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TALFL Keynote: Aim High (Tech)

Posted by Betsy on April 13, 2016 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

I am honored to be invited to give the keynote presentation at the Sixth TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Conference at West Chester University on April 16, 2016.

Presentation slides (PDF)

TodaysMeet room – online space for comments and questions during presentation

In the presentation, I mention many resources for language teaching and learning, many of which are free. I list them below, in order of appearance. If no language is explicitly mentioned, the resource is applicable to many or all languages.

  • TodaysMeet
  • Line – social network and video/voice/text chat
  • Facebook – social network
  • FUN – Massive open online courses (MOOCs) in French
  • gacco – MOOCs in Japanese
  • HelloTalk – mobile app for virtual language exchange
  • Tandem – mobile app for virtual language exchange
  • Google Forms – create online surveys
  • infogr.am – create interactive charts
  • Piktochart – create interactive charts
  • Microsoft Office Mix – create narrated presentations
  • Mixxer – set up virtual exchanges between learners or classes
  • Twister – create fake Twitter status updates
  • Simitator – create fake Facebook status updates
  • YouTube – Repository for online video
  • YouTube video editor – online video editing
  • iMovie – video editor for Mac
  • Movie Maker – video editor for Windows
  • Web Tools for Language Learning and Teaching – curated list of free technology tools for language teachers and students
  • Duolingo – learn languages through translation
  • Transparent Language – online language learning program (paid)
  • WeSpeke – set up virtual exchanges between learners or classes
  • Teletandem Brasil – set up language exchanges between your Portuguese class and Brazilian classes learning English
  • WordPress – blogging/website platform
  • Scribblenauts Remix – mobile game that can be played in German and English (paid)
  • Say the Same Thing – mobile game where you try to guess what the other player is thinking
  • 20Q – play twenty questions against the computer, choose a person, place, or thing
  • Akinator – play twenty questions against the computer, but choose a famous person/character
  • PurposeGames – create games based on your own content
  • Hiragana Keisan (Puchi Games) – calculation game using Japanese characters
  • Kahoot – create multiple choice games for competition in class
  • Rikaichan/Rikaikun – plugin for Firefox/Chrome browsers that produces a popup box showing the meaning & reading of Japanese words
  • Google Dictionary – plugin for Chrome browser that produces a popup box showing the meaning of words in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Slovak, and Spanish.
  • Zhongwen – plugin for Chrome browser that produces a popup box showing the meaning & reading of Chinese words
  • Adobe Acrobat – PDF creator and editor (paid)
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