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Web2.0 tools for languages teaching (writing)

Kristyn Paul Project Manager Languages R-12


Teaching & Learning Services

4th FloorEducation Centre31 Flinders StreetAdelaide SA 5000

What this presentation will cover …

Web 2.0 tools for the languages classroom

Writing tools:




Fun with written texts: Wondersay/Newspaper clipping generator

Xtranormal: http://www.xtranormal.com

  • The website claims “If you can type, you can make movies…”

  • Students select the characters, setting and language for the digitised speech (male & female voices) and then type the text (or cut and paste from a pre-prepared Word document).

  • They then select the camera angles and put in actions.

  • The finished movie can be embedded in a website or uploaded to uTube.

  • Unfortunately it now costs “points” to publish movies. New subscribers get 300 points free

Storybird: http://storybird.com/

  • Storybirds are short, visual stories that you make to share.

  • About Storybird: http://storybird.com/books/about-us-a-peek-inside-storybird/

  • Look at some Storybirds that have been written already in a range of languages: http://mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com/

StoryJumper: http://www.storyjumper.com/

  • Storyjumper is another story making site.

  • It is popular with users because they have control over many of the visual elements. Stories can include:

    • a range of supplied backgrounds,

    • clip art images

    • The writer’s own photos or drawings

  • The help pages have support for teachers and the create link has a useful step by step guide to writing your first story.

Wondersay: http://www.wondersay.com/

  • With Wondersay, you can animate any type of sentence.

  • Wondersayings are easy to create, customise and share.

  • There are no software programs to download and no sign-up required.

  • Have a brief chat with people at your site to discuss uses of Wondersay in the languages classroom.

Newspaper clipping generator: http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp

  • At this website students can write an authentic looking newspaper article in the target language.

  • Once they've generated the clipping they can download it as a jpeg file to insert in a document.

Where to from here?

  • Try out some of the tools in the time remaining in this PL session:

    • Go to Kris Paul’s wiki and click on CENTRA presentationshttp://web2-4languageteachers.wikispaces.com/

  • Enrol in the DECS Web2 tools Moodles:

    • Go to http://dlb.sa.edu.au/csmoodle

    • Click on Languages. You will then be prompted for your user name & password (or register if you haven’t done so already).

    • Click on the second of the ICT courses –Web 2 tools for Languages Teaching. You will be prompted for an enrolment key. This is web2tools2 – lower case, no spaces.

    • Work through the course at your own pace, completing the activities as you go along. The writing tools in this presentation are outlined in topics 5 and 6.

  • Next CENTRA event

    • Further CENTRA sessions are planned for later this term:

      • Web 2.0 tools that support students in listening and tools that assist with developing vocabulary.

    • These and additional sessions will be offered again in term 1 2012.

    • Your Language Centre Key Teacher will invite you to attend some of these sessions.

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