Post #8 Featured Five
Welcome to blog post #8. The purpose of this blog is to highlight apps and/or websites that can be used to enhance teaching and/or student learning. Everything on this site is free for educational use.
This post features Telligami (iPad and Android app to create avatars and 30 seconds of audio), 72 Google Drive Shortcuts You Should Know (a blog post by Jenny Kessman), 21st Century Schools (a website for professional development and ideas for teaching and learning), 5 YouTube Channels for English Language Learners (videos and resources for teachers and students of English language learning), THE GOORU (blog for all things Google).
For each entry, I will answer the following questions:
- What is the app or website?
- Who is/are the primary users?
- How can it be used in the lesson? Or, how could it be used as professional development?
Sometimes, I will also include a tutorial to show you how to use the app or website. This may be a YouTube video, a pdf handout, or a screencast that I have created. I want this blog to be as user-friendly as possible. I know teachers do not have a lot of time to learn new technologies so I want to streamline that process.
Finally, I encourage feedback. Please let me know if and how you use the featured apps or sites. It is only through continued conversation that we can try to keep up with the ever-changing world of education. Also, if you have any websites or apps that you would like for me to investigate, find, or create tutorials please let me know.
What: App for iPad or Android tablet. Users create avatars and a 30 second message called a “gami”. This is saved in the camera roll. You can import a picture for the background (this might be a picture of your classroom) or you can use the backgrounds provided. Messages can be recorded by voice or can be written and the voice will be computer generated.
Who: Teachers of all ages. Most students of all ages.
Give instructions (possibly when you have a substitute)
Flipping the classroomL
Any situation where student would give a verbal report or presentation
- More Resources
YouTube Telligami Channel
Tutorial (en español)
What: Post on the Imagine Easy Solutions Blog by Jenny Kessman (8/3/15). The post shows keyboard shortcuts on Google Docs for:
- Creating New Items
- Paragraph Formatting
- Images and Drawing
- Comments and Footnotes
- Text Formatting
- Time and Numbers
- Inserting/Deleting Rows or Columns
Who: Anyone who uses Google Docs
How: The shortcuts can be used for personal use and can also be taught to students who are learning to use Google Docs.
3 Five YouTube Channels for English Language Learners
What: Videos to help people who want to learn English. The following are samples of videos found on each of the channels. If you want to see more videos, subscribe to the channel.
- BBC Learning English– New videos everyday. They include grammar, drama, news, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews, and celebrity videos.
- ESL Basics– This is a quick vocabulary builder. Features vocabulary, idioms, and phrasal verbs.
- Speak English with Steve Ford– Especially helpful for improving conversation skills, studying for TOEFL or studying business English
- Learn English with Let’s Talk– These videos are coming from India. They stress correct grammar usage, idioms, phrases, and vocabulary.
- Jennifer ESL– This site is geared towards beginners. It is like having free online instruction with an experienced teacher.
b. English with Jennifer web site (select the English Students tab)
a. Web site for Useful links and Resources
b. Blog for teaching ideas, tips and links
How: Students can use the videos and web site for extra practice. Teachers can find new ideas for helping their students.
What: Website that covers the following topics:
- 21st Century Skills
- Web 2.0 and new social communities
- “School”, “Teacher”, “Learner”, and “Curriculum” for the 21st Century
- After school matters
- Discussion of the purpose of education
The site provides links to:
- Dangerously Irrelevant Blog
- Critical Attributes of 21st Century Education
- Multiple Literacies for the 21st Century
- A Day in the Life of a Student
- A Day in the Life of a Future Teacher
- Green Peace Projects
- An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
Who: Educators (Teachers and administrators of all grade levels)
How: Professional development and ideas for teaching and learning
What: A website/blog that provides everything you would want to know about Google products, apps, tools, etc. You can also sign up to be on a mailing list to receive information about Free Webinars (like Google Apps Bootcamp) or other information and ideas. This is an example of a post: 14 More Google Search Tricks You Didn’t Know Existed
This post discusses the following things you can do with Google Search such as these (and more):
- Search for best prices for airfares
- Graph functions (in place of TI-83)
- Conversion calculator (measurements, distances, etc.)
- Find lyrics to songs
- Schedule a power nap
- Find times in other parts of the world
- Convert large numerals to English
Who: Anyone who uses Google search, apps, Drive, Gmail or any other Google product.
How: Mostly used for professional development. Much of the information can be applied to lesson, administrative tasks, and personal use.