This has been cross-posted from Storyteller.
Thanks to Judith @brightideasblog for the Storybird tip.
Storybird is a very easy way of creating an e-story using picture sets shared by various artists. It’s easy and it’s cool.
This would be an enjoyable writing exercise in the English, LOTE or ESL classroom.
Once you have an account, you can browse existing stories or just click createand write your own.
I whipped one up in a matter of minutes (so it’s not great) but it looks good! You can read my story here. Once you choose an artist, you just drag the pictures you like onto your page, then keep creating (or deleting) pages until you’ve finished.
You can write your own story or collaborate with a friend.
If you scroll down this page, you can search images by theme.
I like the way you can use somebody’s shared art. The artist I chose is Dwell Deep (Sam) and you can read a little about her here. She has a website and a blog. It’s a good feeling to have created a story in collaboration with an artist.
This is a nifty little application I can imagine would make language learning fun.
Joe Dale (October 11) put me onto the Animate application for language learning on Jose Picardo’s blog
In the About section of his blog, Box of Tricks, Jose Picardo explains the role of technology in student learning:
Technology has been demonstrated to be a powerful motivator, helping to increase confidence and thereby encourage learning. Technology catalyses pupils’ interest, helping to establish an atmosphere conducive to learning and achieving.
Knowing how to make the most of the available technology is an essential skill for teachers to acquire in an age where pupils’ learning expectations are changing radically. Technology ensures that education remains relevant in our students’ increasingly digital lives.
Box of Tricks is full of great ideas for language teachers. Apart from ‘Animate your homework’ some of the many ideas include:
Using Animoto to promote speaking;
Podcasting in 5 easy steps;
Assessing with video: giving students control;
Edmodo: microblogging for the classroom;
Seeqpod: the easy way to take music to your classroom or blog;
Top 5 tips for creating resources for the interactive whiteboard;
Top 10 tips for using technology in your classroom;
Using Voki and a blog in a sequence of 3 lessons;
Wordle: using word clouds in a lesson;
Free comicstrip-creating website …. and much more!
Another great blog for language teachers is Nik Peachy’s Learning technology teacher development blog. Just have a look at his topics in the right-hand navigation. You’ll find exactly what you need for enjoyable and engaging language learning lessons, whether it’s a 5 minute fix or a new application you can add to your repertoire.
If you’re a language teacher and you think that you can’t use much technology in your lessons, think again!