Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weeks 8 & 9 - Another lap around the CALL Buffet

During session#2, we will focus on applying CALL tools and resources to your teaching situations.  Before tacklingn those challenges, let's take another look at what we've 'tasted' on the buffet so far. Take the next few hours to attempt tasks that interest you, keeping in mind how you might apply these to your teaching. 

Things to Do

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week#7 - End of Session Potpourri

To Do
Take turns updating your class Quizlet with definitions/translations for vocabulary words.  Quizlets:    Class 1  Class 2

Buffet Odds & Ends

Part#1 Site Building Tools

Take a look at the Site Building Tools Guide and watch the Site Building Screencast.  

To Do: 

  • Create a Padlet and Wordle and post them on your blog.
  • Use one of the photo manipulation tools to create a funny photo and post it on your blog and/or Google+ space. 
    See Jeff's lovely children - Guess the morphed trainee  Class 1    Class 2
  • (Optional) Create a Comic Strip panel and post it on your blog.
Screencast Guides

Part#2 Social Networking

Take a look at the Social Networking Guide

Explore some of the ELT groups and communities on Google+, Facebook, Diigo, LinkedIn, and elsewhere . 
Join ones of interest, bookmark them with Diigo, and/or create a blog post about any interesting discoveries.

If you're feeling ambitions, join twitter, finds some people to follow and send out your first tweet.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Week#6 - Presentations, Graphic Organizers, Mind Maps


Take a look at the 
Presentation Guide.

Things to Do/Try

Graphic Organizers,  Mindmaps, 

Take a look at the guides for Graphic Organizers and Mind Maps.
Try to create a simple mindmap or graphic organizer and post it on your blog.

Examples:  Lesson 2 Flowchart  Information Transfer Activity   K-12 Templates

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week#5 : Video + Activities, Games, & Quizzes


TO DO Options

  • Look at  The Learning CALL Video Guide and watch the screencasts there
    The guide covers....
    • Sites that use video for language learning
    • Posting Videos on your blog
    • Downloading YouTube and other online videos
    • Editing videos with Windows Movie Maker
    • Watching TV Shows and Movies online
    • Screen capturing & sharing
  • Look at the Language Learning Sites listed on the  Video Guide  Explore the sites listed there.  Use Diigo to bookmark  video sites of interest.

  • Go to, Ted Talks, or other video sharing sites,  find any video of interest, and post it on your blog.
  • Use a video download tool (like Torch Browswer or to save a video file from YouTube or another video sharing site.
    -  (Optional) Use Windows Movie Maker to edit that video (e.g. shorten it, add subtitles, etc.)
  • (Optional) Use your webcam to create and post your own video on YouTube.  Become a YouTube Star!  
  • (Optional) Use a screencapture tool like Screencast-o-matic to record a screencast and post it to YouTube or your blog.


Activities, Games, & Quizzes (continued)

  • Explore the Games & Activities Guide
    - Bookmark sites of interest using Diigo
    - If you know of other useful activity sites that are not listed on, please Diigo them and share them with the LearningCall Group.
    - Create either a Quizlet Set or a Profprof Quiz and post it on your blog
  • See How can I embed videos, presentations, and other items into a post? for information on how to embed something like into a blog post. 
  • Create a short post blog post describing useful sites you've found. If you weren't satisfied with what you found any, post descriptions of the kinds of activities you'd like to find.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week#4 - Google Tools, Audio, and Activities

Interesting Find of the Week: Swing browser  스윙 브라우저

Google Tools
Gmail    Drive   Google Plus
Calendar   Translate
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Chrome TOOLS
There are a a variety of ways to 'extend' the Chrome browser to add functionality.
You can see all extensions in the 'Chrome Web Store'.   (despite the word 'store', extensions are free)
Below are some CALL-related extensions.

Dictionary Extensions
Google Dictionary
This can be useful for quickly checking the meaning and pronunciation of words online.

Other Options

===Google Tasks to Try===
  • Create a short Google Presentation (2 slides is OK) or Google Form (Survey) , post it on your blog
  • Upload a photo or two (or 100) to your Google photo space and share them with your TTP classmates in Google Plus. 
  • Go to the TTP Fall 2014 Calendar and add an event - it can be real or fake, serious or funny.

Explore the Audio Guide
Use Audacity,, or your phone to record your Pronunciation Practice.  Upload that file to your Google Drive and share it with ''.

Things to do/try
  • Look at resources, use Diigo to bookmark interesting ones
  • Try to record an audio file with Audacity or online recorders. 
  • Try to extract audio from an online video
  • Try to make a Voki chatbot and post it on your blog

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week#3 - Feed Me! (from the Buffet and Feedly)

Week#3 Overview

Using an RSS Reader like to subscribe to sites you like.

We will do this in class together, but if you have any additional questions, you can watch the screencast below.  In order to get things set up, you will need to  Download the CALL-feeds-fall2014.opml file here  and follow the instructions (in class or from the video below)


Blogger Tweaks Questions? Blogger Guide.  To see some examples of what you can do with a 'Blogger' blog check out the ones below.
To experiment with your new blog, try

Group Notes & Quizlet
Help annotate your Class Group Notes or Quizlet
Group Notes : Class 1 Class 2 
Quizlets: Class 1 Class 2

Hanging Out in the Google Universe
Add your classmates to a 'circle' (Class#1 hereClass#2 here)
Later, you can update your Google+ profilefind others to follow, and download the Hangout app to use it  on mobile devices.

Coming Attractions

Next week we will start exploring other parts of the Google Universe.  Feel free to take a sneak peek.
Gmail    Drive   Google Plus
Calendar   Translate
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Begin Exploring Activities, Games, & Quizzes