2011 August Curriculum Institute for SPS
Session One Welcome PowerPoint

Easily create original movies with these tools:

XtraNormal allows you to create movies with talking avatars of famous people that are sure to get your students' attention. View this video of a couple of famous guys who greeted our teachers at our August professional development session for world language teachers:

Anmish is another way to make movies. I think you'll recognize a few famous faces here too. Here's a short video that shows how it works:

And GoAnimate is yet another way to create animated movies.

Voki allows you to make voice recordings with a wide variety of avatars.

Gizmoz lets you create unrealistically realistic avatars. Could one of these tools be used to make a movie that takes your boring but necessary explanation of the syllabus to a new level that will have everyone's attention?

Make storybooks, comic books, and interactive posters

Create stories with Storyjumper My students absolutely loved Storyjumper! Here's a page from the story La Posada de Las Tres Cuerdas by Ana María Shua one of them made:


Storybird is another popular tool to create stories.

Mixbook allows students to create photo albums that can be supplemented with text in the target language. Imagine them creating a photo album about a real or imaginary trip to a country they have studied. It could look something like this.

Our Story lets students create really cool timelines. Talk about an engaging high tech way to finish off your preterite and imperfect unit!

Comiclife lets your fans of comic books boost their storytelling to a whole new level. Think about how they could use it to talk about their families, their favorite activities as well as those of their friends, what they did on a vacation, etc.

Toondoois another way to make absolutely incredible comic books.

Glogster is wonderful for creating interactive posters. Here's an example of how a university used Glogster to share cultural perspectives. Could your students do something similar to explore the people, products, and perspectives of a country they have studied?

More Powerful Web 2.0 tools:

WallWisher is great for so many uses. Kick off a project, see what vocab. they can apply to a theme, use for reflection at the end of a unit, and more. Here's an example of how students in a science class used it to show what they learned after a unit of study on dinosaurs.


Wordle is another useful tool for vocabulary. Give students a topic and see how many words they can generate to match it or let them choose a topic of personal interest and let them find personally meaningful vocabulary. Or think about having students present themselves by featuring their name and lots of adjectives that describe them as well as activities they love to do. They can be printed off and made into colorful wall decorations.

Here's a Spanish wordle created about digital natives:


Piclits is great for summing up a piece of literature, describing one's feelings, and expressing an opinion, illustrating a famous dicho or saying. I think it would be great for illustrating commands as in this example:


Popplet is new and could be a useful, creative tool for mapping out projects, creating a web of the major events in a story, article, or historical event. Here's a video that showcases lots of uses:

Animoto has been a longtime favorite of mine. Upload your own photos to make really wonderful location opener videos and show off what goes on in your classroom. Here's one I made some time ago about Costa Rica. I had Spanish 2 students view twice. During the second viewing they were to write all that they could identify in Spanish. I had some heritage speakers in the same class who really enjoyed the challenge of seeing how much they could write in a short time.

Photopeach is another service that works like Animoto. Both are very easy to use and make you and your students appear to be really tech savvy when in reality, all you have to do is click on a few buttons.

Voice Recordings:

Audacity lets students create and edit voice files. It is like having a language lab at any computer.

Vocaroo is a simple recording system that lets you create audio files to e-mail. Think about how students could use this to create a project at home and send to you when finished.

Other resources:

Edmodo is a secure social network for students and teachers.

GoogleDocs is a way to access all of your documents on any computer. It gives students the ability to collaborate with each other on projects although they may be working in different places. The video below gives you an overview of the benefits of educators and students using GoogleDocs:

I have some other tools such as Prezi and examples of how to use them as well as more about some of the tools listed above at my website

While there, I hope you'll find some other teaching resources that may be useful to you.

And the person who should really top this list is Toni Theisen ACTFL 2009 TEACHER OF THE YEAR You must visit Toni Theisen's wiki. She is constantly adding the latest and best Web 2.0 toys to her site. Google her name for even more sites that she maintains.

Two new sites to recommend: World Language Tech for lots of web applications that apply to world language teaching and French teachers, check out Frenchified which looks like a French version of Zachary Jones' Zambombazo that is highly popular with Spanish teachers.