International online learning projects for students
Online tools for resource creation
Animoto Create videos from images
Benettonplay Create stunning animations
Classtools.net Create educational games
Gliffy Create floor plans, flowcharts and 3D diagrams
Glogster EDU Create interactive multimedia posters
Kerpoof Create movies and stories
Mixbook Create a page turning e-book
Myebook Create an e-book
PoducateMe Exe files How to create a podcast
Power League Create an online debate
Prezi A zooming presentation tool
Scratch Join up and download programming software to create digital learning objects
Sketchcast Embed evolving sketches into your blog
SketchUp Create, modify and share 3D models
Storybird Collaborative storytelling
Storyjumper Create a page turning e-book
Timetoast Create a free online timeline
Voice Thread Hold an online conversation about an image
Voki Create a personalised speaking avatar
Wordle Create word clouds to summarise main concepts of a unit for students
Source/Courtesy – UNSW
1. Cognitive Behaviourism
I have been racking my brains over the past few weeks in vain. I am incapable of thinking of a proper topic myself and that prevents me from starting work on the assignment which reads as follows
This assignment consists of two interrelated parts:
A multimedia resource for language learning for classroom or self-access use.
An accompanying rationale.
A multimedia resource
You should create a working piece of courseware that reflects the aims, objectives and learning outcomes outlined in your rationale and reflects good practice in both TESOL and the use of multimedia in language learning. This may be produced using any web authoring tool (although the expectation is that you use the WordPress CMS), and will include links to other media (audio or video, for example) and applications such as Hot Potatoes.
The resource does not need to be long or complex. It should, however, be coherent and it must work. For example, you could exploit a piece of listening or reading material with a relevant task or sequence of tasks providing practice on a specific grammar point. It can also be a piece of teacher education material. It may represent part of a larger package, but it should not simply consist of a sequence of tasks produced using authoring software. This multimedia resource should clearly reflect the issues discussed in the rationale.
So far a number of ideas have been put forward by some of my friends and acquaintances, but I can’t make up my mind. I have contemplated
- creating a set of interactive grammar quizzes to practise a particular language point (I mean there are thousands of interactive quizzes out there already, I have to create something really unusual)
- designing a multimedia resource for very young learners, e.g. a picture dictionary with tasks (this one sounds OK-ish, I just need to get myself a proper digicam and learn photography – easier said than done. Plus where should I get the audio? I am not a professional anchor after all. )
- devising a few topic-based units of sequenced tasks for a certain level or exam purposes (well, that’s sort of stretching and there are copyright issues as usual. Just can’t think of a place to get all those texts, pics and audio for free. So thats’ all about becoming a digital coursebook writer at the end of the day and I find it daunting, because this is LOADS of unpaid work)
I wish I could paint and draw, sing and act. I wish I were a prolific writer and could write engrossing stories and articles exceptionally well.
It looks like more and more language teaching is being done on the web. Let me summarize what online language teachers have on offer, what they do or could do in theory. I will list several examples from Curtis J. Bonk & Ke Zhang’s (2008) Empowering Online Learning, pp. 62-63.
Types of resources & activities for online language learners
- online flashcards
- electronic dictionaries, glossaries & corpora
- presentations / slide shows
- grammar lessons
- vocabulary lessons
- voice games
- word games
- interactive speaking games
- news portals
- topic-specific websites
- reading exercises
- listening quizzes & exercises
- collaborative writing tasks
- digital storytelling
- text & voice chat sessions
- asynchronous discussions
- pronunciation labs
- progress reports
- interactive quizzes
- online conversation classes
- placement tests
- self-paced lessons
- peer-to-peer practice conversations
- expert mentoring, etc
What else is out there? Is there anything on the list you either have tried and liked or hated, or would like to try?
A digital story is a personal experience represented in narrative format. The script is amplified by including video, music, still-frame imagery, and the author’s voice. A digital story typically lasts for two to three minutes. Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools p. 43
It must take ages to create such a story, but the idea is interesting anyways. I imagine the teacher has to provide a lot of scaffolding to make sure that it is about learning English rather than having fun with technology. The learner should also have a story to tell in the first place. If you have nothing to say, your story will be a flop. Songs and stories have one important thing in common – they have to have a real message to be a success.
Here is a wonderful example of a digital story