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Sunday, January 30, 2011


Xtranormal is a tool to make movies. The first couple of movies are free so it could be used for a one-off project. Fun and easy to use. The only negative thing I find is that you can't record your own voice and have to use one of the voices given to you. I can see a lot of possibilities for using xtranormal in my English classes with ESO level students. Here are two examples of short clips I have made.

An example of a short clip made by my 7 year old and I. She loved making it!

An Example from a student

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Bubblr is a great tool for adding text to your flickr images.  You can add your own photos to flickr and add text or choose from the photos in their database.  Students can make their own comic strips in minutes!


Monday, January 24, 2011


Students seem to love making their own avatars so why not have them practise their English whilst doing it.  I recently had students make avatars on practising the structure 'Present Continuous'.  They had to make the avatar, record a sentence about what they were doing or someone in their family were doing at that moment and send it to their teacher.  Not only are they practising their English; they are also using new tools technologies which are sure to help them with their blogging, facebook or personal websites.  They also feel motivated to do this type of task which is clearly important for their learning process.
Below is a link to one of my student's vokis:

Thursday, January 20, 2011


It's not very often that a teacher leaves a class hearing another student say to another, 'Today's class was great, you're going to love it!' This is precisely what happened today and it was after having a class using ''.  For those of you who are not familiar with Wordle, it's a great tool for making word clouds. I usually use it in the language class for vocabulary, however today I used it to show the grammar tense, '1st Conditional'.  I had previously made a wordle using sentences such as, 'If you have a headache, take an aspirin', 'If there is an earthquake, get under the table', etc... The students paired up and had find the 10 sentences that were hidden within the wordle.  They did it as a race and this seemed to inspire them more.  Once finished, they had to invent a few examples of their own and we proceeded in making our own class wordle of 1st Conditional.  We agreed on the font, colour, design, etc... and their wordle was published on the net in seconds!  They loved the fact that others would be able to see their work.  For homework, each pair had to make their own wordle using their own examples that they did in class.  All in all, it was an inspiring class and the students were enthusiastic about using this tool for their own personal purposes.
* A word of advise:  Remember to print out your wordle or copy and paste it onto another document (I use the notebook cutting tool).  Wordle doesn't have a search box and it's practically impossible to find your wordle once you've exited the program.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Prezi is a great presentation tool which is very easy and intuitive to use.  I use prezis to make up presentations for my students on whichever topic we are learning at the moment.  I often have my students make presentations for homework too.  They love using it and even more, showing their presentations to the rest of the class.  I try not to focus on their spelling or grammatical mistakes.  I'm just happy to get them writing in English!
Here are some examples of two prezis; one of my own and one of my students.


Motivating teenagers is no easy feat.  Integrating cool tools into the classroom or as homework can sometimes do the trick.  If you have any tips for motivating your teens, post them here!