Monday, March 26, 2018

Week#4 - Audio Sites & Tools

This week we are exploring the world of audio - sites that provide listening practice, tools that let us create and edit audio, and ways we can use it for ELT.

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.
  • Register at, create a Voki chatbot, and post it on your blog.
    Voki Screencast Guide here
  • Play with speech recognition. Google Doc Voice Typing and/or Google Translate
  • 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. Most messaging apps (Kakao, Band, Hangouts) now support audio message, however exporting those and/or publishing them esle can be challenging. 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).

Monday, March 19, 2018

Week#3 - Presentations & Video

End of the Week Goals
- Quizlet Vocab with at least 30 words
- post a slideshare or Google presentation on your blog
- add at least one video you use in your teaching to the Elementary or Secondary YouTube playlist
- post at least one video or playlist on your blog.

Go to the Presentations Guide.
  • Watch the video
  • Check the links of interest
  • Find a Slideshare presentation of interest and post it on your blog. 
  • Create a basic Google Presentation and post it on your blog. 

Look at  The Learning CALL Video Guide and 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
  • Creating a YouTube Playlist
To Do Tasks