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Communications

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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Cultures

Wikispaces in the Language Classroom

Wikis are an effective collaboration and organizational tool to archive student and instructor coursework, lessons, videos and other instructional materials. Wikispaces is a free and easy to use wiki resource currently used by faculty members, instructional technologists and students in a variety of fields.


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Using Woices to Create Custom Audio Tours

Woices is a free program that allows you to combine photographs, custom maps and voice recordings to create beautiful, interactive virtual tours.  Tours can then be watched on the web, embedded on personal sites, or viewed on mobile devices.


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Connections

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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KEEPVID - A useful site to download online videos

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.


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Creating a Personal Collection of Online Resources with MERLOT

This module is designed to introduce new users to the features of the MERLOT World Languages collection and to demonstrate how to use MERLOT as a teaching resource.


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Comparisons

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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Haiku Deck - Simple and beautiful slideshow creation

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.


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Communities

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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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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Using dotSUB to Share Your Videos with Your Own Subtitles

DotSub is a free program that allows you to upload, transcribe, translate and share your own videos in multiple languages.  You can easily bring in video content for use in dotSub by linking to any video in YouTube.  This is a great tool for new learners as they can easily switch between the English subtitles and the subtitles in the target language.


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