Technology in the World Language Classroom
75 Creative and Useful Imaging Websites
So, this is for the tech lovers out there: I project my iPad screen onto my whiteboard using a service called AirServer.com (trial is free but then it’s about $8 to buy it). I use the FeltBoard app to show pictures of the story as it progresses. When the story is done, the app saves your Work of Art and I use that the next day to ask questions about it or to use it as a memory aid when they are writing. It’s been working great! My only warning is that if you shake your iPad your masterpiece will erase itself.
I also use Storyjumper.com. This website lets you create actual books. My students love hearing about my son so I just created a book on Storyjumper about his bedtime routine and I’ve been reading it to my Spanish students. The best part is that the website will create a hardcover book for you and mail it to you for $25. I also did that and I’ve been reading it to my son as one of his bedtime books. =)
Animated Characters – http://tellagami.com/
Brainstorming – http://tricider.com/brainstorming/oAdH
Video Journal – http://www.keek.com
Create Infographics – https://www.draw.io/
Video mail – http://mailvu.com/
Alternatives to youtube.com
Scratching your head wondering whether or not your students really comprehended what you were saying…oh no!
The best to know if students are “with us” and comprehending the message they are receiving is to ASSESS…frequently! Formative assessments in the form of thumbs, flashcards, wipe boards, emojicons and other techniques do provide the teacher with feedback. However, if you are looking to spice up your assessments by using technology, here are a few websites to try:
Flashcards, Games, Quizzes:
QUIA: http://www.quia.com/ This website has been around for a while and has awesome capabilities in terms of flashcard creation, games and quizzes. The website offers a free 30 day trial for any interested users. To me, it was worth the year long subscription because I used it so often. I also like doing a search of already created activities by topics, for students to practice with from home.
QUIZLET: http://quizlet.com/ Quizlet is flashcard heaven- for all subject areas. When searching, I will select a topic and choose purposely “Sets with images” since I am a strong believer in students making connections with visuals as opposed to an English translation. Just as we learned our first language, images are key. The students can also play “space race” or “scatter” using quizlet.
KAHOOT! https://getkahoot.com/ It is easy to see how fun Kahoot! can be after signing up for a free account. It works with almost any internet enabled device and is easy to use. Students play “against” each other individually, in partners or as teams. Students can also ask their own questions.
SOCRATIVE http://www.socrative.com/ After watching a short video, Socrative shows you how simple it is to create a quiz, poll, space race game or exit ticket. A classroom “number” is used for students to enter your space.
Responses using video:
EDUCANON https://www.educanon.com/ Do you have a video that you would like to show, but gain instant feedback as to whether or not students are engaged and are understanding what they see? Give eduCanon a try- there is a free account and with a paid subscription, the teacher can set up even more unique question types.
BLUBBR https://www.blubbr.tv/ Creating a trivia game around a video clip is simple using Blubbr. There are also many games that other users share & you can use!
PADLET http://padlet.com/ If you are looking to have a full class discussion, but silently, check out padlet.com for a plain or decorative board space students can add to. Students need the URL and off they go with adding their thoughts, answers or questions to this space.
TODAYS MEET https://todaysmeet.com/ With back channeling, everyone has a voice! Students receive a unique URL with the room name and teachers can set how long the room is “open” for. It can be open for one hour, one day, one week, etc. At the end of your discussion, you can print or take a screen shot of the discussion had in the target language.
TWITTER https://twitter.com/ Create a unique #hashtag for your class. Watch a video and have students react/ask a question, use Twitter as an exit slip for your classroom, ask students to write a tweet as a famous Spanish speaking person, ask students to actually contact a famous Spanish speaking person…the possibilities are endless! But…all tweets in less than 140 characters😉
VOKI http://www.voki.com/ Students can share their thoughts by creating their own Voki and posting it to a classroom site or submitting it as part of an assignment.
BLABBERIZE http://blabberize.com/ Make any image- speak!
*Please feel free to share any other techie tools you use in class to formatively assess students! ¡Gracias! 🙂
Top 20 Websites for Teachers:
A great photo editing tool is a must for teachers and I recommend Aviary, LunaPic, Picnik, or BeFunky with some being simpler than others, but all having unique features. Explore all the tools and choose the best option for your skill level.
Creaza and Jaycut are answers to the Windows XP Movie Maker and Flipcam problem. Both of these sites have online video editing tools where Flip videos can be uploaded for easy manipulation. Creaza also has a wonderful alternative for GarageBand and a rather incredible comic creator.
Delicious or Diigo are online bookmarking networks teachers need. Inevitably a wonderful link is shared with us that we think, “Oh, I know I’ll use that later” and then we forget what it was. Using one of these resources lets teachers save bookmarks in a webspace and allows networking.
Doodle is a groovy scheduling tool teachers can use when setting up a collaborative work meeting or building social committee event. One user creates the Doodle and shares the link with others. Everyone can share time availability and determine the prime meeting date.
Dropbox is one of my absolute favorite tools shared with me by Intel Teach buddies Glen Westbrook and Jill Summers. Dropbox is a 2 GB e-vault tool that allows teachers to drop files in an online folder and sync it with multiple computers. For example, I might create a file on my MacBook at school, move it into my Dropbox folder and then open it up on my Dell at home. No jump drives to lose or accidentally wash and no email files that are too large to send. Plus, as an added bonus, I can create collaborative folders in Dropbox to share with partner teachers. Love it!
Edmodo – Definitely my #1 favorite tool on the web for creating a social network within a classroom or amongst all the teachers in a building. It’s simply easier to have files, links, and discussions held in one location. I am going to encourage our principal to set up a group in Edmodo for all building communications which can reduce the number of papers in teacher inboxes significantly.
Free Tech 4 Teachers and Larry Ferlazzo tie for this slot as these are amazing resource blogs for any teacher. You know the commercial, “There’s an App for That!” These fellas are the ones who can share those apps. Bookmark them, add them to your Google Reader, and visit often for excellent resources all year long.
Glogster.EDU is one of those tools that opens dozens of lesson ideas to foster creativity and higher order thinking skills. No more will we have poster boards dropping off the walls in the hallways or students covered in Crayola markers down their arms. With Glogster teachers and students can create interactive posters for research, websites, presentations, reflection, and more.
Google Language Translator does a fairly decent job of language translation. Although we all know languages do not automatically translate due to grammar structure, idioms, etc. this tool does basic translation well if needed.
Google Tools for Educators. Here teachers can receive training on how to use the Google Suite of Docs, Reader, Picasa, and more plus find out what new and innovative things Google is adding. It’s a never-ending world of innovation for us this year.
LiveBinders is one tool that certainly is gaining teacher popularity this summer. For those moments when teachers need to share a set of links, create a webquest, Internet scavenger hunt, or content related sites with parents, this tool is the perfect ticket.
MyWebspiration and Dabbleboard (thanks McTeach) are brainstorming collaboration tools perfect for unit plan design, party planning, or big school event planning such as Field Day or as a great high school chemistry teacher I know who plans Mole Day each year.
Prezi – Yes, I do enjoy Microsoft Office and Google Documents, but I really dig Prezi for student presentations. The concept of how it creates the “real” visual aid and allows for video embedding took my students to a different level during the speech unit this year. The tool does take a bit to figure it out, but with the excellent tutorial videos and a couple of clicks, the students are off and running.
Social networks such as Twitter, Plurk, DEN, Thinkfinity, and Intel communities are listed because every teacher needs a PLN – a place to connect with other teachers of similar subject and content areas. This is especially critical for those teachers in small schools where there may only be one or two teachers in a department. Believe me, when I was the sole member of the “English Department” for a year, my staff meetings went great, but it was difficult not having a support group. Now teachers can simply jump in, join in pedagogical conversations, share resources, and grow.
Troovi is simply a brilliant little gem for teachers collecting photos from multiple student digital cameras. Simply grab the URL directly above the logo and share it with the whole class. Students simply upload the images from their cameras to that URL (no login required) and within seconds everyone has an online album to share. No more having to bring the digital cameras up to the teacher’s desk one at a time. Yay!
Voicethread –From digital storytelling, reflection, photo essays, and more, this tool has been one of my students’ favorites. Also be sure to check out Voicethread for Educators Ning for ideas on using the tool.
Zamzar and MediaConverter for file conversions and Youtube downloads. Yes, there are always moments in the year where students turn in Microsoft Works or Word Perfect files that simply do not open nicely on a school computer. Zamzar will convert those files on top of downloading YouTube videos.
Below I have listing and links to many of those free and open source programs.
Open Office – the leading open-sourceoffice software suite for word processing,spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on allcommon computers. It stores all your data in aninternational open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completelyfree of charge for any purpose.
Lotus Symphony – Lotus® Symphony™ is a richly-featured set of productivity tools that are intuitive and easy to use and provided at no charge. There are three applications that make up Lotus Symphony: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets, Lotus Symphony Presentations.
Lotus Symphony puts you in charge – take control over spiraling upgrade
costs, ensure access to documents well into the future with new
standard file formats (ODF), get more from your current investments with
support for Microsoft Windows and Office file types.
Google Docs – Could be the wave of the future and can be integrated with Office. There is even special programs available for schools.
Collaborative projects really make for an excellent education
experience not only because students bounce ideas off each other and
improve each other’s writing skils, but also because the process itself
teaches them how to work well with others – a valuable skill for
everyone. There is of course a word processor, spreadsheet, presenter, and most recently a draw program.
GIMP – While Photoshop is awesome you can get a program much like it for free. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.
It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching,
image composition and image authoring It has many capabilities.
It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo
retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production
image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and
extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything.
The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest
task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily
scripted. I have a page on this website that includes lessons and tutorials for Gimp.
Scribus – A desktop publishing program for free?
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning
professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp
4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready”
output and new approaches to page layout.
Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports
professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot
Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
Scratch – Computer programming mixed with multimedia and game making ability! Not only that it can be understood at all levels of education for elementary to high school.
Use it in the school and students will be downloading it at
home!Students will enjoy this programming language as they make their
own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. They can even share their creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important
mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think
creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Check out the interactive e Scratch Boards. I have a page on this web site that is useful for exploring scratc h and provides lessons and ideas.
SketchUp – CAD that’s easy and CAD that’s fun from our friends at Google. Most students get rolling with SketchUp in just a few minutes.
The site has dozens of video tutorials, an extensive Help Center and a
worldwide user community mean that anyone who wants to make 3D models
with SketchUp, can. This is another program that students will download at home! I have supplied information in this wiki that will help you get started with SketchUp in the classroom.
West Point Bridge Design – Not as well known but a program that students will enjoy as they learn about physics, math, engineering, and CAD. Let them know where to find it and they will be working at home. I have provided on this site a complete unit on bridge studies which incorporates West Point. Could be used from upper elementary to high school in varying degrees! A must have program for those considering serious STEM education. There are several version and I suggest WPBD 4 Vs 4.1.1 for ease of use, training, and materials I supply on this site.
ESRI GIS Software – The leading company in GIS offers schools a free AEJEE (mac/win) ArcGIS Explorer (win) Program and also allows schools a chance to earn a free site license for ArcGIS by doing a simple PBL project. Great for studies in social studies and math. I have supplied a site in this Wiki that gives all the information plus inexpensive books that will help you build an entire curriculum integration tied to national standards. It is applicable from elementary to high school.
ITSI ProbeWare and Models
– This comprehensive information technologies (IT) project for middle
and high school teachers prepares diverse students for careers in IT by
engaging them in exciting, inquiry-based science projects that use
computational models and real-time data acquisition.
The project provides over 126 hours of lab-based, credit-bearing
activities for 90 teachers and full support for classroom
implementation. Much more then free Java application it is a complete curriculum including classroom activity management. I have a page dedicated on the Wiki that will give more information.
Audacity – If you are working with sound, music, and recordings in the classroom then this is a must program. Audacity® is free cross platform, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. A great program for creation of Podcasts in the classroom.
GarageBand – Probably the most envied program of Windows users. Not much to explain other then creating great music.
The MAC people already get it, us Windows users have no need to since
the closest program I know is available costs a few bucks.
Photo Film Strip – Video clips created from photos in 3 steps. Select images to determine motion, and produce video. There are output formats for VCD , SVCD , DVD and FULL –HD available. The slideshow effect is known as the |Photo Film Strip]] Photo Film Strip video clips created from photos in 3 steps. Select images to determine motion, and produce video. There are output formats for DVD and -HD available. The slideshow effect is known as the “Ken Burns” effect. Comments on pictures are generated in a subtitle file. Furthermore, in the slideshow background music can be used. Unlike other programs, offers the possibility Photo Film Strip, the slideshow in full-HD (1920 x 1080) resolution to produce. This page may require you to translate from German to English which is easy with a button at the top.
Photostory3 – Possibly the best free program from Microsoft. Great for digital story telling. Easy to learn and a great in-service for teachers. Outstanding effects.
It only allows for still pictures and has one audio frame although it
is possible to have voice and music using the narration tool in
PhotoStory3. Runs on Windows XP and 7. May have to use emulation mode on 7 and I have been told emulation mode will sometimes work on NT.
iMovie – Awesome program and does some of those awesome av features that MAC does best. Great for movies and digital stories. Usually already a part of the MAC operating system.
Movie Maker – Windows answer to iMovie. Great for Windows users although their are some audio limitations as far as number of tracks. Seems that Windows enjoys hiding it in the accessories area. There are Windows Movie Maker Live for Windows 7, Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for Vista and possibly Windows 7, and Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for XP. The main link on this site links to a Wikipedia article that attempts to explain differences.
Cmap – Concept maps are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge.
They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some
type, and relationships between concepts indicated by a connecting line
linking two concepts. Words on the line, referred to as linking words or linking phrases, specify the relationship between the two concepts.|Cmap]] – The most known program in the world of cash is Inspiration, and it is hard to beat! Cmap is one of the better options for making a concept map. For those unfamiliar, >Concept maps are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge.
They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some
type, and relationships between concepts indicated by a connecting line
linking two concepts. Words on the line, referred to as linking words or linking phrases, specify the relationship between the two concepts. You need to use the Concept Map on the website provided to download and learn about Cmap.
Making a Flipbook
World Site Guides
This is a great resource when you want a little video to fill in some time after a test, or just want a starting point to discuss cultural things. They have a ton of videos featuring attractions all over the world, all in HD. And best of all, it’s FREE.
Notice Boards / Bulletin Boards
Corkboard.me allows you to make a corkboard and pin all sorts of things to it – images, videos, text, etc.
Sign up and start collaborating with your friends, family, and colleagues right away. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s FREE!
The neat thing about wallwisher is that you don’t need to require students to log in to leave notes.
Thinglink is an image engagement tool that makes it easy to add clickable tags to any image on the web and share the tagged images on social networks. Any publisher or brand can distribute tagged images to bloggers and other publishers and still receive traffic back to the original image source.
Visual.ly is a site full of infographics – those cool bits of information and data set to a visual. It’s a really cool site with great graphics for all sorts of things. At the moment they are still in beta, but once the program is finished it will be possible to make infographics.
Tildee allows you to create online tutorials using images, text, video, etc. It could be fun to have students create a tutorial on how to do something that they are experts at – or even silly things.
Required: internet connection, GoogleEarth installed
Many teachers have seen or heard of GoogleEarth but haven’t yet realized the cool possibilities in the classroom for this resource.
You ought to be in pictures
A site where you can put a picture of yourself, or of anyone, actually, in a famous work of art. Your face on the Mona
Lisa? You as the Girl with the Pearl Earring.
Students can type in French, Spanish (etc) text and a voice will pronounce it for them.
Hi kids! I’m the Cat in the Hat. If you’dlike to make me say something cute or clever,just type in some words below and click Wubbulous!If you would prefer to make a different Dr. Seuss
Can you improv? Enter a tag, and see how well you can make sense of 20 random flickr photos, each one on screen for 20 seconds. See advanced options to chose different number of slides or timing. Practice telling things in Spanish – use screencast, jing or another program to record.
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Screenr’s web-based screen recorder makes it a breeze to create and share your screencasts around the web.Just click the record button, capture your screen & voice, and share the link. Some people even call it fun!Screenr’s web-based screen recorder makes it a breeze to create and share your …
1) I pause the video to take a screenshot. If you are not sure how to do
it with your computer or device, do what I always do, GOOGLE it.
2) an easy way to add subtitles is to use the website Amara. If you
want to see an example of how I used it with the video Vampire’s Crown
you can ck my post: http://palmyraspanish1.blogspot.com/2013/02/amara-lots-of-potential-for-mfl-teachers.html
A real easy way to record and share your presentations.
Intervue is a quick and easy tool for publishers who are looking to gather short video responses online from anyone with a webcam.
Unleash the Power of Video with the Simplicity of Email.
Click, Record, Send
“Wish you could annotate travel pictures with a few spoken words rather than trying to write a meaningful caption? Now you can.”
Features Share your audio on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your blog or website. Upload audio in mp3, wav, aiff, wma, ogg, amr, or m4a formats. Record on the go using any smart phone with a voice recorder & emai.
The world may be getting small, but it’s still big enough that you don’t always get to see and talk with others directly. BubbleJoy enables you to quickly create and design custom video cards that are easy to share with others by simply using your webcam.
This talkgroup has thousands of members, using it for language speaking practice and discussing various aspects of education and learning. Have a listen to the many discussions and join in if you feel like it.
A mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear.
Voki – create an avatar
The ability to speak the foreign language in question can safely be described as the principal objective of learning foreign languages. However, it can often prove difficult to assess your pupils’ ability to speak the foreign language in the classroom, as time and
Write your own music, than write lyrics using the required vocab.
Capture screen videos or screen shots and share
Create an art project and explain it in Spanish as it is being created using required vocabulary.
Use this for survey questions
Voice recording that is easy to use, send and imbed
Use this simple web tool to turn text into speech!
Use this simple web tool to turn text into speech!
Sqworl is a web application that provides a clean and simple way to visually bookmark multiple URLs.
You can use Sqworl to…Make a personalized homepage for yourself.
I decided to use Google Voice for homework assignments. Most students have an easier time recording a quick message than trying to produce language in the classroom setting.
If you still don’t know what Google Voice is here you have a few helpful tutorials:
But the basic idea is that with Google Voice students can can call in and they can leave messages. You get an email from each message. You can email that message to the parents, you can download it as an mp3 files
Design a room
Create a family tree
Create your own cartoons with fully posable characters & animals! Upload pictures, create freestyle panel layouts, add sound & voice-over, and much more!
To type in another language, than cut and paste
Pick an image from selection then write. Use freestyle choice for Spanish or get pic and use wordle.
Photo slide show
Add stories to your pictures
On-line games, flashcards
Simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following screen. you have sixty seconds to write about it. click ‘go’ and the page will load with the cursor in place. don’t think. just write.
ThinkQuest is a complete learning environment for primary and secondary schools.
Think with us and unleash your creativity!
PrintWhatYouLike lets you print the good parts of any web page while skipping ads and other junk.
Use this reader’s response activity to analyze the characters in any book. Print and collect your scrapbook pages.
Pin your history
to the world
Welcome to Scribd – Where the world comes to read, discover, and share…
Quiz Revolutionis an easy way to make a multimedia quiz