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Grockit Answers

12 Jul

Grockit Answers.

Start a Question & Answer page for any video on YouTube.
Share it with your class or share it with your friends.

I have to try this…..  I think if I were to post my Flipped Classroom videos on You Tube, this would be a great addition.


World Language Rationale

21 May

World Language teachers definitely know the importance and value of learning another language.  Sometimes our love of the subject is not enough to express that importance to others.  Here are some of my favorite resources to help talk to administrators, community members, parents and students.  At the bottom I linked my favorite You Tube videos that are high interest to students.  

Routes Into Languages

700 Reasons for Studying Languages

Why Study Languages: E.L. Easton

St. Johns: Why Learn a Foreign Language

Why, How and When Should My Child Learn a Second Language Brochure

Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities Brochure

Working Together to Build a Multilingual Society Brochure

Language Study in the Age of Globalization Brochure

About World Languages

10 proven Brain Benefits of Being Bilingual

Room for Debate: The World Has Changed

Larry Ferlazzo’s compilation of resources


You Tube Videos:  Why Learn a Language.  These are very short and good when there are a few minutes left in class.  Berlitz has many great videos.  Be sure to preview them first, some are inappropriate (not these ones):

Learn Another Language (goldfish)

Learning English (German Coast Guard)

Bilingual Cat

He Needs Agua

Berlitz Ad – Toupee

Do You Speak English  I tell students this is how you may be treated if you don’t try to speak even a little of the native language.

I am sure there is a lot more out there.  Share what great resources you have.

Gracias, Penny


You Tube in class

9 Apr

We use You Tube frequently in World Languages, it is a great resource!

Before sharing, I would like to stress that you save your videos in playlists.  Also, use descriptive names for your playlists so you can find the videos you want again easily.

I ALWAYS use You Tube videos for reflexive verbs.  Once the students have individual flashcards made, we watch “Morning routine” and “Bedtime routine” videos.  They put their flashcards in order of what they see.  **Watch the videos ahead of time and pick your favorites (short & vocab packed).

Right now we are learning the  “Qué Llueva” song by projecting the video with lyrics and singing it.  It is “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” in Spanish.

Another type of You Tube videos that was discussed during Twitter #langchat for class use are videos without words.  Great for dubbing and speaking practice.  This playlist was given during our chat:  Animations sans Mots

The Vancouver Film School channel has some great short videos that you can use for dubbing as well.  Make sure you are in the “Videos” tab, then click on Playlists.  Just turn down the sound… I heard this through #langchat, too.  It’s like online PD!  🙂

To have students dub, I use Voice Thread.  This is quite a project but it can easily be done.  Upload a video to Voice Thread.  Maybe one with no words, or one with cultural aspects.  The students will prepare their script.  They use a voice recorder like “Sound Recorder” (in Accessories portion of Programs menu), Audacity, Garage Band, etc. to record their work as they are watching the video.  The timing takes a little practice and you need to reassure them that it will not be perfect.  They upload the audio clip to the video and it is finished.  It saves a lot of time if you only have a few videos for them to choose from.  It also makes sure they are using a video of a current vocabulary topic.

I have not browsed extensively, but there are some great channels for use in World Language.  Here are a couple that I know if.  Again, make sure you are in the “Videos” tab, then click on Playlists to see them by category.
Spanish Together
Señor Jordan

If you have some favorites, I would love to hear about them!

Tube Chop allows you to easily “chop” a portion of a You Tube video.  Just use what you need!  A great tool for those videos that have good stuff but are just too long.

Listen to You Tube:  Convert a You Tube video to an MP3 audio file.

Here are some references I have about using You Tube in class:

This is a great article: 10 You Tube URL Tricks You Should Know About.

Here is a quick tip to get rid of the ads, etc:  The You Tube Trick.

These are sites where you paste in the URL of the You Tube video you want to download to a flashdrive for later use.  Possibly to show in class without the ads or to upload it to a wiki/web page/ Power Point.  There is no program to download, just pick a format for your end video:  Keep Tube    Download Tube    Save Tube    Keep Vid  

Quiet Tube is a site where you can drag a bookmarklet to your links menu, then for “supported” videos you can click the bookmarklet and eliminate the ads, etc.

Alternatives to You Tube, perhaps because You Tube is blocked in your school or because some of these sites categorize videos:

This Google Doc is interesting: Eighty Alternatives to You Tube.  I haven’t read through it all yet…

Watch Know Learn:  Free educational activities sorted by subject.

Happy You Tubing!  Penny

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