Showa ELC, or English Language and Communication, is our unofficial department website for students and community building. I’ll be posting any further tools for students over there, and tools for teachers here. I’ll be maintaining that web site too, so keep a look out for new stuff there. Set up your News [...]
Scrolling messages in a .gif picture
Some of you will end up making web pages for your students. This will liven up any message you have to send to them, such as a warning about a deadline or important information they need to see. It is called a screed. Try it, it only takes [...]
Get everyone across the river
This is supposed to be a Japanese IQ test, given to all students in Japan. The online version is like a game. I would guess many fail it, but the best thing about it is they could discuss between themselves in small groups, how to get everyone across the [...]
I’ve also recommended using an iPod for learning before, but here is a list of 100 things you can use with the iPod to make it work like a learning machine. All different kinds of ways.
Teaching with Twitter
I’ve recommended Twitter already, in Tool #53, but here is a long list of ideas about how to use twitter for learning and teaching.
Twitter is very, very popular these days. It is gaining in popularity in Japan. You post short messages about what you are doing thinking or discovering, and [...]
Pass the message in a chain
A simple mis-communication game. Remember “Telephone” or “Chinese Whispers?” This is done with a chain message like that, but online, and with pictures and writing instead of whispering in your neighbor’s ear. Broken Picture Telephone.
Students and Teachers meet online
Teaching is no longer tethered to geography. If I want to learn German, I can get a German teacher from Germany, living IN Germany right now. If I want to teach English to someone in Argentina, I put up my rate and other details at Myngle. Students find me [...]
Interviews for Podcasts
Doing interviews is an essential part of many podcasts. Podcast Academy explains in text or in audio how to make your interview interesting and successful. Then read James Fallows write in the Atlantic about how to give a good interview. He’s famous for it.
Learn Grammar with Movies
Great little site MSTAGG with short clips from recent movies used to teach grammar points. This is definitely upper intermediate though, but he has gone through the material and done a good job of presenting examples. The clips are sometimes too long, but you can further filter them if you [...]
Learn a new vocabulary item each day with an illustrative drawing, examples, explanations and lots of information about that word. Lots of fun at WeboWord.
Personal Learning Network
This site is not for students, it is for teachers. Every teacher nowadays needs a network of resources to keep pace with the advances in teaching and technology. Here they show you how to do it. Creating a Personal Learning Network involves finding and keeping track of valuable resources that you [...]
The Cutting Edge Classroom is a small blog by an educator with many ideas about using technology in the classroom. Here he talks about how to use PageFlakes and NetVibes, two of our recent tools.
Netvibes is another site where you can put together content from many other web pages without knowing how to make a web page. It is really easy, and, like PageFlakes, has a web community that discusses what is available and what works.
This is one of the most transparent web services I know. [...]
Have you ever wanted to put together lots of material from different web sites, and put it all on one page, so that students can access it easily? PageFlakes allows you to put together text, media and web pages all in one place. It is like your own content aggregator. (A content [...]
Make Videos for your Class
Digital StoryTelling is a great site created for a high school class in the US. The videos these students have made for class projects are really exceptional. This proves that the technology is cheap enough and good enough that now the only limitation is the imagination. This site helps [...]
TED is an annual conference of the best thinkers of our time. It has been going for 18 years and getting more and more popular. It has a famous deadline: no speech can be over 20 minutes. Here is what they say about TED at the website:
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. [...]
I use Google Translator for school memos, and it is good enough to get the gist of the meaning. But if you really want a good translation, you still need a human. Cucumis applies the Web 2.0 idea of people helping people. When you sign up, you can translate other people’s documents [...]
This is so frustrating. XLife is exactly what I am looking for. But it is not really available in Japan.
A simulation is a type of computer application that simulates real life. The first simulators were for airline pilots to learn how to fly without endangering the passengers. Will Wright’s SimCity and the [...]
Knowing how students and teachers are using technology in the classroom in the US is important knowledge for any advanced country. In some ways Japan is far ahead of the US. In infrastructure like fiber optic web connections, and price of Internet connections. The number of blog posts is higher here in Japan than the [...]
Create Flash Graphics
Using Adobe Flash as a software for making online activities is really hard. You have to buy the software, learn how to use it, and then think of kinds of activities. Fortunately, classtools.net helps you by offering an authoring tool. You can create flash activities for your web site, all without [...]