Upload student work, host important docs online, start using the cloud and more with Google docs. If teachers aren’t using this free resource, they need to get on it fast. Just sign up and you will know what I mean.
A list of sites voted most educational and accessible for kids.
When I was a 4th grade teacher math was sometimes a difficult subject to get across to my students. I developed a lot of strategies that improved student understanding and engagement. One strategy that was quite effective was the use of Powerpoints. Below is a list of Powerpoints, some of which I actually used years ago, that are quite useful and effective for math teachers and students alike.
Here is a guide to the Google features that many people don’t know about. You still have a flash drive? You must not be using Google docs. You have a cell phone and a TomTom? You need to read this.
Listen and repeat these irregular verbs. A great beginning activity.
I don’t know.
Here is a search skills test using Google and a timer to evaluate your mastery of internet searches. Think you are a Google master? Try the test…
Here is a link to an article on the importance of information literacy. Information literacy is the ability to navigate through the massive amount of information provided to us by search engines like Google. It is an essential skill that we are finding few people possess. It needs to be a c ore competency and as this article suggests, it is rarely emphasized as the essential skill that it is.
Here are links to some popular online resumes. The resumes are real world practice for ESL students building life skills.
Here is a link to the copyright laws for teachers.
Here is a useful list of terms ESL teachers need to know.
Search skills are an important asset in today’s world. Here is an instructional video for students to improve their search skills.
Here is a link to a great introduction to blogging in the classroom. If you are a newbie to classroom blogging this video is worth a look.
Screentoaster has been around for a couple of years now, but I thought a reminder of this easy to use free tool was in order. Give it a try and add lessons or presentations to your site in minutes.
Jing is the more widely used and a little more complicated screencasting tool. If you are more tech saavy you probably would be better off using Jing. If you need a screencast quickly and easily, then Screentoaster would be your best bet.
How are your search skills? I found Kermit in 49 seconds. Try it yourself…
Here is an interesting story about an ESL student that wrote a book in English.
TESLclips is a great resource for videos to use in an ESL classroom. With clips from sitcoms like Seinfeld and Home Improvement, this site is sure to be a big hit with students.
I taught a class today and was asked for advice on building vocabulary by one of the students. My advice was to learn the Latin and Greek roots of English. From around 100 frequently used roots a new ESL student could learn tens of thousands of new words. Here is a link to get you started.
LuLu.com is a great site and I haven’t talked about it in a while. It allows you to publish a book, CD or DVD by uploading files to the site. Once uploaded you can print one copy or one hundred copies. Of course you have to pay for the printed product in book form. The great thing about this site is that it publishes on demand. If there are only two customers, it only prints two books. No up front cost or leftover inventory of unsold books.
Give it a look and it might be just the tool you need for your first great novel
I ran across this fantastic page of grammar handouts and instructions. I immediately used the terms section with great success in a level 5 ESL class. It is a real gem of a resource for instructors looking for helpful handouts for grammar instruction.
www.careervoyages.gov is a resource for job market information. You can click on an industry, find out the jobs projected to be in demand in that industry and view the salaries by state. This is a good career planning tool.
This is a popular link for lesson ideas and worksheets for the ESL classroom. Many topics are covered and the worksheets are free, printable and in easy to use formats.
Here is a nice tool for flashcards. You can create your own set and study any topic you like. It would be a great tool for teachers that want to review before a test or a teacher could create a set of flashcards and host them on a class websites for students to study at home. I am going to use this site as I prepare for my upcoming graduate school exam. I will let you know how I do.
Keyboarding Skills are essential in todays technological environment. Here are some games students can use to sharpen this important first step in technology integration.
Excel has so many features it is hard to learn them all. Datapig is a site with free screencast tutorials on the most useful excel features. It is a great resource for anyone with data to organize and analyze. Datapig also has tutorials on Access and they are free. This would be a great way for someone applying for an office job to strengthen their computer skills.
This site is full of articles on topical events and issues written especially for ESL students. All of these articles are also available in MP3 format. Students can read along as they listen to the MP3 podcast, pausing or rewinding when necessary. VOA special English is a fun and effective way to increase vocabulary, improve pronunciation and sharpen reading skills.
VOA also has a link at the bottom of the page to Words and their stories which has short articles on various idioms in the English language. Words and Their Stories is available in MP3 format as well.
Do we need a punctuation mark for sarcasm?
Lessons for Living well is a great site for students to learn about eating healthy. Students at an intermediate ESL level can work independently and learn many new health vocabulary words.
With so many English Learning Sites out there, it’s important not to waste your time filtering out scam and advertising sites that care more about earning a dollar than helping students become fluent. The following sites have received the highest ratings from ESL students. They are all free. They are all high quality. Most importantly, they are all highly effective in helping students become fluent English speakers.
This site is used in primary schools throughout the United States. It is an excellent tool for developing a solid foundation of the English phonic and phoneme rules that are essential for a fluent English speaker.
A friend of mine showed me this site. It is for stutterers, but the content can be used with ESL students as well. See what you think..
If you are always trying to get organized by making lists, you are going to love www.pocketmod.com. It allows you to create and print small schedules. Here is a description from the site:
The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDAs are too expensive and cumbersome, and organizers are bulky and hard to carry around. Nothing beats a folded up piece of paper. That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner. The PocketMod is a small book with guides on each page. These guides or templates, combined with a unique folding style, enable a normal piece of paper to become the ultimate note card. It is hard to describe just how incredibly useful the PocketMod is. It’s best that you just dive in and create one.
Teachers new to the use of technology will find this site very useful. teachertraingvideos.com is a great site.
MakeUseOf.com is a fantastic site for keeping up to date on the latest technology tips and tricks. Over the holidays I wanted to create a CD of Christmas music and was having some difficulty with certain songs that I wanted to include in the compilation. I found all the answers to my questions in a guide on the MakeUseOf.com website about Internet Music. The site also has guides for internet search, BitTorrent, networks, iTunes and many more. Check out the complete list of guides for a convenient resource to most of your computer questions.
A large, nicely categorized list of links for the internet aficionado. If you do not know what these links are then you should check them out. A teacher can’t really be considered tech savvy if he/she doesn’t know what Stumbleupon or Vimeo is.