO MUSIC: Font de Music lets you type in a message, choose music to go with it, adjust the font and color, and then it turns your letters into a bouncing, live performance. In addition, and most importantly for English Language Learners, it also lets you write a message that goes along with it, in addition to giving you the url address of your creation. It can be posted on a student or teacher blog or website.
RECORD A MAD-LIB TRAVELOGUE: Clay Yourself is a site publicizing a hotel chain. Users get to create a clay-like avatar, choose a name for it, complete a "mad-lib"-like travel script, record themselves speaking the script they’ve helped create, and then place it in a virtual gallery. You can post the link to Facebook or Twitter, or email it to yourself. It hits all four domains — reading, writing, speaking and listening. You can’t beat that!
MAKE YOUR OWN FOOTBALL CARD: You can design your own personalized football card, and use your own image (or not). Write a name, and a name of the team, too.
TAKE A PICTURE OF ANY STREET IN THE WORLD: Show My Street instantly shows you the Google Maps Street View image of any address you type in, and then gives you a unique url to it that you can share. English Language Learners can pick any place, post the link to it on a student/teacher blog or website, and then describe it.
Design An eCard: Cardkarma is a neat eCard site for many occasions. Without registering, you can search Flickr for any photo and turn it into an eCard you can send and post.
MAKE AN ONLINE TUTORIAL: tildee lets you very easily create a simple step-by-step tutorial for just about anything. You can add text, maps, videos and photos (unfortunately, though, you can only upload photos — not grab them from the Web. They say they're adding that ability soon). And you don't even have to register for the service.
CREATE A WEBPAGE EASILY: Instablogg is a super-easy, super-fast way for students, teachers or anybody to create a webpage, and it doesn't require registration.
DESIGN A "FAKEBOOK" PAGE: Fakebook is the newest tool over at the excellent ClassTools site (Russel Tarr is the creative genius behind the site). Teachers and students can use it to: chart the career of a historical character, create a timeline of important events, outline the main plot of a book, play or film and so on!
MAKE A VIRTUAL BULLETIN BOARD: I posted about Corkboard Me in January. It's very similar to Wallwisher, but even simpler to use — and with fewer features (you can't embed videos, nor password protect your content). You can, however, easily post images by just pasting its url on one of the virtual post-it notes. Recently, Corkboard Me just announced some additional features, including real-time collaboration and a chat room for the people collaborating. I've certainly noticed a lot of quirkiness lately with Wallwisher, and I know quite a few others have experienced the same problem. So, I'm going to start having my classes use Corkboard Me.
CREATE A WEB PAGE: Freedom Share is a super, super-easy way to paste and post text, and use it to create a webpage. Making it even better, you can copy and paste images there, too. You can even create a password to make it editable in the future. It makes things very easy for students to create and share online content.
MAKE MUSIC BY BUILDING A CITY: At Isle Of Tune, you create music by creating a city. Yes, that's right, you "drag-and-drop" different parts of a city - homes, cars, trees, etc. — and each one has a musical tone. Then click "Go" and the car prompts the different elements to do their thing. No registration is required, and you're given the url address of your creation to share. As a bonus to English Language Learners, the different parts of the city are labeled, so students can pick up vocabulary at the same time. Plus, they can describe their musical creations.
SEND ARTISTIC eCARDS: The Guggenheim Museum has an amazing collection of eCards that can be sent by email and then its url address can be posted on a student/class blog or website.
MAKE A BOOK: Simple Booklet is a great new tool that lets you create online books and reports that can be embedded or linked to by its url address. It's free, you can grab images and videos off the web, and extremely simple to use. No registration is required.
SEND AN eCARD: Worldwide Health has a large variety of free eCards to write and send. Students can write to an imaginary friend or family member, or describe the image, send it to themselves or to a teacher, and place the link on a student/teacher blog or website.
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