On my browser I have a folder marked “Further Investigation”. In it are contained all the links from various sources, none of which I can remember (but which were probably sourced via twitter and facebook feeds)…
For what it’s worth – here’s ten things I meant to look into in more detail last month, but clearly never got round to….
(1) the “green” alternative to pdf files – the wwf file.
As you’ll note – the basic idea is that you save your files in the “wwf” format, which is basically the same as a pdf, only can’t be printed. Can it – I wonder – be snapshotted or snipped into other documents that can be printed? And however much we try to create paperless classrooms, the base reality is that the photocopier calls the shots in any language school…. more thought required about how best to use this one!
More info here: http://www.saveaswwf.com/en/
(2) British Citizenship Test – the guardian has a 24 question interactive quiz based on the current UK citizenship test. Which I failed – having scored less than 75%. In my defense I did get 17 out of 24, which isn’t too far off! You can do the test (or suggest that learners planning to go the the UK try their hand) here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/blog/quiz/2011/oct/11/uk-citizenship-test-quiz. The Guardian also has a discussion on what should be included in the test here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/oct/12/uk-citizenship-test-what-changes. Interesting questions for learners: What would they put in a similar test for their country?
(3) #ELTChat on facebook – I’ve known and taken part in #ELTChat on twitter for a while (and would recommend it to any other ELT tweeters) – but only found out about their facebook group yesterday: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eltchat/
(4) stich.it – spotted on Larry Ferlazzo: http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2011/10/27/stich-it/. Basically it seems to let you create a website slideshow of related (or not) links. It could make bibliographies more interesting?
(5) The Google Puzzle (also via larry ferlazzo, but on twitter @Larryferlazzo). An intriguing puzzle conundrum that could quite easily keep me occupied for weeks! I got as far as stage 4 before remembering I had work in the morning…. Not sure how to use it with a class, but then not everything has to be about the learners!
(6) Henrick Oprea’s “Cambridge Exams” scoop – if you teach Cambridge exams you should keep an eye on this one!
(7) If you ever wondered where things come from and where they end up (for example – your recently deceased mobile phone) – you should check out the Story of Stuff. They also have a you tube channel / account. Possibly a little USA centric / greenvangelical – but definitely worth watching and will certainly provoke a response from the classroom!
(8) There’s a Douglas Coupland illustrated “highly inappropriate tale” on the Guardian website. It’s about a somewhat psychotic box of juice and his many misadventures. (see image to the right). The only idea for classroom use I have is that learners could sequence and caption the images, before comparing their ideas with the online original. That said, teachers may want to look through the images first, and select accordingly. It’s just something I thought might chime with the Jackass generation…
(9) David Deubelbeiss has the “Top 5 Funniest videos about teaching English“. Worth a look!
(10) The Acapela Text to Speech demo certainly has potential, though the necessarily robotic linking and intonation isn’t the best model available. If you’re bored, why not make it sing Lady Gaga songs or recite Shakespearean sonnets? I can’t remember where this came from originally, so apologies to whoever shared it (on twitter I think?) first.