Monday, March 28, 2016

Week#5 - Online Activities, Games, & Quizzes


Quizlet Beta Test
Combo Sets:  Class 1    Class 2

Begin Exploring Activities, Games, & Quizzes

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Week#4 - Feed Me! & Google Tools


Feed Me with!   
  Download the TTP-Feeds-2016.opml file here
Keeping up with the endless  stream of great CALL content out there can be overwhelming.  One of the tools that can help us 'sip from the firehose' is an RSS Reader.  This is a way to have new content come to you rather than having to constantly check sites you follow. We will get things set up in class, but if you have any questions about how the magic happens, the screencast below shows how to use to subscribe to sites you like. It was recorded for last year's TES531 course, but most of it is still up-to-date. 
Once it's all set up, you can  spend some time exploring the sites in your Feedly (and perhaps adding others).  As always, use Diigo to bookmark any interesting sites you encounter.

Explorations in different parts of the Google Universe.
Google offers a variety of useful tools which are included for free with a Google account.  Below are screencasts that describe some of these tools.  There were also recorded last year, but are mostly up-to-date. 
Gmail    Drive   Google Plus
Calendar   Translate
 Guides:  Google Docs
Google Presentations 
Google Photos Guide 

Google Forms allows you to collect student date and create online surveys or quizzes.
How-to Screencast

We used this Google Form to share your Book Club  preferences.

To Do Possibilities: 
  • Add a forwarder from your Gmail account to your main email account (if gmail isn't your main account)
  • Create a short Google Presentation (2 slides is OK) and post it on your blog.
  • Create a Google Form Survey and post it on your blog.
  • Upload a photo or two (or 100) to your Google photo space and share them with your TTP Classmates classmates in Google Plus.
    Add to your Shared Class Album   -    Class 1     Class 2
  • Use Google Translate (online or mobile) and see if it can accurately transcribe you speaking these Pronunciation Practice Sentences and Minimal Pairs

Chrome TOOLS
There are also a variety of ways to 'extend' Google's  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.
Google Dictionary 
This can be useful for quickly checking the meaning and pronunciation of words online.

Other Options

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Week#3 - Audio Resources & Tools

Trainees Choice Hour


  • Update your personal Quizlet  with words from any TTP course. (at least 10 words)
  • Check out the latest additions to our Book Club Possibilities.
     Last Call for comments and suggestions - we VOTE on Monday!
After that, you can read your ER books or do any of the following...
  • Practice your pronunciation using Google Translate or Speech Cognition
  • Listen to book conversations from Tuesday (in the Band).
  • Attempt to convert and/or edit those files.
  • Update your TTP journals 

Explore the Audio Guide
You can see a list of sites that use audio for language learning purposes along with a variety of audio tools, resources, and podcasts. 

Things to do/try
  •  Explore the audio-related sites listed in the Audio Guide.  Use Diigo to bookmark at least three interesting sites (from there or other sources). These can include audio activity sites, podcasts, audio utilities, or anything else that is related to the use of audio for language learning.

  • Recording and editing an audio file with Audacity. Audacity Introduction Screencast
    Audacity should already be installed on your BUFS laptop.  If not, you can download Audacity here.
    Record a short conversation or monologue about anything you like.
    - Export it as an mp3 file.
    - Then either
         -  upload it to your Google Drive and share the link
         -  Upload it to and post the flash player on your blog like this:

Smart phones can be an easy way to record conversations in a language class. Andriod phones come with a default recorder and there are many free apps available for Android and Iphones.
Optional Task : Record some audio on your phone. One of the issues with phone recordings is that they are sometimes saved in file formats (like .amr or m4a) that are not easily shared via Kakao, Band, or other apps. There are several ways to convert these files to friendlier formats. (Screencast Guide Here
 You can use online converters (listed on the Audio Guide) or upload your phone recording to your Google Drive and install the Driver Converter app by clicking 'Open with/Connect More Apps/and find 'Drive Converter'. I suggest converting that file to an mp3 file. You can also install the app and record that way (although you will not be able to download an mp3 and/or edit the file).