Connect with English is a website for English language teachers. It helps students learn the language in different contexts. It is a story of Rebecca Casey, a young woman who lives in Boston. It has 48 episodes under four differet sections. Videos are very engaging. Every episode includes interactive activities. Also, the website is free. You can integrate the videos into your plans according to your topics.
Canva is a tool for teachers and students to create posters, cards, infographics, certificates. It allows students to use their creativity to show their knowledge.It is very popular website, which has milions of users around the World. In the website, there are millions of images and also you can upload your own pictures and images, as well. Furthermore, photos can be edited by using filters or advanced edit tools. Free icons and shapes with different fonts can be used for your designs. It is available in eight different languages. I usually use it to design my own certificates for kids and give assignments to students to create multimedia posters in some specific topics. Continue reading
Wizer.me is an online platform for teachers to create interactive worksheets. It allows teachers to create quickly different types of questions; open questions, multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank etc. The content depends on teachers. For example, I prepare vocabulary quizzes for my EFL classrooms. Students enjoy it. Teachers can add different themes and background pictures to worksheets, which makes it fun for studens. Teachers can also put videos and multimedia materials to worksheets easily. It can be assigned to students via Google Classroom ,Edmodo a link or a code. If you prepare the answers beforehand, papers are automatically marked , which saves time for teachers.
Google Classroom is a website for teachers and students. It takes some of the work from classes to online platform. It allows teachers to create classes and add students in the website and creat quizes, send homeworks or announcements online. It’s going to let teachers have more time in classes. It is a kind of flipped classroom. It has a really useful and easy interface. You can easily add students, send assignments, check them, switch classes etc. Also, apps for mobile phones are available. For more detailed information about how to use it, you should watch the video below.
Films and TV shows are effective tools for teachers to teach English when used properly. They have so many advantages for ESL, EFL classes. First of all, they are very motivating and entertaining. Continue reading
Raz-Kids is a website that includes hundreds of leveled ebooks with e-quizzes. . Students have to listen to the books first, then read them and lastly record their voices. Online Records let teachers digitally assess each student, saving valuable classroom time. All books are available 24/7 via the Web. Students can practice reading anytime, anywhere. Teachers can make assignments and track student progress with online assessments and student recordings. Viewing reports is simple, for individuals, classrooms, schools and even districts! Continue reading
This app lets you create amazing classroom communities with students and parents. Teachers can communicate with parents and students privately- no need to exchange phone numbers. You can give feedback to students for any skill like “Working Hard” and “Being Respectful”. Students also can share their works. Teachers can get parents involved by sharing photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments. I personally as a teacher use this app and I saw that everything gets easier. Parents and students can check everything about the lessons.
For a few weeks, I have been in some conferences in ELT. I participated so many sessions about education, technology, classroom management etc. It seems to me that in the future we will be talking mostly about using technology effectively. One of the tool and method that I really like is Flipped Classroom. I think It’s going to be more popular in the future. Flipped Classroom is delivering instruction online and moving “homework” to the classroom.
– Teachers creat videos about concept of the lecture for about 5-7 minutes.
– Send them to students online( Edmodo, Moodle, Google Classroom) and let Ss learn it at their own pace before coming to the classroom. They can stop or rewatch the video.
– Teachers can spend time differently and effectively, They can do more activities and play more games in the flipped classroom.
Hemingwayapp is a web tool which makes your writing better. It is easy to use. You can copy and paste your writing. It shows you which sentence is too long, which one is hard to understand with different colours.
I think the website is efficient for people that love writing and want to improve.
This week’s assignment is Puzzlemaker. I think this is one of the most necessary projects because Vocabulary teaching is vital in education. Rather than using a stereotyped vocabulary teaching, we can use this website and prepare something different. There are ten diffrent puzzle types. I chose two of them which are “Double puzzles” and ” Word Search “.
This week’s project is evaluation of a webquest. It was a extra ordinary project. I thought much on this projoect. There are two famous websites that are Zunal and Questgarden. I believe webquesting can be hard tool for teachers and students because Turkish students can have difficulty in understanding so teacher have to tailor this project to studenst.But, if they can handle this project, It can be beneficial for students and they can enjoy it.
My webquest is about Australia from Zunal. Students can learn about the cities and the capital of Australia thanks to this project
Motivational effectiveness of Introduction: We can see what is going to come or what I am going learn after finishing the project clearly and shortly, There is also a picture of Kangaroo which resprensts Australia. 2/2
Cognitive Effectiveness of the Introduction : The introduction makes some reference to learner’s prior knowledge and previews to some extent what the lesson is about. 1/2
Connection of Task to Standards: The task is referenced to standards and is clearly connected to what students must know and be able to do to achieve proficiency of those standards. 4/4
Cognitive Level of the Task: Task is doable but is limited in its significance to students’ lives. The task requires analysis of information and/or putting together information from several sources.3/6
Clearity of Process: Some directions are given, but there is missing information. Students might be confused. 2/4
Scaffolding of Process: Strategies and organizational tools embedded in the process are insufficient to ensure that all students will gain the knowledge needed to complete the task.
Some of the activities do not relate specifically to the accomplishment of the task. 3/6
Richness of Process: Few steps, no separate roles assigned 0/4
Resources: There aren’t any resources.So, we can understand that students have to find resources. This can be difficult for students. 0 Point
Evaluation: Criteria for success are not described. 0 Point
Total 15/ 50 😦
Edmodo is a free tool that you can use as a teacher and student. It has 33 milion users on average. As a teacher, one can assign homeworks, create quizes, share links. It is also easy to use as it is similiar to facebook in terms of its interface. Moreover, one can easily sign as both a teacher and a student. You can observe more here.