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  • From: Kelly Faulkner <kelly.m.faulkner AT>
  • To: ictenglish AT
  • Subject: [ICTs in English] Re: ICTs in English Weekly Update
  • Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2011 17:14:06 +1200

hi claire. i'm using google+ and loving it! i am keen to introduce my special group students (scholarship & public speaking) this week and see how it goes. it is so much easier to share (or not) using google's circles rather than facebook's groups/pages, and there's none of the hassles of friending and all that. will check in next term and let y'all know how it goes.


Kelly Faulkner
AHOD, English Department
Napier Boys' High School
Chambers Street
Napier 4110
06 833 5900 x 860

On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM, Claire Amos <am AT> wrote:
In the update:

*       Using Facebook in English
*       History of English Resource
*       5 great tools for 'speaking'
*       Free PD Opportunity - ISTE unplugged!

Using Facebook in English

Last week we had this recommendation from Karen Melhuish - people might be interested in the thread currently running on the Virtual Learning Network: How might we use Facebook/social media to connect to our school community?: <"> . Several really useful resources have been shared here, plus various folk exchanging their own experiences.

Also, make sure you check out Facebook in Education <>  for lots of great tips and resources.

History of English

'Free Technology for Teachers' shared a great resource: The History of English <>  is a series of ten short videos providing an overview of the history of the English language. Each animated video covers a different  era in world history. The videos, developed by Open Learn <> , are available on YouTube and iTunes <> . You can check out the entire playlist here:

5 online 'speaking' tools/websites

Each week I will be sharing 5 online tools and/or websites to support the teaching of each of the six strands of English. First up is 'speaking'. Here are five free tools to support the teaching (and assessing) of speaking. I would love to hear your recommendations as I have only shared the tip of an iceberg here.

* <>  - (this looks amazing!) English Central makes improving your English fun and effective by turning popular web videos into powerful language learning experiences. EnglishCentral users watch videos, learn vocabulary, speak aloud and receive instant pronunciation feedback. EnglishCentral's content is organized by goals and topics, making it easy for you to find videos and vocabulary relevant to your reason for studying. All of your progress is tracked and you can compete with others for top ranking <> . Choose videos by goal, topic or difficulty level - watch what you want to watch. View accurate subtitles, get in-context definitions, hear videos slowed down or compare your speech to a native speaker.Study vocabulary <>  by video or Topic. Watch word-based playlists for multiple usage examples. Master vocabulary over time with our research-based interval learning system that manages what you should study when. Record videos <>  in your own voice. Get immediate pronunciation feedback. Compare your speech to native speakers'. Correct your pronunciation challenges with expert help videos, focused practice sessions and personalized progress tracking.
* <>  - What is mailVU? The easiest and fastest way to send private video messages to family, friends, and business associates. There is no software to download, and you can record video mail from any computer with a webcam. Why should I use mailVU? Family members can stay in touch with loved ones with video and audio, almost like being there in person. Grandchildren can say hello to grandparents, spouses separated by distance can see each other more often, and friends can share video mail on what they are doing. Unlike YouTube, mailVU provides private video email between people, so there is no worry about anyone else on the Internet having access to it. Personalized video greeting cards can be sent to friends and loved ones in a matter of minutes.
* <>  - Instant online voice recorder (or get your students to use the mobiles, most have voice recorders) a great tool for recording and reviewing oral presentations!
* <>  - Free Online Dictionary of English Pronunciation, you simply type in the word and hit submit!
* <> # - Teaching Speaking - English Online (British Council) - a great resources with heaps of great activities for teaching speaking.

ISTE2011 Live - Recorded online workshops

The free online workshop I mentioned last week is now available as a recorded atchive, you can check it at: <>

Title: #engchat: community, conversation and collaboration for English teachers
Description: Developing a community for English teacher via Twitter to share resources, solve problems and connect our students.
Presenter: Meenoo Rami
Email & Other Links: meenoo.rami AT < AT>  - <> <> <>


Claire Amos

Facilitator: ICTs in English community <>

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