Technology and education specialists must read this guy’s site. Very interesting.
Storycorps is a project aimed at “Providing Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives.” The site created for Storycorps allows visitors to listen to these wonderful interviews of the everyday American.
This site is my favorite place to find teaching ideas for ESL classes. It has many topics and printable worksheets. ESLFLOW.COM
This is a great resource for ESL students. It is a great tool for assimilation. I have noticed many students aren’t aware of cultural figures that I mistakenly assumed everyone had heard of. Just this week I mentioned Albert Einstein and discovered almost a third of my class had never heard of him. I hope you find Factmonster useful.
My favorite site and the site that introduced me (along with many others) to the possibilities of computers in education!
This site has a lot of teaching resources. The link here goes directly to a section where you can download an entire series of books full of ESL worksheets. You don’t have to print each 200 page book, just browse through it and print what you like.
Prepositions can be troublesome for beginning ESL students. The link below provides elementary practice on the basic prepositions in English. It is a self-directed activity excellent for computer labs serving beginning ESL learners. It begins with a quick lesson and is followed by three quizzes. It encompasses listening, reading and visual recognition. Just another tool in your English Learning bag of tricks.
Here is a nice site I stumbled across while searching for ESL listening exercises.
Here a nice site from the Milipitas ESL Computer Lab with some activities for CASAS tests organized by test number. There are many other resources teachers will find useful as well.
When Kurt Vonnegut was asked for advice to new writers he said, ” Never use a semicolon.”
Fear no more! Here is a detailed and illustrated explanation of the most feared punctuation on earth.
Resume Companion is a very user-friendly resume builder that works great for ESL students. They input the information and the formatting and writing is completed automatically.
Don’t have time to make one? Well, on authorstream you can find presentations, in high quality, on a number of subjects. Just download the presentation and save it on your computer. It’s yours!
Here is a link to ITESL. This is a great resource for ESL technology links. There are so many useful links on so many topics I will refrain from trying to describe the massive compilation available and let you explore for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
O.K., I stole that line from an article. The article link is below. I had to share it because I am a WordPress convert. After using Blogger, DevHub, Wikispaces, Edublogs and so many more website builders, WordPress has proven to be the best. So here is an article by a guy that agrees with me.
My English Images has some nice worksheets on a variety of ESL topics. They are all free and printable. They have attractive graphics as well.
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.
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.