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Novice

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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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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How to Create Your Own Blog Using Blogger

Blogger allows you to create your own personalized blog where you can post content (text, audio, video, images, etc.) that can be viewed and commented upon by your user community.


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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

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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Creating Screencasts with CamStudio

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.


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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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