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Misc_tools

Page history last edited by Teresa Almeida d'Eca 14 years, 3 months ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS

 

Larissa and an audio message from Elizabeth, TexTESOL

 

 

 

Microblogging

Twitter

A few weeks ago, when confronted with a definition of Twitter during a videoconference, I came up with "a telegram-type communication tool". The presenter, Jonathan Finkelstein (Learning Times) liked it very much, because it was very clear and to-the-point.

 

According to Wikipedia, Twitter is "a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers".

 

Let's take a look at my Twitter page, see what I've been tweeting about, browse through the pages of people that I follow and... see what it's all about. Maybe we can come up with ideas to use Twitter in the EFL classroom.

 

 

Text-to-Speech

iSpeech 

 

Free Text to Speech

 

    • Bahrain (page with the .html code of the widget above and where you can download the audio file)

 

  • read about "how it works" (main page)
  • click the "Demo" button to try it out

 

Workshop

Free Text to Speech  (Teresa's tweet in the workshop)

 

 

Images

Tag Galaxy

  • need a recent version of Adobe Flash Player 
  • enter a topic or tag browse through Flickr photos in 3D with this flash application
  • let's enter "Webheads", the online community of practice that I joined in Jan. 2002 

 

  • let's think about possible applications for this software in EFL

 

Screenshots

MWSnap (take images of the screen...)

Irfanview (resize images, rop/cut the part of the image you want...)

 

 

Wrap up

  • impressions of the week 
  • most useful tool(s) to start using in class immediately
  • what else could have been shown 

 

 

Computer lab activities (suggestions)

  • explore the tools and discuss how you would use them in your class

 

 

 

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