30 Mar 2016

Web 2.0 tools for teaching

When I was a child, I had a book, a dictionary and a notebook for studying English. Nothing else. Things have changed a lot from then. Yes, we live in a digital age and our students have been born in that one. So, how can we cope with this reality? Using digital tools and making them alive in our English lessons. For Primary beginner’s teachers, I should recommend to have contact with some basic tools:

  • Audacity. It is free and it is useful for recording and editing sounds.
  • Tellagami. A useful app for teachers and CS students. They all can have in their mobile phone and use it whenever they consider. Easy to download and easy to use.
  • PictureTrail. It is a social network that allows members and visitors to share photos online in a different way. Visit it and see how many things and albums
  • Pinterest will help you with lots of ideas and images. Snap and add them to your personal account. There is a huge amount of teachers following interesting ones.  Try it and see how your imagination shines searching for new ideas for your lessons.
  • Picasa.This google tool allows you to share your pictures and create slide shows for your blogs or web pages. 
  • Drive. It is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online.
  • Blogs. Do you use a blog at your school for English lessons? If your answer is negative, try to give you a chance and find out more about that tool. Start by choosing an easy one for you to work in so that it will allow you to make things easier for children and families. A learning dissemination is alive because English arrives at home and allows children check and share some activities. Families will see how their kids are improving the language. I am a blogger and I am at a different place professionally and personally if I compare myself 20 years ago. I’m not at all special, but I’ve managed to promote my school and myself because of my passion to share and help you, as an English teacher.  If you decide to have a personal blog, you can share information and best practices. Do not doubt, it is a useful tool.
  • Internet Archive. You can record children and upload to the web. You can embed them in your blog or web page for your pupils to listen to. 
  • Voki. Voki is a free service that allows you to createpersonalised speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.
  • Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool that makes it simple to organize your best on line resources in the cloud. You have all your favorite websites categorized as you decide.
  • Pinterest, which is blocked at many schools, save an image and the website address to the proper folder or to your personal blog so when you are lesson planning for a particular topic, it will literally be there.                           
    As you can see, there are lots of interesting websites and blog ideas.  Our age is a digital one, so try to use the ones that are useful and practical for you. I should say..."keep calm and try your best". Hope that this information has been useful for you. Good luck with them! 

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