Tag: ICT

Training and Development for Teachers and Learners

Xtranormal has become Nawmal

<![CDATA[ Bringing the glad tidings that my favourite animation tool seems to be coming back! Xtranormal was a hugely popular video making tool with hundreds of teachers making videos for free, choosing characters, scenes, camera angles and really achieving a very professional looking outcome. Until they went bust. Despite its popularity, Xtranormal was not able to…
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A Little & Often: Integrating Technology on Teacher Development Courses

<![CDATA[A few months ago (April-June 2011*)  I wrote a report on a survey on the use of technology amongst CELTA tutors. The results were rather disheartening and the prevailing attitudes among many of my respondents ranged from the completely negative (“It is not our job/place to introduce technology on CELTA courses; there are more important…
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Survey on the use of Social Networks for Foreign Language Teachers

<![CDATA[Dear PLN, Many of you are aware that since earlier this year,  I have been involved in an EU funded project – aPLaNet – whose aim is to help Foreign Language Teachers develop and maintain their own PLN in an autonomous way. Creating one’s PLN takes time, effort and commitment,  and those of you reading…
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Word clouds to integrate reading and writing

<![CDATA[Well, thank you to all who came to this webinar and sorry slides were rather unruly; here they are. kapitzvirt Word clouds [slideshare id=Dd9zqEyaiOfpuw&w=595&h=485&fb=0&mw=0&mh=0&style=border: 1px solid #CCC; border-width: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;&sc=no] Word clouds from Marisa Constantinides View more presentations from Marisa Constantinides. Here is the link to my voicethread using a word cloud:…
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My Teaching Languages in a Virtual World Blog Posts

<![CDATA[Since the  Teaching Languages in a Virtual World Ning will soon be closing down, I have saved the posts related to some teaching experiences in Second Life here on this blog – mainly for the memory and some really interesting discussions following each post. You will be able to read them by downloading the pdf…
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Birthday Memories – Wallwishers are great!

<![CDATA[I loved my birthday wishes this year! Thanks to Shelly Terrell who was the instigator, my PLN gave me this wonderful memory of this special birthday. I was so thrilled at your words, music, images and thoughts that I wanted to save them all here and come back and look at them all again and…
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Braving it in the Virtual World: Being an Online Teacher

<![CDATA[This is a quick post to publish the links and some of the videos shown to the members of TESOL Greece who attended my talk on March 15. With apologies to readers who were not present at this talk (if this doesn’t make sense to them) In the first part of my talk we looked…
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Word for Word

<![CDATA[Panayotis used to be one of my Proficiency students. When I took over his class, he had already taken the examination twice… and failed both times. There were few words for which Panayotis could not provide synonyms, antonyms, but translation was his forte! Always keen to share his treasure trove, as he could so easily…
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Tech Tools & Pedagogy II – Word Clouds

<![CDATA[In this post, I am going to look at Wordle, Wordsift , Word it out and Word Mosaic and try to briefly compare them as I think they all have great potential for a variety of learning activities. This post was inspired by a great discussion in the SEETA course on EasyWeb 2.0 tools run…
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Tech Tools & Pedagogy I – ReadtheWords, Voki & Xtranormal

<![CDATA[My first post in the series is about three applications ReadtheWords in which an avatar speaks out a text you have pasted into a text box Voki which does the same but which also allows you to record your voice not xtranormal which allows only text to speech but which offers a range of animations.…
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