On my browser I have a folder marked “Further Investigation”. It contains all the bookmarks to various websites and the like that I’ve spotted and intended to look into in more depth – but which I clearly didn’t.
Where remembered, the original sources are credited – apologies if you spotted this first and I’ve forgotten where I found it – let me know and I’ll update!
If you liked this post – why not take a look at “Ten Things Worth Further Investigation (#01)” ?
(1) http://www.phonetizer.com/ – This is an online phonetic transcription program. Type your text in one end and press “transcribe” and on the other side of the page your text appears with phonetic subtitles! The only downside as far as I can tell is that the program doesn’t take into account features of connected speech, such as intrusion, elision and linking – rather it treats each word in isolation. But definitely handy for anyone wanting to put phonetics into the lesson plans!
(2) Nothing is Forgotten – Ryan Andrews’ excellent short story uses only brilliantly drawn images – it is a “wordless comic”. It’s also a fantastic story. Available online or as pdf download along with teaching ideas.
(3) ELLiE (Early Language Learning in Europe) is a British Council funded report that describes in some detail the state of language learning with young learners across Europe. Available as a pdf download. If you work with YLs, you should probably read this.
(4) Free Global e-lessons from Macmillan. Pretty straightforward – free lessons! The intended class level varies though, to be sure to check first!
(5) One day and all that happens in it – the different days of thousands of people around and across the planet – all recorded by the “One Day on Earth” project. The geo-tagged video archive from the 10.10.10 event, lets you look at uploaded videos from around the world – the videos from 11.11.11 are still being uploaded. Thanks to mythatsenglish for the original find.
(6) Mike J Harrison has a great lesson using The Streets “It was supposed to be so easy” song. Perfect for those older teen classes – or for those higher level classes who are proving difficult to inspire or motivate….
(7) Creating Infographics with your Students – is an excellent post by Silvia Tolisano on the Langwitches blog. Infographics are what we all used to refer to as posters – but you do it with computers instead. OK – that’s a simplification. But check out Silvia’s post if you’re interested in what infographics really are, how to go about making them and where to find the technological tools to make them with. A must for any project based lessons.
(8) OUP Webinars: Currently a series of three forthcoming webinars available on Test Design, Learner Autonomy & Creative Writing. Worth checking out if you can.
(9) Fans of eltpics may also be interested in the public domain image library “Burning Well“. Pictures available to download, copy and use without royalties or copyright issues. Be careful of using the search though, as “sponsored search results” appear at the bottom of the page – and these are not copyright free.
(10) Where in the World? is a Google Earth puzzle – can you tell or do you know where the places in the pictures are? Take a look at the original post on freetech4teachers for more information and some teaching ideas.
Thursday 19 January 2012 at 15:33
Very glad to have come across your blog (just now.) Will try out Where In The World and Nothing is Forgotten in class, as well as your own Beliefs plan.
I too have a Further Investigation folder, but unlike you, I never get round to Investigating them Further 🙂
Thursday 19 January 2012 at 16:41
Nothing is forgotten is fantastic! Possibly my favourite discovery of the month? So far anyway!
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