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Novice

Creating Interactive Presentations Using myBrainshark

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.


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DropBox – Easy file accessing and sharing

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:
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Flip Cameras for World Languages

Flip video cameras are a useful tool in language classes as they are extremely easy to use and fairly inexpensive. With a class set of flip cameras, students can interview each other, perform skits in the target language, create their own "commercials" or music videos and much more. In order to produce a "professional" video, students will work on their project from storyboarding to rehearsal and finally to filming.


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Beginner

Animoto for the World Languages Classroom

Animoto is a web application that, with the click of a button, produces videos using images and music that a user selects. Language teachers and students can choose culturally-appropriate images and audio to produce short movies that can be used in language presentations. These can be looked at on the web or embedded in blogs to be shared with classmates. Some NOVASTARTALK products have included videos on Chinese food and Arabic scripts.


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Using Audio Tools (Audacity) in the World Language Classroom

Audacity is an open-source (aka 100% free) program for recording, editing and exporting sound files. It can be used to record a voice track that can be exported into other programs, or to mix music, narration and sound effects together into a single file.


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Bamboo Paper - Note taking with iPad

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.


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Intermediate

Animoto for the World Languages Classroom

Animoto is a web application that, with the click of a button, produces videos using images and music that a user selects. Language teachers and students can choose culturally-appropriate images and audio to produce short movies that can be used in language presentations. These can be looked at on the web or embedded in blogs to be shared with classmates. Some NOVASTARTALK products have included videos on Chinese food and Arabic scripts.


Using Audio Tools (Audacity) in the World Language Classroom

Audacity is an open-source (aka 100% free) program for recording, editing and exporting sound files. It can be used to record a voice track that can be exported into other programs, or to mix music, narration and sound effects together into a single file.


Bamboo Paper - Note taking with iPad

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.


Advanced

Animoto for the World Languages Classroom

Animoto is a web application that, with the click of a button, produces videos using images and music that a user selects. Language teachers and students can choose culturally-appropriate images and audio to produce short movies that can be used in language presentations. These can be looked at on the web or embedded in blogs to be shared with classmates. Some NOVASTARTALK products have included videos on Chinese food and Arabic scripts.


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Using Audio Tools (Audacity) in the World Language Classroom

Audacity is an open-source (aka 100% free) program for recording, editing and exporting sound files. It can be used to record a voice track that can be exported into other programs, or to mix music, narration and sound effects together into a single file.


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Bamboo Paper - Note taking with iPad

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.


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