I had the privilege of teaching CALL to ESL teachers from around the world during the past two weeks. My main role was to show them some tech tools that would be useful for the projects that they had to complete by the end of the program. One of the challenges in selecting the tools was that not all of the teachers have Internet access in their classrooms. So, I attempted to provide at least one online and one offline option for each project. In the process, I not only introduced the tools and helped the teachers use them, but I also created quite a few how-to guides as PDFs for the tools. The shelf-life of these how-to guides is limited, given how quickly web tools change, so I wanted to get these out where other people can benefit from them before they expire. Below, I’ve included the how-to guides as well as links to other useful information. All information below is valid as of the date of posting!
[Update, August 5, 2013: I’m using this list with a group of teachers from China today, and the links highlighted in blue below are blocked in Beijing, according to Great Firewall of China. This information may not apply to other locations in China!]
List of Web 2.0 tools for CALL – the Diigo bookmark site that Susan Pennestri and I curate
Marcelo Andrade’s English Phonetics wiki – the website of one of the participants in the program!
Blogging (online only)
WordPress.com is good for making websites that include a blog. However, it is not ideal if you want to embed various media.
Blogger is a blog only, not a website. However, it is much easier to use than WordPress if you want to embed various media.
Download YouTube/other videos (online only; all require Java applet)
Time capsules (online)
newspapertemplate.net has Word templates for making newspapers.
You can also use the newsletter templates included in Microsoft Word and Publisher.
Text annotations (online)
Gloss Maker (HTML skills required)
Book reviews (online)
Dropbox – secure online file storage that you can share with students