PollEverywhere is an online service that lets your audience interact with your live presentation using their web browsers, or mobile phones. You can also insert the polls into your PowerPoint presentations or web pages. The poll that is embedded there will be update in real time.
Dropbox is a free file hosting service that helps you keep your files safe, synced and accessible from anywhere. According to Dropbox, “ Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website – so you can access your stuff from anywhere.” After you have placed files in Dropbox, you can easily share your files with other people, and the files will be backed up and kept safe. The following image best illustrate how you can access files in Dropbox:
Keepvid is a website that you can use to download any video from a website so that you can insert it to your presentations to use offline.
Haiku Deck is a free slideshow creating app. It is a completely new kind of presentation app designed to make your slides stunning. It allows you to create unique presentations with artistic flavor. It allows you to pull a large database of striking background and images from the web. It is best to show a chart, image or screenshot with fewer words to describe it.
Bamboo Paper is a free app for iPad, which turns your iPad into a notebook. You can use it to sketch your thoughts and ideas in an authentic paper-like digital notebook and your notes can be shared visually and easily. You can also use it to practice your penmanship of writing in non-western language characters such as Chinese, Arabic, etc.
Nearpod is an App for iOS devices. (Nearpod’s School Edition works for Andriod devices now.) It allows you to create multimedia presentations to share content with your students and to manage the flow of the lecture in real time.
Your students use Nearpod on their iOS/Android devices to receive multimedia content and to participate in engaging assessment and collaboration activities. Your presentation can be engaging and interactive through polls, quizzes, videos, drawing interactivity, website-sharing, self-guided quizzes and more.
CamStudio is a free software download that allows you to take video screen captures of content displayed on your desktop. This program allows you to create video segments of anything that you can show on your screen, from websites to software applications to simulations and demonstrations. You can not only narrate as you record the screen, but you can also add special cursors, annotations and even an embedded video box from a web camera. The videos are saved out as either AVI or SWF files.
Brainshark is a free online tool that allows you to upload PowerPoint slides, images, PDF files, documents and other media, and then embed your narrations over the content. Additionally, you can add music and multimedia to the presentation to make it more engaging. The final output file can be streamed online or embedded onto your website or blog. This software could be used for online presentations, slideshows, flash cards or even podcasts.
What’s a word cloud? It is a form of information graphic of infographic! It is an application that turns text into a visual representation. The words from the original text are arranged in collage fashion in the graphic. Word clouds visually highlight the most often used words in the passage.
You can use this type of tool to facilitate world language teaching. You can use it for activities such as topic introduction, vocabulary development, word association, practice writing, word matching, pre-reading, brainstorming, defining main ideas, assessment and reflection. For example, in a word-matching activity, you can write a list of words both in your target language and in English, and then using the resulting word cloud as a vocab quiz/worksheet. In a pre-reading activity, you can engage students’ discussion by using key words created in a word cloud and make predictions about the content before reading the actual text. In the defining main idea activity, you can create a word cloud out of an article in the target language and ask students to discover and highlight the main ideas in the article. Take a look at this article written by a Spanish instructor to see how she used the word cloud tool in her classroom.
There are a number of applications available that will allow you to generate word cloud: Wordle, Tagxedo, Wordsift, Worditout, Word Mosaic, Tagcrowd etc. Click on each of the link to find out how you can use it to create a word cloud.
WordPress is a free program that allows you to create and edit your own blog where you can post custom content, audio, video and approved user comments.