A free tool for putting together a story using photos and adding your
Ways to Tell a Story
Are you looking for technological ideas for telling stories in another
language? Here are 50 of them.
You can take pictures and make them talk in a JibJab mouth style for
free. An easy, fun way for kids to tell their stories.
Type in a tag of some kind and this site will pick 20 random photos
from Flickr about that tag and show them for 20 seconds each. This
could be a fun game in teams to see how much students could say about
a series of photos. The timing and number of photos can be changed
in the advanced options.
If you have MS PowerPoint 2007 or 2010, you can download this FREE
plugin and create presentations that allow your entire class to interact
with it. Your students use wireless mice to click on activities or
answer questions. It requires a USB hub with enough slots for each
wireless mouse USB plug (probably two or three hubs, depending on
how many students are going to participate) and the wireless mice.
That's it! Seriously! Soooo cool!
A way of making interactive 3-D pop-up books. The basic account is
free, but it's pretty limited. The pay account allows you to record
your own voice and download the story to play without an Internet
The free account allows you to make 10 videos each month. Combines
video and PowerPoint for a recording. The pay account has more features.
You might have seen the commercials on TV that were done with Xtranormal.
The teacher version is $10 plus 50 cents per student. Individual accounts
are free, but limited.
A free way to create word clouds. Type in a text or the words you
want and Wordle will put them into a visually interesting format.
Accents do work in this, but not all language characters will (French,
Spanish, and German are fine...I didn't check others).
A free way of collecting media from different websites about a specific
topic and putting it together in one place.
Lots of different free tools a teacher can use like Quiz Star, RubiStar,
and even Classroom Architect when you need a floor plan for your classroom.
$30 for a year, but allows unlimited access to worksheet makers, rubric
makers, puzzle worksheet makers, bingo makers, etc.
Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning
out of Michigan State University. A free source for setting up video
or audio assessments or assignments for students. Also podcasting,
quizzes and handwriting practice. All designed specifically for
Easily make different types of quizzes and practice activities for
your students. Free for students to practice. If you want to make
your own activities it's $50 a year.
Build your own Jeopardy game template (not PowerPoint) or use games
others have made.
This is a great video to show your students to illustrate how poorly
online translators work and the crazy things it can make you say inadvertently.
(Note there are a couple of bad words.)
Rosetta Stone replace language teachers?
Here's a statement from the Indiana Department of Education that indicates
their opinion that Rosetta Stone should not be used as the sole source
of instruction in a foreign language classroom.
An easy and useful site for kids to make their own comics! They
can write in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
or Latin. When the students finish with their creations, they can
print them out.