Powtoon- Making presentation lively!

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Let’s use Powtoon to make our presentation more interesting and lively. Students will be interested to look at the interesting design, the avatars and also the background music.

Teachers can also get students to come up with their own videos and present the videos as a form of group task so in a way it will also enhance collaborative learning among them.

You can watch the presentation I have created using Powtoon. I used it to teach about the concept of prepositions.


Wechat and Language Learning

Photo: Let's learn adjectives on Wechat with Teacher Rajes!!!

Wechat is a useful tool for communicating with students after school hours and also during school holidays.

Teachers can give homework or task through Wechat and this encourages students’ participation as students nowadays are very much tech-savvy.

Screencast-0-matic: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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I used the webtool Screencast-o-matic to come up with the following video on the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Screencast-o-matic is a useful tool to create teacher presence especially when teacher is absent as pupils or students can see or listen to teacher’s voice in the video. The video can be kept so it can be used in future lessons. It can also be uploaded on Youtube and Frog Vle so other teachers and students can benefit from it.

Why not watch my first Screencast-o-matic video? Hope you will enjoy it!

English Teaching Webtools: Storytelling

1. Storybird

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Storybird is a digital storytelling webtool which allows users to create visual stories instantly. Users can use the artworks to inspire writing new stories.

2. StoryJumper

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StoryJumper makes digital storytelling an easy task with its super easy tools. It is easy to create storybooks with images and words.

3. Slidestory

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Slidestory allows storytellers to combine images with voice narration. Each image or slide can be combined with voice and text captions.

4. Tikatok

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Tikatok allows writers or children to write, illustrate and publish their own books. Tikatok encourages project-based learning in the classroom.

Storytelling Ideas

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How can we create interesting lessons for storytelling?

  1. Make storycards – Use pictures.
  2. The Story Bag/ Puzzle Tale – Place pictures or objects.
  3. Use drawing – Let children draw.
  4. Acting out storybooks – with the help of props or puppets, facial expressions.
  5. Play doh storytelling – use playdoh to recreate characters in the story.
  6. Storyboxes – Making diorama.
  7. Storytelling board – Use pictures.
  8. Writing the stories based on pictures.
  9. Use realia – bring in real objects or get the pupils to bring it.
  10. Use thinking hats – De Bono hats
  11. Experiment different voices for different characters.
  12. Digital storytelling projects using StoryBird, StoryJumper, Windows Movie Maker.
  13. Story Circle – Get pupils to retell the story.
  14. A Story Treasure Hunt – Hide plot cards and get pupils to assemble the cards.
  15. Story Cubes – Dice with characters/ elements in the story.

English Teaching Webtools: Conversation

This post  will list down all the useful and free webtools that can be used by ESL teachers to teach English in their classrooms.

1. Blabberize

This web tool allows teachers to animate pictures so that animals, people and objects could talk.

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2. Bitstrips

This web tool allows teachers to make their own comics.

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3. Comic Master

This is a free web application that allows teachers to create comics online.

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4. Voki

This web tool allows teachers to create personalised avatars. It’s a great language teaching tools.

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