Students can use www.animoto.com to create impressive videos to showcase their language skills. Instead of traditional ice breakers, why not ask groups to work together to create a film introducing themselves in target language?
www.voki.com is a good alternative for the camera shy as they can select an avatar to present their recordings.
www.zondle.com is a brilliant where you can create games and assign them to your teaching groups to complete. There are a range of ways you can input questions - multiple choice, true or false etc, but you can also upload mp3s to create listening exercises. It is free to use and there is an app available to make it easier for student with tablets or smartphones to access. It is worth a look whatever your subject.
There have been some useful suggestions on twitter today on how to subtitle videos. Firstly thanks to @candidagould for this suggestion. www.amara.org/en/ and also for the suggestion that students could subtitle their own videos. This is a great idea in the lead up to speaking exams and controlled assessments.
@joedale also recommends www.dotsub.com for subtitling.
I've mentioned before the idea if showing students adverts with the sound off so the can write their own script - they could use these to add their own subtitles also perhaps.
Voxopop allows you to create talk groups to help students develop their speaking skills. I haven't tried it yet but it looks an excellent way to engage students with group talk and talk groups can be private or restricted.
The internet offers students even re opportunities to experience different countries. There are several excellent apps such as sphere and 360explorer which help to transport students into different cities. If you don't have access to an iPad there are lots of useful sites to explore. Try www.tourwrist.com and www.europe.arounder.com/en/
www.primarypad.com allows different users to contribute to a document. Students could comment on the question of the day or work together to improve a piece of writing, using the marking criteria. To be able to work together, you just need to send students the URL so why not QR code it to make access even easier? Each contributor writes in a different colour and can add their names so it easy to see what students added.
Thanks to @atantot for sharing this fun site, where llamas shape to create your message. www.llamafont.com
Kahoot is very easy and free to use. You can set up quizzes, surveys or a poll and students then independently submit their answers. A useful alternative to socrative. www.getkahoot.com
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