Watching this video clip yesterday reminded of the post I wrote at the start of the year about CuePrompter the autocue which works straight from your browser. Why not give it a try and see if it helps the fluency of your pupils' podcast delivery?
In this short clip, Chris Fuller shows how easy it is to spellcheck a Word document written in Spanish by using the default multilingual proofreading tools. This trick would work of course for other languages such as French. Thanks Chris.
Thinking outside the classroom box the presentation Chris Fuller gave at The Language Show 2008 went down a storm. His words on blogging, moblogging, podcasting and mobile phones amongst other things inspired the audience and gave them food for thought about their own practice. Thanks to the power of technology you can enjoy his talk too with this slidecast and audio recording. Hope you like it too.
That said, for both Mac and PC users, I would recommend watching all three of the videos as they offer sound advice for anyone interested in getting into Skype and podcasting. For Pete's sake, you know I'm right!
This weekend, my blog and I reached 2 significant landmarks. Firstly my sitemeter clocked up 150,000 hits and I hit 40!
Thank you to everyone for your lovely multilingual tweets (see below) and thank you to my school colleagues and Lil Wight Lies fronted by rock legend Richard Peace for a great night out last night (see above). Rock on!
Unfortunately, there is quite a lot of inappropriate content on the site and therefore I would not recommend pupils login and make their own role-plays. Hopefully an education version will be made available in the future as the learning potential is definitely there. However, in the meantime, it could be used as a model for role-plays or presenting new language as Nik suggests in his teaching tips.
If the site is blocked in your school, you could make a clip at home, download it with Real Player 11 and then bring it in on a USB stick or play it directly from your laptop (if you are lucky enough to have one).
But which is the best though? In the following two 'colourful' vodcasts (marked as 'clean' on Podomatic), Evil Sue and Good Sue road test the first two discussing the pros and cons of each device in their own inimitable way. Check out their MicroMemo and TuneTalk clips here to find out more.
For an overview of how an iPod voice recorder can be used in class, have a look at this clip which looks at the Xtrememac MicroMemo in particular, but which offers useful ideas for any device that can record audio on the move. Check out Jess McCulloch's recent post on using iPods and mobile phones in her languages classroom. An awesome read!
Have a look at this clip too where ESL teacher Monica Arnold from Moody High School demonstrates her uses of iPods in the classroom
In this wee video clip, Marcus McGowan shows how easy it is to make a WeeMee avatar and convert it into a standalone image file. This is what Sharon Tonner has done with her primary classes so each pupils has his or her own avatar. Very cool.
For some more ideas on how you can use WeeMees, have a look at this earlier post Try a WeeMee for free which should also help get you started.