Tweaking the Competencies with ICT support

Information and Communication Technologies accessible and adaptable for Education




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Second Life for English British Council funded zone for Teens - registration required
Video Practice Foreign Languages in Second Life
Check out this report from BBC Learning English site. Go to this site  and this blog for more information. Visit Teen Second Life.  
WiZiQ's free Virtual Classroom is an online internet mediated classroom where the teacher and the students are connected to share a common workspace. In this online session, they make use of audio-video conferencing, text chat, whiteboard, and content sharing capabilities. There are no costs for using the virtual classroom. The sessions are recorded and are available online on WiZiQ, which can be accessed for later review or reference. Attendees can join a session with privileges to converse verbally with others; draw and write on whiteboard; and share Presentations, PDFs, Flash and Images. The teacher may withdraw or re-assign these privileges to the attendees. A Teacher can withdraw privileges from the attendee in terms that the attendee can not converse, or upload anything to share on whiteboard; in this case, the attendee is a spectator.
Wimba provides synchronous and asynchronous video, audio, and VoIP communications within real-time online classrooms and other Web 2.0 technologies
Skype is a voice over internet "telephone" service that lets you call other Skype users for free. With a webcam, you can make free video calls, too. Talk with authors, create collaborative projects, chat with experts--all for free! The Learning Librarian offers a  manual (.doc) she developed for her school's Skype use. You might also want to see authors who will Skype with your school at the Skype An Author Network. Many authors will chat with your students for 10-15 minutes for free! You can also arrange longer Skype visits with them for a fee. (The fee is for the author, NOT for Skype. Skype is free!) - webtools4u2use
ESL Skyping         
Video Conferencing:
MS or the new Live Messenger audio/video conferencing :
EPals )
Videos demonstrating
Create Avatars
Chat Bot's:  Talking animations that respond to you
ESL Robots Project.
Opportunities to talk through EFL Classroom 2.0
Using Speech Recognition:
How to find the lyrics of a song with Windows Speech Recognition!
Best of ... Speaking
from Larry Ferlazzo
The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English
The Best Websites For Practicing English Pronunciation
The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills
The Best Online “Chatbots” For Practicing English
100+ Games (instructions)
Ning Social Network
Reinvests understanding Features    
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Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them.
Present a view of a text, review the impact and focus of a text, and many more possibilities.
Tag Clouds / Word Clouds / Tag Cloud Generator another
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Charts and Diagrams

Gliffy: Gliffy makes it easy to lay out ideas in flow charts and diagrams or to create floor plans and technical drawings to help you better visually understand information.
FlowChart: Create great flow charts for your classes using this online tool, which comes complete with drawing tools and objects as well as collaborative tools.
DrawAnywhere: This online program allows you to create diagrams and flow charts to represent all kinds of information. Best of all, you can log in from anywhere to get access to your diagrams.
AjaxSketch: This web-based drawing tool makes it easy to not only create flow charts and diagrams but to do freehand drawing as well and you can use it right from Firefox.
XML/SWF Charts: Those familiar with XML will be able to turn their data into colorful and useful charts with this downloadable tool.
yEd: Is a very powerful graph editor and creation tool that can be used to quickly and effectively generate drawings and to create easily read and laid out graphs and diagrams.
Graphviz: If you’ve got a lot of information about the structure of a website or anything else for that matter, this tool can help you to easy map it out into a graph or network.
Best 4C: This Web-based tool allows you to create and share charts from anywhere, making it easier than ever to diagram and draw your ideas.
LovelyCharts: Charts created through this tool really can be lovely with full color capabilities and loads of graphics.
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Take notes

MyNoteIT: This great tool allows students to take and store their notes online, edit them with the help of classmates, look up words or terms you don’t understand and keep track of things you need to do.
Google Docs: With this program from Google you can take notes online, save them, and even send them to your peers for collaboration.
Notely: Keep your class notes, to-do lists and more organized and easy to access with this site. Here, students are able to actively organize their class materials, take and store notes, share information and even link to online reference sites.
ShortText: This is a very simple tool for taking notes online. Simply enter your text, hit save, and you’ve got an online note you can revisit anytime you like.
YourDraft: Take notes with this rich text editor and share and save them online.
Stickkit: Get an intelligent sticky note with this great online program. It looks at the text on your notes and can recognize important dates, bookmarks, emails and more, organizing them for you and making it easy to stay on top of everything.
SyncNotes: If you use a PDA this can be a great way to keep your notes accessible on both your main computer and your portable device.
JotCloud: If you’re the type that loves to put sticky notes all over everything then you’ll enjoy this online note taking tool. It allows you to create clouds of stickies anywhere you need them.
NoteCentric: Store and share your classroom notes with this innovative site. It keeps your notes organized so you can reference them later and you can easily access it through a Facebook account.
  Read & Listen
Read Please: Cut and paste text or type it directly into the input form on this site and the program will read it to you. It can be a very useful tool for making sure essays and projects are written correctly.
Text Reader: Here you’ll find a tool that will give you audio for any text you feed into it.
ItCanSay: This site has a great online text reader and can also give you some help pronouncing difficult words that aren’t said like they’re spelt.
Midomi: While not quite a text reader, this tool couldn’t be left out of this list. It’s a search engine that is based on sound rather than text. It can be a more intuitive way to find things if you respond better to sounds.
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Video Sources

One of the most popular video sharing sites (and most blocked)
ESL Video  add your own questions to a chosen video.
  Student News feed
 PBS NewsHour Online Video Index
   News Hour Online Index 
TeacherTube Videos produced and/or uploaded by educators to be shared with educators
Google Video Note: Google announced on 1/16/09 that it is ending support for Google Video. Old videos will remain but new ones cannot be uploaded.
Yahoo! Video
PhotoBucket Can be remixed with photos
AFI ScreenNation A learning space from the American Film Institute. View instructional videos, browse short videos from others; students can submit their own for critique by experts.
LEARN  offers educationally chosen and supported videos
Films For Change with NFB
National Geographic Video
PBS Nature Video Database
NASA Space Multimedia
Open Source Music Archive
Movies of Historical Interest
Child Labour - Scholastic Books
Amnesty International
How Stuff Works
PBS Anniversary Archive Videos
CBC Archives
CBS 48 Hours Archive
The History Channel
American National Photographic Archive
  Video: Search :
Blinkx  -An online video search engineFireAnt Discover, watch and subscribe to Internet TV, podcasts and vodcasts (video podcasts.
MetaTube Search over 100 video sharing sites
SearchforVideo Another video search engine. Includes searches of sites like Newsweek, Forbes, and SpikeTV as well as video sharing sites
SnagFilms provides access to short documentaries for you to watch and "snag" for your website with a commercial message up front.
Video Fetcher A newer search engine for video.
  Respond: Video
Google Video: Google Video is chock full of educational videos that can help explain everything from how to use Second Life to learn to explanations of psychological illnesses.
Picasa: Picasa is Google’s answer to photo sharing and you can upload images from an art history or anatomy class and study them from anywhere on the Web.
Flickr: This social networking and photo posting site can be a great way to share images from a class with your classmates or look for images to back up your notes.
Scooch: Scooch is a Web-based slide show program that will allow you to post photos and make slide shows that you can share with others over the Web.
Perseus Digital Library: In need of visual representations of manuscripts or sculptures from ancient Rome and Greece? You can find tens of thousands on this online library and database.
Teachertube: Teachertube is a great place to find instructional videos on just about everything. You can learn about the formation of mountains, world history and economics on this useful educational site.
Screencast-o-Matic: Create a video or photo of your screen with this helpful online tool. It can be a great way to remember how to do tasks on the computer or just to share images online.
Jing Project: This tool allows you to snap a photo of your desktop, make recordings of your activities and email or IM them to anyone.
Visuwords: Text dictionaries don’t always give visual learners the explanations they need. This dictionary is graphically based, making it easy to see what concepts or ideas are represented.
KartOO: Along those same lines, Kartoo is a visual search engine, giving you results laid out in a networked chart so it’s easy to see how topics relate.
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Wikipedia:Public domain image resources
Google images
Yahoo images
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The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners
VKaraoke vanBasco's
Karaoke Player 2.53 i
a free MIDI Karaoke Player for Windows coming with full-screen lyrics display.  image -click to listen> mid Search for other Karaoke songs ... Rihanna     Celine Dion     Free
Browsealoud will read websites out to you and highlight words as they are read out.
  Audio Books
LibriVox: This site provides free audiobooks for books in the public domain and has numerous titles. If you don’t find what you want, see if you can volunteer to create a recording of the book yourself.
History and Politics Out Loud: Here you’ll find speeches, historical information and more in an audio format, making it easier to take in and absorb for the auditory learner.
Audible: This subscription site allows visitors to download from thousands of audio books, both best sellers and classics making it easy to find what you need for class.
Project Gutenburg: Books that are no longer under copyright can be found here and there is a special section for audio books, both read by computers and by humans.
Free If your class is reading an older text you may be able to find a free version of it to listen to on this site. It contains recordings of numerous out of copyright books.
Find Podcast A directory where you can search in categories much like the site above, but a nice addition is "kids and teens." Check out new podcasts, rated podcasts, or popular podcasts, too.
FireAnt Discover, watch and subscribe to podcasts and vodcasts (video podcasts).
iTunes Free software for Mac and Windows. The interface will be familiar to most K-12 students from music downloads. Search for podcasts of interest to you.
Learn Out Loud Some for sale, some free.
Podcast Alley Pick a podcast genre, and you'll receive a list of podcasts to take a listen to. Genres include, but aren't limited to: business, cultural/political, environment, movies/films, sports, technology, comedy, travel.
Podcast Pickle Search by tag, topic, category or see and hear the top-rated podcasts
Podanza Search by category, see featured podcasts in each category, or search by content and keyword
iTunes and iTunesU Using free iTunes software, you can find and subscribe to podcasts on any topic. iTunesU is used by universities and K-12 schools to publish (and locate) educational podcasts including many podcasts on podcasting! There are over 15,000 different podcasts here!
Karen's Mashups Excerpts from popular educational podcasts combined into a new "mashup." "Most shows will have a theme, such as math, science, student productions, professional development, museum productions, or technology news. Some shows will be focused on podcasts for administrators and teachers, while other shows will highlight podcasts for students or parents." Show 10 samples professional development podcasts; show 15 features audio books; show 12 has podcasts for parents; show 3 is about podcasts for libraries.
Lit2Go free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3. Search by title or author or search the database. Print the text to read along! Listen or download. Subscribe through iTunes, too.
EdTechTalk Several great podcasts can be found on this site. WOW2 (Women of Web 2.0) focuses on using new web tools in teaching and learning and is broadcast live every Tuesday night and archived for you to listen to anytime. Show #65 featured Doug Johnson and Joyce Valenza discussion school libraries that work and the future of school library media centers.
20 iTunes Feeds for the 2.0 Teacher A list of great free podcasts for teachers and library media specialists.
Audible Kids Listen to stories, rate them, see what others are listening to, download them (fee based)
Just One More Book Podcasts featuring children's books and authors.
Library of Congress Podcasts including podcasts with authors and poets from the National Book Festival
MyBabyMonsters Original stories become podcasts for kids
NPR Classics for Kids Introducing students to classical music
Open Culture: Audio & Podcast Collections
PortablePD A site created by two classroom teachers to share, support and celebrate the use of blogs, podcasts and other technologies in the classroom.
Portable Radio Podcasts created by Grade 5/6 students in Ottawa, Canada
SLJ Podcasts Items of interest to school library media specialists.
StoryNory Free podcasts for kids
TourCaster Audio tours of cities

ProfCasts: Turn a PowerPoint presentation into a useful and portable podcast using this tool. It can be a great way to put class materials into a format you can bring with you anywhere.
PoducateMe: Don’t know the first thing about podcasting or how you can use it to make education a little easier? This site has all the information you need.
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How Stuff Works
Media Awareness issues


Montreal Gazette - Breaking News, Quebec, Opinion, Multimedia & More | Search over 10000 Newspapers Online!
Thousands of newspapers on the Net -


Literature &

Short stories

Project Gutenberg
Short Stories
Young learners:
For authentic texts: You may also register for free and download mini books from:
Sesame Street Internet site with animated stories:
"A word from Bonny Ann"
stories here:
International Children's Digital Library
An searchable online database of free children's books. The ICDL has to selected, collected, digitized, and organized children's materials in their original languages and has created appropriate technologies for access and use by children 3-13 years old.
Older readers
C3:Writes  Features Write Plays
PlotBot Get theatrical but first get help writing the script:
  Organize Research:

collect sites This online tool makes it easy to mark sites you find interesting to use for later research or to send to friends and project partners.
Wizlite: Don’t just save online material for later, highlight and tag it just like you would a real book with this great online tool.
Web-Chops: Web-Chops allows you to clip out any part of a webpage then save and share these clips. It can be a great way to study for tests or prepare for papers in a more interactive fashion.
Ma.gnolia: Search through sites others have bookmarked as interesting or use the site to highlight your own information from the Web and keep it in an easy to find place.
Blinklist: Make lists of sites that are relevant to whatever you’re working on with Blinklist. If you have a blog, you can even have the links appear automatically on it, making them super easy to access later.
Trailfire which allows you to lead, guide and support others while you take them to any webpage and create virtual post-it notes to “paste” on and explain  them.
  Project Management and Team Collaboration
Caloosh easy and efficient way to organize meetings by identifying the earliest possible opportunity for everyone to meet up.
DeskAway Project management for a group. Up to 3 projects/5 users free.
Gantter Microsoft Project for the web. Free.
Group Table A web-based software developed specifically to help student groups improve document management, project planning and communication.
NoKahuna (free for projects with up to 30 tasks)
OnStage an online workspace, collaboration, and project management tool
SmartSheet Project management, task assignment, spreadsheet, collaboation, discussion: post to the web.
TeamTexting connects team members and coaches with group text messaging and email, free of charge. Send one email or text message and the entire team receives the message via their phone or e-mail. Reply to all feature, too.
Wiggio is a collaboration tool designed to make scheduling group meetings easier. Wiggio is also intended to be used as a resource for group planning of projects. Some of the features of Wiggio include a group calendar, a mass messaging system that works with cell phones and email, and a group polling system. For groups that are working on projects together Wiggio offers a shared folder for files and links. (via Free Technology for Teachers)
Writing  Fun
Writing Skills 
Good writing skills are essential for effective communication. Learning to write well takes time and practice. Be sure to leave yourself enough time for all of these steps.
Writing Prompts  
Write a story based on the prompts
Writing Different Types of Essays
How to Write a Biography »
How to Write a Book Report
How to Write a Research Paper
How to Write a Bibliography »
Sample Term Papers
How to Write a Letter
How to Write a Speech
Spelling & Grammar
Sentence Structure
Hylighter as invitees add highlighting and related comments, this product "maps" the accumulating input using a patented color coding mechanism.
  Mind Mapping

Organizers This flash-based mind mapping tools allows you to chart out your thoughts in a colorful format, share them with friends or embed them in blogs, websites and emails.
Free Mind: Mind mapping is easy and free with this Java tool. You’ll be able to manage your class notes, lay out a paper and more completely online.
WiseMapping: You can access your mind maps from anywhere with this online tool. You can lay out words, pictures, ideas and more easily with WiseMapping.
Mindomo: Premium versions of this mind mapping tool come at a cost, but you can get access to the basic version for free. It allows you to add links, pictures and text to mind maps and share them over the net.
DeepMehta: This mind mapping tool is built around the idea of knowledge management and cognitive psychology. The open source tool allows sharing, emailing and even contains an embedded calendar.
MindMeister: Collaborate with your Mind42: The name of this tool represents "for two", and is indicative of the collaborative nature of this mapping tool. It can make it easy to keep track of your ideas, share them with friends and teachers and take them with you no matter where you are.
RecallPlus: Students can organize their notes, create flashcards, make use of 3D tools and more in this great mind mapping tool.
DebateMapper: If you’re struggling to understand a debate for your classes try creating a visual representation with this great mapping tool.
CMapTools: CMapTools is free for students to use and allows them to create and share all kinds of knowledge maps.
Thinkature: This site allows real-time collaboration on flow charts, diagrams and mind maps with features that include color organization and freehand drawing.
Brainstorming/mind mapping is an educational technique that's been around since the beginning of thought. It's a tool that facilitates new ideas and is collaborative in nature. And, with the use of web 2.0 technology, this concept has evolved into an ideal 21st Century technology for education.
Top 10 Sites for Brainstorming/Mind Mapping
1. Slick Plan - What's not to like? Easy to use, create beautiful flow charts, then embed to a site.
3. Webspiration - The popular desktop application is now the web... nuff said.
4. Diagrammr- Quite simply the easiest mind mapping site to use, no registration is necessary, then share the URL w/ others.
5. Imagination Cubed- Nice looking site that is ideal for the electronic whiteboards w/ the ability to draw your own mind maps.
6. Edistorm- Real-Time mind mapping w/ sticky notes.
7. Education Eye- A great way to brainstorm w/ this innovative search engine.
8. Mind42- Nice collaborative mind mapping site that is easy to use.
9. Mindmeister- Beautiful looking mind mapping site w/ the ability to embed into a site.
10. Mindomo- One of the most detailed mind mapping sites w/ lots of web 2.0 features, such as sharing, commenting, etc.
David Kapuler was the media and technology specialist at Greendale (Wis.) School District. Read his blog at
LetterPop  Examples The choices are vast, from newsletters and invitations to catalogues, newsletters and travel journals.
Issuu  Explore a world of publications by people and publishers alike. Collect, share and publish in a format designed to make your documents look their very best/ Free memberships are available to everyone. Each membership includes an online writing portfolio, numerous online publishing tools, email services and the chance to meet and bond with fresh creative minds, just like you!
Scribd  upload and publish documents online
Buzzword -collaborative authoring for documents online
Writing Tools listing
  Comics Cool Tools for Schools *****

Comic Strip Makers:


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Create cartoon strips and cartoon books. Use your own photos or site graphics. Embed into any webpage.


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Create cartoon pages, choose layout and design. Use your own photos or site


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Create your own comics without having to draw. Share and remix with your friends. Embed into any webpage.


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Create awesome comics and characters. Embed into any webpage.

Funny Times


Build your own cartoon.


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Make your own cartoon strip or comic.


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Create your own cartoon strip or comic. Use your own drawings from scratch or
upload your own photos or drawings.

Super Action Comic Maker


Create a story using super action comic heroes. Make a futuristic sculpture and watch it react.


    Cool Tools for Schools *****  Publishing


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Create any document using point-level formatting, indents, margins, backgrounds, borders, choice of bullets, numbering, spell check, pictures, and more. Share folders, documents, and pictures. View highlighted changes others made. Revert document with one click. Your document is never overwritten.

Student Publishing

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Make paperback storybooks and professionally typed, hardback classbooks. Make free books from every student's story. Make a free book for the classroom where every student is an author and illustrator of a page in a classbook.


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Create books with turning pages. Direct link to Flickr for images.


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Create book with turning pages. Upload images from your computer or from web.
Embed into any webpage.


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Create a book. Upload images. Comment of the book. View online, embed, send via email or purchase hard copy



Create books with turning pages. Embed into any webpage.


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Picture book maker. Make your own children's book


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Connecting writers to readers. Upload and share your writing, read, review and critique


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Free online diary and personal journal that is focused on privacy. You can keep your thoughts and ideas to yourself and share only if you want to!


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Create customized 3D pop-up books. Books can be inspected from any angle from with a 3D space by rotating. Items can be made "clickable," allowing you to learn more about individual characters within a story. If you have a webcam installed on your computer simply click on the 'Augmented Reality' button at the top of the screen and watch as the book appears in the palm of your hand!


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Make stories in minutes. Free Class accounts to manage students without emails, create assignments, and build beautiful libraries.

My Storymaker

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Control characters and objects, creates sentences for you. Once you are done with your story, you can print it out. If you share it with others, you can print it out again by entering the magic number it gives you in the box on the right. Save the .pdf file that prints to your own computer.


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A suite of free online tools that allows students and teachers to use primary source documents to complete meaningful and compelling learning activities with digital movies, storyboards, rebus stories and other online tools.

  Story Starters
Story it
Power to Learn
  Templates / Models...
Templates / Models... Microsoft offers templates for its various Office programs found in most schools- some specifically related to teaching and others with a more general focus.
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Polls and surveys are tools that allow students to gather interesting information, preferences and choices of others related to a diversity of topics related to projects, possible actions, interpretations or trivia of books, videos, movies, etc. It calls upon the students to create clear and correct questions, possible answers and then to collate the information and present it in various formats. Face to face polls and surveys provide the opportunity for practice (not real Oral Interactions as it is more repetitive reading than "interaction") however internet based polls provide the opportunity to gather the responses of a series of classes, a school, other schools, parents and the list goes on.
Here are two series of sites to choose from:
Online Polls  from
Ask only one question, and people can only choose one answer, but it’s very easy to create and use one. No registration required
Multiple questions, and people taking the poll can provide multiple answers registration required
Poll Daddy
Polling and survey widgets, security feature to prevent multiple voting registration required
Poll Everywhere
Online poll, registration required (free 30 participants)
Survey Monkey
Create professional online surveys registration required
Add images to your questions registration required

Google Forms create great polls and surveys from your Google Docs account

Wikispaces - For Educators
Free Wiki Websites for Enterprise, Educational or Personal Use
Domaine des langues (Quebec)
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¨Blogger is a free blog publishing tool from Google for easily sharing your thoughts with the world. Blogger makes it simple to post text, photos and video ...
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C3:Produces  Features Posters:
Gloster    Examples  Page to more resources
Whether it be elementary students dabbling with announcing an event - who... what... where... when... or secondary students making a point about an issue or students studying the media force of poster ads - there are many opportunities to create posters using ICT's.
Web Poster Wizard.  (2008) (commercial site)
others... via Google
Eyespot: Users can create video mixes online and share them with others on this site and can even add effects to their graphics and music.
Thumbstacks: Thumbstacks allows users to create a web-based presentation or slide show and then share it with others.
SlideShare: This site takes more of a networked approach to creating presentations allowing you to post your presentations and browse those of other users.
AuthorStream: Another PowerPoint centered program, AuthorStream makes it simple to upload and share your presentations.
Toufee: If Flash is more your style you can use this online tool which gives you the tools needed to publish and play flash presentations and movies.
PhotoStory 3: Make your slides for class a little more interesting with this free program from Microsoft. You can add special effects or your own voice narration.
The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations
Presenting.... provides a variety of ways to create and share slideshow presentations. 
and the possibilities of :
Photo sharing / Picture sharing in a controlled or open environment to share, collaborate and inspire with a language component 
View What is a Wiki?  and check out the Related Videos on the same page. Refer to Read through the articles on   Wikis  and view this video. Giving everyone a say!
These sites allow anyone to participate in elaborating content – from a story to an encyclopedia. Try one – a never ending story where everyone adds a paragraph or begin with a contentious statement – Elvis was and is the greatest singer of all times – and invite others to support or refute.  Set up a free wiki ( Wikispaces or PBwiki ) and invite the class to participate, send us the address before the weekend so we can have time to try it.
Wikispaces - For Educators
Free Wiki Websites for Enterprise, Educational or Personal Use
Domaine des langues (Quebec)
Blogs -This is another type of ICT resource available to allow the teacher and students interact through writing and media. Students can have their own blog to post projects and assignments and are able to receive feedback from the teacher, peers and parents. Blogs can be open to all or restricted.  Investigate the possibilities of BLOGS,
Video; Blogs in Plain English
Edublogs : made by educators for educators site
21Classes – Free Classroom and Education Blogs - Home
 Website for your Classroom
» – free education blogs to anyone who wants them
Make a Game of it!  One way to reinvest or produce is to create a game based on time period, characters, storyline, ...
 Play this one first.
Stranger than Fiction
then Google "student make games"
Just to see what is possible - see
See School of Rock video
for inspiration and insight.
Here are paths to "Rightness"
- Rock on.... ESL speaks deep!
ESL Through Music from The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT)
Video How far we've come
Add music to your very own playlist to listen to while online. There doesn't seem to be any way to embed this into other sites.
Mixxx Digital DJ
1. Upload or Record your own Tracks
2. Create an original Mix or personalize someone else's in our simple online Mixer
3. Show off your music: email it, embed it, or just sit back and let the Jamglue community discover your talent!
  Publish Podcasts
 Audacity: Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.  Using Audacity
Suggestions from :
Option 1: Podcast in Minutes with Odeo Studio
Odeo Studio (now ) is a free and easy way to record and upload podcasts for the classroom. Follow the site’s directions to create your own account, and then simply press a red button to record your first podcast. Give your podcast a title (Mrs. Smith’s Lecture on the Gilded Age, for example), and Odeo will give you a URL (Web site address) that you can share with students or parents. The process takes less than five minutes.
Option 2: Podcast by Phone with Gabcast
Don’t have a microphone or need to podcast off-site, maybe on a field trip to Washington DC? With Gabcast you simply dial a toll-free number and record a podcast anywhere, anytime using only your telephone. Go to the Web site, sign up and create what Gabcast calls "channels" or groups of podcasts. Make a channel for each group you teach. For example, if you teach four sections of Algebra I, you might want four channels. Create a PIN (personal identification number) and a password and you’re set. Grab a phone and record, and then send parents/students to Gabcast’s site to hear your podcast and comment on it.
Option 3: Podcast by PC
If your school or district has an easy way to share podcasts on your Web site, you can simply use Windows Sound Recorder (found under Start>All Programs>Accessories>Entertainment) to record audio. Sound Recorder saves the files in the mp3 format, the most popular sound format. Once uploaded by the school or district, the files can be played by parents or students using Windows Media Player, iTunes for PC or Mac, or other sound players. If you want to pause your recording – say, to let another student record after the first, or if you are a music teacher and want to compile several tracks and do some editing, consider downloading Audacity, a robust yet simple-to-use open source audio recorder and editor. First-time users find the program a snap and both PC and Mac expert users praise Audacity for its advanced features. Just be sure to also download LAME from the same site to reformat the Audacity files into mp3 files.
Apple's GarageBand software makes it easy to record, edit and transfer your podcast to iTune
Skype -will record conversations
Blubrry Create and distribute your podcasts here.
Chirbit Record with a microphone, type your text and it will turn it to speech, or upload a mp3 file. Micro-podcasting.
ClickCaster - create, broadcast and sell your very own radio shows and podcasts. You can record audio right from your browser or upload an existing audio files. Find, create and store your podcasts here; podcasts are reviewed before posting. A safe site for kids.
Gabcast.comAnother free service that allows you to record a podcast using your phone or VoIP.
Hipcast - Record high-quality audio right through the web browser or your phone. No additional software needed. (fee-based after 7 day trial)
Juice A free, open source, downloadable podcast manager
Mixcraft A multi-track audio and MIDI recording studio that enables you to record your band, make original compositions, create a podcast, create mash-ups or remix a song. Use it as a multi-track recorder or as a music loop remix program.
Podomatic Makes it easy to find, record and publish your podcast.
ProfCast Turn your Powerpoint presentation into a podcast and publish it to iTunes. Free trial. (downloadabe sofware)
Smart Board has video and audio recording tools that can be used to podcast.
SnapVine record and embed! A variety of widgets are available to put your voice on your webpage.
Vocaroo Easy to use voice recording. All you need is a microphone. Record and share by email or embed into your own page.
VoiceThread is more than an audio tool. The recently published Horizon Report 2009 K12 Edition published by the New Media Consortium refers to VoiceThread as one of the emerging technologies "likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within education." A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam) There is an education version.
Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. Similar to Gizmos and Photoface.
Yodio Record audio from your phone to photos or visuals
Jamglue: Mix and edit your audio clips with this online tool and when you’re done, share the finished product with other online visitors in a YouTube like format.
Audacity: One of the most popular free audio editors out there, audacity is multi-featured and allows users to record and edit in all kinds of formats.
Wave Surfer: Visualize and manipulate sounds with this free and customizable tool.
Looplab: Create and manipulate short loops and phrases with this great sound editing tool.
LAME: This open source tool makes it easy to encode and manipulate MP3s.
  Sound effects
Music and Sound Effects--free and safe for kids (from Tony Vincent's article at Reading Rockets: Creating Podcasts)
55 Great Websites to Download Free Sound Effects
FindSounds searches the web for sounds
Flash Kit - Sound FX
FooBar2008 converts music and audio files into the format you need. (downloadable software)
Jango internet radio that plays the music you like
LastFM a social music site. Type in the name of an artist you like...
Pandora learns to play the music you like and creates stations that play it
Podcast Bumper Music
Podsafe Audio
SoundzAbound Royalty-free music for schools
SoundSnap Database of audio sounds; download up to 5 clips per month for free.
Tony-b Machine create your own music here.
  Podcast Tutorials
A Beginner's Guide to Podcasting: Part 1 - A Consumer's Guide and Part 2 - A Creator's Guide
Free Podcasting Booklet
The Best Sites For Students To Record Audio By Phone
How to Create A Podcast A step-by-step tutorial
 Podcasting (pdf) - Overview of podcasting, student planning sheet, teacher introduction, ideas for student-created podcasts that support classroom technology integration, links and resources.
Podcasting Great wiki about podcasting basics and more..
VIncent of Learning in Hand fame from this page and then listen to a podcast -->
Podcasting in Education Video Series A three-part series from Apple.
 Podcasting in the School Library Media , part 2 (pdf)
Podcasting 101 A wiki dedicated to teaching all about podcasting: how to find podcasts, how to listen to them, how to create them--all from the library perspective.
Podcasting, Schmodcasting--What's the Hype?
Podcasting TIp Sheets(downloadble pdf files)
Podcasting Toolbox: 70 Podcasting Tools and Resources
Podcasting with Keynote(Mac) A podcast with slides made with Apple's Keynote software. Complete how-to!
Super Saturday Podcasting Workshop
Teens Podcasting @ Your Library: A Getting Started Guide
TechEase Print Video Tutorials (Mac) and TechEase Video Tutorials (Windows) Includes instructional videos on podcasting and podcasting tools
10 Great Ways to Use Audacity in the Classroom
20 Tips for an Excellent Podcast
What Everybody Ought To Know About Podcasting: Part I
What Everybody Ought To Know About Podcasting: Part II
Timelines have many possibilities but in the context of tools for developing the competency Reinvests..., they can be a means to understanding and demonstrating understanding of the story line. They can also provide a way to connect and generalize (Response Process)
Timelining inspiration: 

xtimeline – “best of the bunch for classroom use.”
Also visit for some examples and ideas.
    ReadWriteThink: Student Materials: Timeline
    Timeline is an interactive tool that invites students to generate descriptive timelines that can be plotted with their choice of units of measure
    Create a timeline using Microsoft Office Excel
    Using a Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet to create a timeline can save hours on student and teacher projects and also lets you easily and clearly organize
    Create timelines for free online using TimeRime
    Creating historical timelines is a great way to explain or teach someone about the history of a particular idea, concept, or object.
    Timelinr – A web 2.0 application for creating timelines online ...
    Timelinr is a simple web 2.0 application used for creating timelines online
      Digital scrapbooking:
     This concept ranges from a simple collection of labeled images to an elaborately designed and commented collection of mementos artfully crafted to heighten your emotions with background music.
      Digital Storytelling
    6.Digital storytelling:  Investigate the possibilities and create an activity where students create a Digital Story (with an example to model) , analyze the pedagogical possibilities and evaluate.
      Comic Strips
    Here are a few links to guide you:
    1.  Online 1                5.  A simple introduction to Word or PowerPoint Comics
    2.  Online 2                6.  Garfield Comics creator 
    3.  Online 3               7. Make a comic
    4.  Online 4            
      Photo Roman
    Photo Novelette 'Photo Roman' .This is a format that is easily accessible  through very common ICT resources. Basically a digital camera or even an image bank can provide the "photos" and different software programs and online resources provide the canvas and tools.
    AudioPal Create your message using a mike and your computer, type in the text (text-to-speech), upload an audio file, or call a toll-free number. You'll be emailed a link to the embeddable player.


    Educational software
    wiki by Suzie Vesper
    there are places where PowerPoint can be uploaded so that you can share them with a wider audience. Some of these tools are basically online versions of Office and some allow you to create your PowerPoint type displays using their online tools rather than just being able to upload from your computer.
    One True Media. Claims to be a very easy way to create slideshows on the Web, and add text, music and images.
    Here is a long list of other possibilities:
    Google Docs The complete suite for organizing, writing, presenting, polling and more -online
    Zoho The complete suite for organizing, writing, presenting, polling and more -online
    VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. is reserved for K-12 education only. There is also a VoiceThread wiki and a VoiceThread directory. In the directory, educators can add their contact information, VoiceThread project description, project dates and grade level if they are looking for collaborators on projects. Be sure to see the library page and examples. More examples and ideas can be found in Voicethread Examples in Education. Here's an example of VoiceThread being used to share favorite Web 2.0 tools. You can click on the comment button to add your own right from here!
      Video tools
    Free Video Editing Tools: comparative overview of 13 free video editing tools.
    Video Tools From 
    Animoto Upload photos, select music and Animoto renders a music video for you. Quick and easy. A 30-second video is free;
    KidsTube monitored video sharing for kids: created to provide a safe adn fun environment for peopel of all ages to upload, share, discuss and encourage creativity.
    Kids' VId Helps kids learn to use and share video as a tool for project based learning
    SchoolTube Curriculum related videos produced by and for students
    Fliggo lets your create your own video sharing site...LibraryMediaTube? or create one for your classes, teachers, different topics, project presentations, etc.
    FlixWagon Broadcast from your mobile phone or save video for later use; embeddable player. SImilar to Qik
    Kicklight Add text, links, or other visuals to any video.
    MediaConvert Free online file as well as audio and images, etc.
    TubeMogul Upload your videos to all major video sharing sites in one shot! Track its use, too.
    YouTube Snips Download YouTube videos quickly.
    Viddix. Add powerpoint, documents, and links to any video.
    Zamzar Download and convert video to a variety of different formats (Also converts other kinds of files to different formats)
      Screencasting Tools
    Jing Lets you capture screen images and/or what you do on your computer as a video (using free downloadable software) and then share online--great for tutorials!
    Screencast-O-Matic SImple screen capture device that produces screencasts--with or without sound--that can be embedded into your website without downloading software.
    ScreenCastle Push button recording!
    ScreenJelly "records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it as a video via Twitter or email. Use it to quickly share cool apps or software tips, report a bug, or just show stuff you like."
    Screenr is a "push button" screencast recording system. You don't even need to register, but if you do, you will find all your screencasts in one place. You will need a Twitter account, but you do not need to publish the recording to Twitter. (It gives you the option to post to Twitter or not.. You can post your screencast to any webpage, though, through the embed code.) You can record up to 5 minutes.
    ScreenToaster Features great video quality, the ability to add captions, plus it lets you easily upload your video to YouTube, or download it in a variety of formats for viewing or editing later.
    SelfCast Broadcast your own live show on your own channel!
    Skitch Screen capture tool--capture an image or create a screencast.
      Video Tutorials
    Breaking the YouTube Blockade
    Do You YouTube? Creating a Content Channel
    How Do I Use Big Think?
    How to Share Videos on Webshots
    Library Instruction Wiki ; YouTube
    Online Interactivity for Educators; A Teacher's Tour of YouTube (Edutopia)
    OurMedia: Learning Center
    Create a newspaper
    Also create...
    Posters | Brochures | Newspapers | Postcards | Mini Books | Trading Cards | Timelines | Vocabulary Cards | Fan Book | Bookmark | Door Hanger | Fortune Teller | Information Windows | Cube
      Publish: Images
    37 Photo Effects and Tools
    Make your pictures more lively, apply fancy effects and create real eye-catchers with this collection of easy to use photo effects. All photo tools on this site are browser based, very simple to use and can be combined with each other.
      Collages / Tools


    Flag Collage Motivational Poster Newscast Photo Circles Pop Art Collage Shape Tool Speech Bubble Editor Text Collage Wall Painting Wanted Poster
    Digital Porfolios Discussion and links
    ePEARL  based on sound research evidence, coupled with feedback from the field, ePEARL has been designed to encourage self-regulation in learners within student-centred curricula.
    PROJECTS Online Project environment
    Taking it Global We enable a collaborative learning community which provides youth with access to global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in decision-making.
    Language: Activities
    Lessons and Tests with Video  & Audio
    The Best Sites To Help ELL’s Learn Idioms & Slang
    The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary
      Quizzes +
    Flash Card Machine: This site allows you to create web-based flash cards to study the information you have for class using text and pictures.
    Quia: With Quia, you’ll be able to create your own online quizzes and educational games to help you study your materials in a more interactive fashion.
    Quizlet: Quizlet makes it easy to study things like vocabulary words with it’s online study tools. You can make quizzes, use your friend’s or browse existing flashcards on the site.
    Pauker: This open source program will test your short and long term memory with a system that makes it easy to create and reuse flashcards and quizzes. Interactives: Need a more interactive explanation of a concept from class? You’ll find dozens of educational ones here that can help explain geology, pharmacy, chemistry, math and more.

    Collaboration Collaborate: networking sites
    Campfire: Here students can create password protected chat rooms to discuss their assignments, collaborate on projects or just chat. Best of all, you won’t need to install a thing.
    CollegeRuled: Students can set up class message boards, create to-do lists and interact with classmates on this site.
    Campusbug: This site provides a social learning network where students can interact and chat with each other while asking questions and getting answers about class materials.
    Backpack: Backpack allows students to organize their notes, to-do lists and calendars while sharing information and working with classmates.
    The Campus Center: Students can get together and network on this site and also have access to note taking and spreadsheet programs.
    JotSpot: Working in a group just became easier with this online wiki tool that allows students to share notes, project ideas and information in an easily accessible format.
    Grouptivity: This site allows students to use email to start a group discussion about class projects and assignments or just to complain about their professors.

       Picture Dictionary
       Picture Dictionary
       Yahoo Kids
      Search Google
       Visual Dictionary
       Visual Dictionary 2
       CBC archives
       Language Tools
      Media Tutorials



    Teacher section

    Strategies Instructional Strategy
    SD = Identifying Similarities and Differences
    CL = Cooperative Learning
    SNT = Summarizing and Note-Taking
    ER = Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
    HP = Homework and Practice
    NR = Nonlinguistic Representation
    OF = Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
    HYP = Generating and Testing Hypotheses
    QCO = Questions, Cues, and Advance Organizers
    this wiki lists Web 2.0 tools and identifies instructional strategies in which they can be used:
    Technology and Language teaching Videos and Tutorials Workshop Presentation
    Tweaking the Competencies with ICT support  PowerPoint presentation 2007
      Web 2.0
    Posted by ddeubel
    on August 24, 2009
    The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience”
      Wikis and Blogs
    Wikis and Blogs 
    Twitter updates and assignments to students,
    Follow Technology active teachers.
    Teaching resources / Sites for Web 2.0 insight
    100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Type of Learner Categorized by learning style: visual, auditory, kinesthetic. Visual includes mind mapping tools, photo and video tools, etc.
    Best of ... Series from Larry Ferlazzo
    EFL Classroom 2.0  site - map (need to join - free)
    Suzie Vesper's sites
    Scholastics Social networks - Education   /  ESL _ EFL
    Top Tools for Learning & Teaching, 2009
      Learning styles & Web 2.0
    100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner
    Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
    Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are all about using web tools such as blogs, wiki, twitter, facebook to create connects with others which extend our learning, increases our reflection while enabling us to learn together as part of a global community. PLNs increase our opportunities to ask questions and receive help compared to our normal daily face-to-face interactions.
    Best of a PLN is it's personal! You make all the choices:
    1. What tools you use!
    2. Who you connect with!
    3. How you want to learn!
    4. When you want to learn!
      Tools: Search


    Enquiring Minds: Web2.0
    This site helps filter the vast possibilities to your defined needs
      Tools: Quiz
    Web 2.0 Quiz with Studiyo
    see students quiz and poll section
    Rubistar is an excellent web-based source of rubrics for any project or topic.
    Search by the specific type of rubric you want, or make your own!
    iRubric If you can't find what you want, you can create your own or modify an existing one. iRubrics can be embedded in webpages or wikis, too.
    Project Based Learning Checklists
    To make a project checklist for your students, choose the grade level for the type of project you want your students to do. You can choose from writing, presentation, multimedia or science projects. Then choose from a list of project guidelines and add your own if you'd like,
    Digital Storytelling Rubric
    Digital Writing and Research Video Project
    Multimedia Project Rubric
    Multimedia Project: YouTube Video
    SchoolTube Video Assessment Rubric
    Video Technology Rubric
    CMS - Content Management Systems abound on the Internet:
    NiceNet   a very simple alternative to complex CMS to try by joining a class as a student with this key - GZ4747A23  (see upper right hand corner)


    You can create your own MOODLE
    Moodle for English Teachers Ppt Presentation
    Up until this year WebCT was such a system used at the University of Sherbrooke especially in Pedagogy and supervision with teachers in training but a decision was made to transfer in 2009 to Moodle, a CMS that is free, open sourced and well supported by the Moodle community.
    Look at the contents available
    Here are some videos on Moodles Vid1  Vid2  Vid3  Vid4 among many available to browse.
    Forum :
      :) SPEAKing
    You are probably most familiar with the term - speaking but remember that speaking is skill-based and simply denotes an ability to say things - which this excerpt from the 1973 movie "J'ai Mon Voyage" demonstrates.   
    This should drive home the difference between SPEAKING, the skill and INTERACTS Orally in English - the competency.


    Compiled and presented by:

    Ron Mastine

    Updated 2013-2014