Monthly Archives: January 2009

Images for education (EVO 09’s course)

Last night Michael Logham, one of the Webheads’ cofunder gave an on line presentation on using Flicker in education. You can see the slideshow he prepared:

EFL EXPLORER: Glittering images

In Glitterfy. com they are specialised in all kind of glittering objects. For example, you can upload a picture and generate a glittering image like this one:
Glitter Photos
[ – *Glitter Photos*]

Glittering titles

Many teachers – especially primary school teachers-  wonder how to add attractive images and titles to their blogs and wikis. It is essential for them to have something to catch the attention of their children. One suggestion for glittering titles is Glitter Graphics where you can get titles like this

I hope you like it.

An English content-based course on WordPress

I have been using WordPress to write and edit a content-based course .

The experience has been satisfactory so far.  You can see how it was organised clicking on the course web: A Web 2.0. English Course.

EVO 09

Only a quick post to say that EVO sessions have already started. 

As usually, they come with plenty of food for thought. However suggesting all the issues are , it is impossible to follow them simultaneously. Here I leave the list of sessions for those who might be interested in catching up:

Becoming a Webhead
This is a hands-on workshop where participants explore Web 2.0 tools and share the best ways of using them in their teaching practices.

Blog-based Lesson & e-Portfolios


Collaborative Writing
 In this session, the most popular computer-mediated communication tools for collaborative writing, blogs and wikis, will be introduced and some activities with word processors will be carried out. Discussions and exchanging of points of view will be provided by WiZiQ sessions in this comprehensive workshop. 

Conflict Resolutions for English  Language Learners
Designing Interactive Activities for the Young learner EFL Classroom
Digifolios and Personal Learning Spaces
Building a Professional ID in the 21st century 
Digital Storytelling in ELT Classrooms
The aim of this session is to show how to use Windows Movie Maker software while creating and editing videos; and at the end of the session participants will have the chance to create their own videos and publish them online.  
 Enhancing Lessons with Web 2.0
During the session, participants will create their own blogs and Web 2.0 instructional items, participate in asynchronous and live discussions, complete topic-specific readings, and develop a lesson plan applying web tools to a relevant teaching/learning context.  

EVO Video 09 Planning Video Projects
This session will help teachers of EFL/ESL develop lesson plans for video projects to use with their students of various levels. 


Exploring Images in the 21st Century Classroom
In this six-week online workshop, participants will be introduced to various online image manipulation tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices.

Internet for Beginners


Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments
Multiliterate individuals are aware of the pitfalls inherent in technology while striving for empowerment through effective strategies for first discerning and then taking advantage of those aspects of changing technologies most appropriate to their situations. These strategies include managing, processing, and interpreting a constant influx of information, filtering what is useful, and then enhancing the learning environment with the most appropriate applications. This course seeks to heighten awareness of these considerations, and to enable participants to explore ways of dealing with them in professional and interpersonal development as well as work with students.

NNEST: Networking Solutions for Professional Development
This is a discussion-based session about the issues facing Nonnative English Speaking Teachers (NNESTs) in TESOL. Meet the experts and renowned researchers in the field. Learn and Share. Let this EVO experience inspire change in your teaching career and make a difference!

 Teaching English through Drama: Dramatic Questions, Dramatic Answers
This session will focus on the questions raised by participants. Soliciting issues from members, the issues will be discussed in “threads.” Participants may join as many discussion threads as they feel able to handle.


Tips and Tricks for Online Teachers 2009
This workshop aims to provide online and blended-class teachers with tools and ideas for their classes. It will familiarize teachers with some of the advantages of online teaching. 

Virtual Worlds & Language Learning
This session will take a broad look at the current situation online by looking at organisations and individuals who are involved in language education in Second Life

What’s in the Library for ESL/EFL Students?
The library is no longer limited to 4 walls. Whether your students need to find reading material for pleasure or for classes, or to conduct research, the library is the place to start. This session will introduce teachers to ways that they can use the library and its resources with their ESL/EFL students.

To register go to their EVO wiki.

EFL WEB EXPLORER (6): Videos with scripts

Yolango is site with a growing number of authentic videos in English which are all graded from easy through to difficult, and all have a transcript, as well as related activities to help students’ learning.

AUTHORING TOOLS: Language Game Makers


Languages on line is a project lauched written by the Australian  Languages Online Team at the State of Victoria.

It offers  the following resources for language teachers and students:

Software to make your own interactive tasks…
Memory Game Maker 3.0
Tetris Game Maker 1.4
Matching Game Maker 1.3
Sentence Game Maker 1.2
Comprehension Task Maker 1.0
Free downloadable templates to create your own multimedia language games and activities. Use your own text, pictures or voice recordings:

VIDEO: What are Game Makers?

Ready made activities to learn French, German, Indonesian and Italian.

Over 220 engaging interactive tasks and games and 190 printable worksheets that introduce, reinforce and recycle vocabulary in these languages. They are self-paced and self-correcting and can be repeated as desired. Activities are presented in 35 topic-based sections, and include recordings by native speakers.


4TEACHERS.ORG is a professional site for teachers who want to use technology with their students. It offers a good choice of authoring tools under subscription. You can always use them on a trial base.


Agrega is the new Internet repository of educative objects which has been recently launched under the initiative of three Spanish public institutions: the group, the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Regional Spanish Governments.

It is meant to be a free public platform for teachers and students with an idea in mind: to spread the use of digital educative objects and content in schools.

The underlying principles of this project are:

  • To promote the use of ITC means in all schools.
  • To rely on common criteria  for cataloguing digital objets.
  • To launch a sustainable model for making digital objects and using them in the classroom.
  • To launch a new industry of digital content creation and edition.
  • To keep in mind the ease of these use for those teachers and students who are not familiarised with the use of technology.


A “community of practice”  is basically a group of teachers who meet on-line to exchange information and help each other with their technological problems. They experience new tools together and discuss their pedagogical advantages. It is for sure one of the most helpful fields where teachers wanting to apply CALL techniques should always get involved. Have a look at the slide-show  Dr. Esperanza Roman showed at Expo-ELE Comillas 2008 about the topic.