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Pinterest – Who are you following?

12 Feb

Hi everyone,

I am hooked on Pinterest!  I don’t even look at it unless I have more than a half hour uninterrupted (how often does that happen??).  I think it is a great place to curate (the buzz word for sites you collect other sites on) because images are so much easier to remember.  A list of links doesn’t jog the memory as well.  The simplicity doesn’t hurt either.  Make sure you have the “Pin it” button, it is so very useful.

I am following some great people.  You can see who they are by clicking on “Following” on my page.  If you are following some great World Language teachers, I would love to know who they are.  I also have an interest in pinners who pin about History and using technology in the classroom.

I haven’t checked it out much but there is a similar site to Pinterest called EdShelf.  It looks promising too.  

Here are some other links that may be helpful to you relating to Pinterest:

How to save a copy of your Pinterest boards as a pdf

Larry Ferlazzo’s Pinterest compilation

16 Ways Educators can use Pinterest infographic

37 ways teachers should use Pinterest

Your Guide to Pinterest free eBook download

Are you using Pinterest with your students?  Please share how!

¡Gracias!  Penny


Dynamic HTML – Spanish Activities

6 Nov

Dynamic HTML – Spanish Activities.

Teacher Paul Widergren has posted many of his original creations online, including a collection of PowerPoint presentations for teaching Spanish and a collection of dynamic HTML activities in which students categorize or match written vocabulary with pictures.

181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School

28 Jun

181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School [Updated] – Online Colleges.

Lots of Great Stuff!!  Here’s a run-down:

#1-35   Search Tips
#36-47  Education
#48-65  Google Docs
#46-95  Gmail
#96-107  Calendar
#108-120 Google Mobile
#121-154  Google Chrome
#155-165  Google Books
#166-170  Google Voice
#171-181  Google Services and Apps


Visuals and Clip art for World Language Class

27 May

I just found this great site for World Language Class visuals, so I thought I would include it in a post for those of us still making our own worksheets or web pages.

The newest resource I have is Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction.  It has incredible images and scenes that can be used in World Language classes.  I am using it now to put together a Power Point where students will tell me if the scene would use a reflexive or non-reflexive verb.

I also found this great Picasa collection by Maestra AyL.  I foudn both of these resources on this great sqworl page.

Here are the rest of my Clip Art/images favorites:

WP Clip Art: LOVE this one

Florida Educational Technology Clearinghouse

World Images

Clipart form PPPST

Coloring Hut: Directory of free coloring pages

FL Clipart

UVic’s Language Teaching Clip Art: Transparent or white backgrounds

Canadian Theme Clip art: For my French teaching friends…

Picto: Site in French, but still usable to non-French speakers


Copyright Free Photos: Arranged by topic

Multicolr Search Lab:  Search by color.  Fun!

Cheez Burger LOL Builder

Happy creating!  Make sure to share your own favorites!



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


Online Spanish Verb Resources

8 May

I use online resources frequently.

I do tell the students not to use online translators, but I tell them that there is a difference between using translators for full sentences and paragraphs and using a translator or dictionary site to find a word or conjugation.

Here are some of my favorite online resources for Spanish verbs:

Language Guide: Clearly see conjugations and LISTEN to the correct pronunciation.

Spanish Verb Forms:  My favorite list of verbs & conjugations

Spanish Verb Conjugations:  Nicely arranged

Reflexive Verbs: Nice long list

Learn Spanish Today:  Conjugations plus list of verbs


Let me know what your favorite verb resources are !

Thanks, Penny



Apps in Education

9 Apr

I was sharing by email some links to Apps for Education.  I thought, why not post it as long as I have them all put together?  I am new to using Apps but have collected links and compilations as I have discovered them.

In General:
Recommended iPad Apps:  Sorted by grade and subject

An Introductory Guide to iPads for Teachers:  Nice blog post

3 Free Apps for pacing presentations

Virginia Dept of Ed Apps

Apps I am Looking into for World Language:

The Best Apps for Foreign Language Education:  Compilation from a #langchat session.

Toontastic:  Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show – simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your stories through play! Once you’re done, Toontastic will play back your animation and voice as a cartoon.

Quipper:  Make quizzes

Dan Nickolai: How tablets accelerate the ease of learning a foreign language:  blog post that discusses choosing Apps.

If you are using some great Apps, please share!


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

Everyday WL class techy tools

7 Apr

There are some online tools that I use in my class for different purposes.  Here are my favorites:

Online Stopwatch:A simple timer that will do a countdown or a stopwatch.  Set the time, use the optional music, hear a bell when time is up.
It works great when you have different stations set up to give the students a signal of when to move on (a gallery walk, etc.).   Project it to let the students peek at how much time they have left.
I also use it when I tell the students they have 10 minutes and want to stick to it…
Class Tools also has a great timer.  I am just stubborn enough to stick with the one I started with.

Dice Server:
A very simple concept.  Click on the page and roll the dice.
As a class we have used it to practice verbs.  I have on the board a list of 6 subjects with the numbers 1-6 in front of them.  There is also a list of infinitives with the numbers 1-6 in front of them. Example:

1- Yo                                             1- hablar
2- Nosotras                                2- vivir
3- Ricardo                                  3- comer
4- Ellos                                         4- tener
5- Tú                                             5- ir
6- Mis amigos                           6- jugar

Once the dice is rolled, the first die tells you which subject to use, the second tells you what infinitive to conjugate.  Using the example above, A roll of a 2 & 4 would mean the subject is Nosotras and the verb is tener.  Students write their answer on the whiteboard, I count down from 10 (giving all students ample time) and they show me their answers.  Great check up on how they are doing!
I am sure there are many other possibilities.
You can also give the URL to the students and they can use their phones to do the dice rolling, although I prefer the movement of the real dice in partner games.

Random Name Selector:
When you want to do some speaking practice, this site works kind of like drawing out the Popsicle sticks with names on them in elementary classes (I have those too).  It does a little more than the sticks could though.  You can type in your student names once then have them any time you want!  Once you have a list of names you can get a URL to bookmark or an embed code to put in your class page to use over and over again.
As a bonus, once the picker has chosen a name, you can hit a timer.  For example, when you are doing presentations.  Choose who goes next with the picker, click on the number of minutes were the maximum or minimum.
Or, maybe you just want your students to speak on a topic for a minute or two.  Project the page and the visual helps them get their timing right.

Another similar site is the Team Maker.  Type or copy and paste names into the site to have teams randomly picked.  You can choose the names of the teams, and your output can be in web page or in Excel.  I suggest you have your classes typed into an Excel sheet to copy and paste when needed.  Those lists come in handy at times anyway.

My favorite everyday online site is Quizlet.    

We go over our vocabulary every day.  We begin with Spanish to English flashcards.  After a couple of days we switch it to English to Spanish.  To avoid students blurting out the answer before others can even process it, we do a 3 count.  The 3 count can be a mixture of snaps, claps, stomps, etc.  I let the students pick the 3 count sequence before we start.  Once they hear the word, they do the 3 count in unison (they do it-participation points count on it).  That’s the other awesome thing about Quizlet flashcards…there is audio for every word, and it is said correctly in Spanish (or French)  and in English because you set the language for each side of the flashcard.
Practicing with Quizlet is also a choice on their homework grid.  I have each of them make a free account at Quizlet, then join my group (based on what level they are in).  If they do any sort of practice, I can see it on my dashboard.  There have some choices of practice activities or practice games.
Be sure to make groups for each of your levels in your own account.  When you make a set of flashcards, add it to the appropriate set.

Just a few of my favorites I thought I would share.  Enjoy!


Eighty Alternatives to YouTube.pdf – Google Docs

2 Apr

eighty Alternatives to YouTube.pdf – Google Docs.

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