In this page I have collected ideas from the past stored also on my Moodle site, as the site is only open to subscribers I posted those notes on this page so it is open to everybody.


Podcasting for language teaching.


The following ideas can be adapted for diverse topics and languages.

Teaching ideas:

Create a podcast to:

  • introduce new lexicon (e.g. parts of the body, family, places, etc).
  • explain a grammatical point
  • introduce a cultural topic

Why using a podcasts instead of a Power Point or other presentation tool? The main reason would be that in the podcast format can be viewed not only on a computer but also on a portable device like iPhone, iPad , etc.

What you will need:

Pictures of the topic you would like to present.
A brief script of what you are going to say for each picture
A quite place were you can record the sound in Garageband or other image/video supported podcasting tool

Tip - you can pre-record the sound clips using other recording program (Audacity) and use Garageband only to compile the presentation. You can also have different people pronounce the word/sentences to get your students used to a variety of voices and pronunciation.

There are also free online services to create image based/voice narrated podcasts. Brainshark is possibly one of the easiest for this purpose. Brainshark allows you to create narrated slides with your images and voice, if you choose photo presentation you can also add background music


Instructions here

http://www.brainshark.com/solutions/products/Brainshark-On-Demand/Create.aspx?ref=svredirect



If using Brainshark you will need to share your podcast (you cannot download it) via a link just remember to make it active or it will not be visible.


Learning ideas

You can also use Garageband to get your students to prepare activities and assessable oral items. These are only s few ideas:

Describe people (or their family)
Fill the gap, question and answer or pronunciation activity
Narrate a story
Narrate a recipe
Do a pair activity (like shopping, buying items, a the bank, doctor, etc)
Create an advertisement

What you will need:

Clear instructions for the students on how to do the activity.
Pictures of the topic you would like the students to prepare, or instructions on what images they will need to collect.
A brief script of what they are going to say for each image or ad lib time to do this part.
Headsets with microphones if you are going to record in the lab to minimize background noise.

Tip - you can ask students to bring pre-recorded clips using other recording program (Audacity) and use Garage band only to compile the presentation.
If you are doing a pair activity you need to instruct students to record their part in sections.
If you are doing a fill the gap, question and answer or pronunciation activity you will need to prepare the track with the appropriate gaps for the students to respond to.

Organizational tips:

  • If you are preparing sound materials save in mp3 format. Images will have to be saved in jpg format.
  • If your podcast is instructional can be uploaded on Moodle or any other LMS like any other resource.
  • If you would like the students to produce their own podcast, you can create a directory in Moodle to store the resources for your students to download, avoiding having to manually upload materials on each computer in the lab.
  • If you are marking the activity the students have produced you can add an assignment topic on your Moodle for students to upload their work so you can received it, download it and mark it.
  • If you would like students to share online their podcast for others in the class to view and/or comment you can create a glossary activity to share their work.

iMovie for Language teaching.


The following ideas can be adapted for diverse topics and languages.

Teaching ideas:

Create an iMovie project to:

  • Develop a professionally looking lecture (for online delivery).
  • Explain/introduce a topic
  • Customize a movie clip (you created, from Youtube, etc)
  • Subtitle a video

Movie projects created with iMovie can be saved in different formats to suit presentations in a Lecture theatre, online or on mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, etc.

What you will need:

Video clips (from your camera, your computer, Youtube, etc)
A work plan on what you need to do (ideas list or storyboard)

Tip - you can import slides created with Power Point or Keynote and saved as video add more video clips, titles and subtitles.

Learning ideas

You can also use iMovie to get your students to prepare activities or assessable work. These are only s few ideas:

1. Subtitle movie as a translation activity
2. Create a story
3. Collecting movie clips (from Youtube, etc) to create a collage of movie ideas around a topic
4. Do a movie presentation (instead of a tutorial presentation) around a topic (this could be peer reviewed)
5. Record a new voice track (great oral activity)


What you will need:

Clear instructions for students on how to do the activity.
Clear criteria or even better a rubric to mark the activity (you can create specific rubrics without a lot of effort on this site http://rubistar.4teachers.org/)

Instructions on what type of movie clips they will need to collect (for idea 1 and 3).
Clear instructions on how to save the project and upload on Wattle (including maximum size of project accepted)


Tip – students will be less worried about what they need to do if you can provide an example of what it is expected or at lest give clear indications of what you are looking for (e.g. I would like the project to have a title page with the title of the video, or the name of the students, etc)
The following is a useful read if you like your students to produce a video assignment:

http://mediacommons.psu.edu/node/416

Organizational tips:

  • If you are preparing video materials save in MPEG4 format.
  • If your video is a lecture or tutorial can be uploaded on Moodle or other LMS like any other resource.
  • If you would like the students to produce their own video but with material you have chosen, you can create a directory in Moodle to store the resources for your students to download, avoiding having to manually upload materials on each computer in the lab.
  • If you are marking the activity the students have produced you can add an assignment topic on your Moodle for students to upload their work so you can received it, download it and mark it.
  • If you would like students to share online their video for others in the class to view and/or comment you can create a glossary activity to share their work.


Tech tips:

To quickly download videos from Yotube you can use http://keepvid.com/

If you need to change video formats without installing software on your computer you can use http://www.zamzar.com/

Videos to help you after the workshop

iMovie basics

Adding subtitles Audio editing

In this site also look for using quizzes and collaborative tools

Using Padlet and/or other sharing wall cloud solution (work in progress come back soon)



The following ideas can be adapted for diverse topics and languages.



Teaching ideas

Create a sharing wall to:

  • Introduce a topic/lesson with all the materials (videos, links, etc) organized as a visual wall instead of text bases with links
  • Share resource space to find and share resources (e.g. on a specific topic find links to webpages, images, videos, etc on the topic)
  • Introduce a topic and ask student to post comments and questions on the wall live while presenting
  • Build a wall lesson module complete with video introduction, readings, activities with a space for students to post/share their work



Why using a sharing wall?

It is a much more visual and appealing way to present and share materials then a list of links or files. It is easy to use and it can be easily shared, exported, embedded, etc.
It will work on any device including mobile devices making it a great activity for classes not held in a lab or when using a computer is not easy.

What you will need:

Padlet account (it is free) that will allow to create your walls
A work plan on what you need to do (ideas list or storyboard)


You can also use Padlet to get your students to prepare activities or assignments work. These are only s few ideas:
Learning ideas

  • do an ice breaking activity to get students to introduce themselves to the class with a picture/video and something about them (in the target language for non beginners)
  • do a presentation poster wall (each students will create their own with their presentation materials like webpages, images, videos, etc on the assessment topic)
  • Virtual conference, students record and upload short video presentation in a selected topic


What you will need:

Pre- prepared walls for students to use (if it is a class activity and not a single activity like the presentation poster)
Clear instruction on what the students need to do
Setting up of walls that can minimize overcrowding, people posting on each others work, etc
Limit/description of exactly what you would like them to post and how (e.g. if it is a video a size/time limit, specific format and appropriate title and identifier)

Tech tips:
Paddlet is actually a very very easy tool to use but it can also become a distraction if not used for a specific a clear purpose. The instructions and purpose is then very important as the the technology is very user friendly.