Carl Heine: Elearning Architect

Technology and education specialists must read this guy’s site. Very interesting.

Dr. Carl Heine


California Career Zone

 This is a great resource for researching careers, gathering information about those careers and finding colleges that offer courses of study required for those careers. It also has a job listing section and some tools to figure out how much you need to earn to live the life you dream of.

Storycorps for Listening

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.


Short Biographies of over 30,000 people

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.

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English Banana

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.

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Prepositions for Beginners

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.

Beginning Prepositions

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WordPress is the Future of the Internet

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.

WordPress Is Fantastico!

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Google docs for teachers

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.

Google for Teachers

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Powerpoints for math

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.

Math Powerpoint

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Create a Screencast

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.

Videos as an ESL tool

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.


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Latin Roots

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.

Latin Roots

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Publish Your Own Book 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


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Great Grammar Page

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.

Grammar Terms

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