Exploiting two computer-based RPGs

Nik Peachey

In this article I’d like to look at how we could use two computer based RPGs (Role playing games) as the basis for language development. The two RPGs that I’m suggesting you use are both very similar and very different.

Looking at There.com

Nik Peachey

For a while now I’ve been a fan of the virtual 3D world There.com.

Make you own animated movies

Nik Peachey

D- film is a really useful website that has been around for a few years now. The site makes it very easy to create short animated movies with colourful characters and cartoon style dialogue in bubbles. (Be

Interactive multiple choice activities

Nik Peachey

This is the third part in a series that I’m writing on how to use word processors to create computer-based materials. This one looks at how we can create interactive multiple choice activities using 'dropdown' menus. Multiple choice must be one of the most common question types in the history of education. I’m sure we all answered them when we were at school and we have all given these question types to our students.

3B Village 3D browser

Nik Peachey

I spotted 3B Village about a year ago and initially I was impressed, but some recent developments have, I feel, put this on the map as a really useful educational tool. What is 3B Village? 3B Village is an amazing cross between a 3D virtual chat room and a web browser. Using the free software you can visit or create your own 3D rooms which have walls lined with webpages that you can click on to visit.

Create your own game

Nik Peachey

This is something that caught my eye last week. I just couldn't resist adding a feature about it here, though I think this does come with some warnings and reservations. Pictogame.com is a website which enables you to create your own games very easily with just a few easy steps. All you need to do is: upload a picture, select the part of it you want to show choose a game type add in a title and description. Then you simply click to see the completed game.

Making quizzes for i-pod

Nik Peachey

With the growth in interest in mobile learning and the ubiquitous nature of the i-pod among our younger (and increasingly older) students this piece of software looks like a really useful tool we can use to extend learning beyond the classroom. The software I’m referring to is I-Quiz Maker. You can download I-Quiz Maker for free at: [link] Once you’ve installed it you can make quizzes using either True / False question types or Multiple Choice questions.

Teacher Training Videos

Nik Peachey

Over the last few weeks I’ve been exploring some of the content on Russell Stannard’s [link] website. The videos aren’t pedagogical type classroom videos of teachers working with students, as you might at first assume from the title, but are video tutorials which show how to use various software and websites to develop your teaching. What’s on the site The site is aimed at ELT teachers who are interested in developing their technology skills for teaching purposes.

Interactive presentations

Nik Peachey

I’ve just been looking at a really interesting on line tool called Voicethread. What's Voicethread? Voice thread enables users to create online presentations using their own images. It also allows the creator to add audio or written text to the images and give access to other people to leave audio or text comments on the presentation. This is a really nice way of creating presentations that can interact and create dialogue with an online audience. Here’s a couple that I’ve created.

Creating an interactive cloze text

Nik Peachey

This is the second part in a series of tutorials based around using word processors to create interactive and multimedia materials. This tutorial looks at how you can use a word processor to create a close text - also known as a 'gap fill'- that users can interact with on their computer. This is quite a common type of activity that we use in the classroom. The students usually do it in a book and then the teacher tells them the answers.

Phonology can be fun and free

Nik Peachey

Phonetics Focus is a really wonderful new free resource produced by Cambridge English Online Ltd. Basically it is a collection of interactive multimedia Flash based games and resources that can be accessed through the CEO website at [link] What is it? In all there are almost 20 different interactive tools all accessible through the one page.

Creating a mobile phone website

Nik Peachey

With the growth in interest in mobile and handheld learning, I thought I’d investigate one of the many new Web 2.0 type start ups that are offering free (at the moment at least) services for setting up websites and web based communities to be accessed on mobile phones and other mobile devices. The one I’ve started with is a service called Winksite.

Materials design for Virtual Worlds

Nik Peachey

I was recently lucky enough to be invited to give a presentation on course and materials design for Second Life at the SLanguages 2007 virtual conference (June 23rd 2007) which took place on the Edunation Island in Second life. The conference itself was a fascinating event and the experience of presenting a conference paper within a virtual world to an audience of avatars was certainly a new and novel one for me.

MS Word tutorial 1: Adding ‘comments’

Nik Peachey

This is the first in what I hope will become a series of tutorials on exploiting the teaching / learning potential of some of the more common desktop applications like MS Word. Like many people I’m a regular user of this application and it’s probably the one I use most, with the exception of my web browser. Despite the amount of time I have spent using it, I’m often surprised to discover another useful toolbar or technique that I can use to make life easier or my teaching more effective.

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Subtitling your video clips

Nik Peachey

I’ve just been looking at a really excellent Beta site called Dot Sub The site is an interesting adaptation of the Youtube model. People can upload videos (up to 300Mb) and share them among limited groups or with everyone. What’s really interesting though about Dot Sub is that it is aimed at subtitling and translation for people with hearing problems. The video tool allows you to input subtitles beneath the clip. These can either be translations or transcriptions.

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Teaching English in Second Life

Nik Peachey

Over the past few weeks I've been pretty busy teaching my first English students on a Business English course I have been developing for Second Life. The experience has been pretty daunting with myself and the students having to come to terms with the complexities of the user interface and I have felt at times that my fifteen years of 'real world' classroom experience and the subconscious habits and reflexes that I developed over that period have totally deserted me.

Voice in Second Life

Nik Peachey

Over the last couple of weeks I've been trying out the new voice client for Second Life and despite a few remaining bugs with voice groupings it seems to work pretty well. It is sensitive to distance and location! If you turn around while someone is speaking to you, it really does sound like they are behind you etc.

Creating an Online Classroom

Nik Peachey

The Nicenet Classroom Assistant is a really useful tool which enables teachers to very quickly and simply create their own virtual learning environment. I’ve been using this with various classes and groups of teachers for the last 7 or 8 years and it has remained reliable, stable, safe and free. Features The VLE it creates has a number of useful features.

Developing screencast tutorials

Nik Peachey

There's a very handy web based tool called Screencast-o-matic that I've just spotted. If you go to the website and simply click on 'Create' you should be able to record and make movies of your on screen activity. This isn't anything new as there are quite a few software tools that you can either buy or download to do this, but what's good about this tool as that it all works through the web page and also allows you to create an account and save your screencasts online.

Exam Practice

Nik Peachey

I’ve just been doing some writing work for a really useful site called Exam English. The site specialises in providing information and free practice materials for a variety of English language exams including IELTS, TOEFL and the range of Cambridge exams. The practice materials are mostly Flash based and are interactive. They test a range of skills and grammar, and you get the results at the end as well as the chance to review your answers.

Creating audio-visual monologues

Nik Peachey

Flipz TV is a really useful piece of free software for creating entertaining audio-visual materials. The software enables you to record your own audio monologues and lip-sync them with a choice of animated talking heads. It then turns them into small Flash files which can be run in a web browser. These can be put on the Internet, run form your computer desktop, or the Flash files can even be delivered to mobile phones. Here’s an example that I created using a Sonnet (130) by William Shakespeare.

Pronunciation videos

Nik Peachey

This is a useful site if you are teaching pronunciation. Though it could take some time to load the first time you use it. There is a phonemic chart which has small audio clips of the phonemes along with video clips that show the mouth movements as the sounds are made. (Be Be warned, this is quite a big file) Open pronunciation chart You simply click on the mouth and then watch and listen.

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UNICEF: Top 10 Cartoons for Children’s Rights

Nik Peachey

This is a site I spotted a while back and was really impressed by. UNICEF are creating lots of rich media to get their message across and the whole of the site is worth exploring if you are looking for materials to help you tackle some more controversial issues. What's on the site? This is one page I found really useful. On this page you can find 10 really useful short video cartoons which depict the various rights of children.

BBC online media training

Nik Peachey

I’ ve just seen that the BBC has released a lot of its own internal staff training courses and made them available free online at: [link] What's on the site? I’ ve had a look through the courses and they really are good, especially if you want to work with audio for podcasts or video for projects. Some of them are very short, so even if you only have 10 – 15 mins to spare you can still get some development from them.

Sitemap

Nik Peachey

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TeacherTube

Nik Peachey

I've just been having a look at TeacherTube , the new video sharing website designed specifically for teachers. I think this is a potentially really useful resource. It enables teachers to upload and share videos, either publicly, with anyone who visits the site or privately in 'groups'. The groups feature enables you to limit who can see your videos and could be really useful if you only wanted to share specific videos with your students.

How Classroom Furniture Has Evolved in the Last Decade

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Since 2007, flexible and collaborative learning spaces have been on the rise. Classroom Collaboration Personalized Learning

How Districts Can Inform EdTech Companies to Make Better Products

Education Elements

I was involved in two important decisions in 2007 while serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Maine Township High School District 20 in Illinois. Innovation often requires leading, not following, in technology advancement. First, needing a new Director of Technology to help us advance technology into an essential role to improve learning, I hired a talented young man named Dr. Hank Thiele. Leaders

A Look Back: Intriguing New Study On “Student Engagement” & How To Define It

Larry Ferlazzo

Department of Education, 2007; Wong et al., 2003; Nichols & Berliner, 2007)….Though During this month, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

Intriguing New Study On “Student Engagement” & How To Define It

Larry Ferlazzo

Department of Education, 2007; Wong et al., 2003; Nichols & Berliner, 2007)….Though Ah, “student engagement.” ” A phrase used often (see The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement ), but its meaning can vary.

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Lockheed Martin Gives $800,000 to Denver Public Schools to Expand STEM

The Journal

Since 2007, Lockheed Martin has committed $6 million to expand Project Lead the Way programs in school districts nationally Lockheed Martin is investing $800,000 in Denver Public Schools (DPS) to expand STEM programming and education.

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The International Day for Biological Diversity Is On May 22nd – Here Are Related Resources

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2007 Olly Boyo , Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio. May 22nd, has been named The International Day for Biological Diversity by the United Nations. Started in 2006 by the U.S. Congress, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday of May.

Cinco de Mayo Is In A Few Weeks – Here Are Related Resources

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2007 Gail Williams , Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio. Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, commemorates the defeat of the French by the Mexican Army in 1862. It’s a holiday in some parts of Mexico, and is celebrated by Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans in the United States.

How to Write a Resume: 20 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Job Search

TeacherCast

Your resume in 2018 looks completely different than it did in 2007 and yet, has the format really changed? What is a resume. it's the age old question that everyone has an answer for, but yet nobody has the right answer.

PBL, Special Needs, and the Secondary Classroom

P21 Blogazine

MNTHS) in Manor, TX is a Project Based Learning (PBL) public school that first opened in August 2007. Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 3. Driving Question: How can we secondary teachers design PBL instruction so that ALL learners succeed? Manor!New!Tech!High!School!(MNTHS) School!(MNTHS)

10 Emerging Technology Predictions That Were Ridiculously, Famously Wrong

EmergingEdTech

– Steve Balmer, Microsoft CEO, April, 2007 We Consistently Over-Estimate the Impact of Technology in the Short run, and Under-Estimate its Long Term Impact As I prepare for a plenary speech at.

Here’s How You Can Help Parent Refugees & The Children Who Have Been Separated From Them

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2007 Alexander Baxevanis , Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio.

STEM For One, STEM For All

P21 Blogazine

Our school was founded in 2007. Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 9. This two part post describes the critical features that have made this P21 Exemplar School one of the best STEM Schools in the nation.

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The Changing Roles of Teachers: What Research Indicates. Part I of II

P21 Blogazine

When we think of the classroom teacher's roles and responsibilities, most likely planning instruction, delivering instruction, assessing student learning, and managing the classroom environment come to mind (Stronge, 2007). Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 3. Driving Question: How Do Changing Times Impact the Description of Teacher Effectiveness?

HASHTAGS CAN EMPOWER TEACHING

techlearning

The ubiquitous hashtag, which first appeared on Twitter in 2007, is now also used on Facebook, Instagram, GooglePlus, and other social media platforms, and is part of the language of social media.

Free Webinar On “Equitably Grading ELs” – March 19th

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2007 pseudoplacebo , Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio. Though I might have more questions than I have answers, I’ll still be helping Diane Staehr Fenner in a free Webinar on March 19th 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) on “Equitably Grading ELs.”

PODCAST: How do Americans who fought segregation feel about our nation’s schools now?

The Hechinger Report

In 2007, another Supreme Court ruling made it illegal for school districts to prioritize racial balance when deciding who gets to enroll in what school. Jones told APM producers back in 2007 that people who oppose busing ignore the sacrifice her generation made. In 1954, the U.S.

A Look Back: Providing Computers & Home Internet Access To Immigrant Families

Larry Ferlazzo

The project was the winner of the 2007 International Reading Association’s Presidential Award for Reading and Technology. This blog has gotten many new readers over the past year.