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Digital School Start

In August 2018, Digitalisation was added into the Swedish Curriculum with the intention that all teachers would prepare the students for the digital age. As WebEnglish.se strives to ease teachers’ workload, we have added Digital Tools. This page is designated for presenting tools, ideas, and the digital learning that the web author encounters when implementing digitalisation in her own classes. 

Right at the beginning of the school year, you can introduce digitalisation to your classes by changing some of your school start activities to include digital tools. On the other hand, Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) gave a good reminder on Twitter:

Do I want students looking at a screen individually the first day of school, filling out Google forms or even or [do I want them] interacting face to face and the students talking to each other and me?

Keeping this in mind, choose carefully, which tasks are better / quicker / more fun / more motivating done digitally and still give you time to interact face to face with the students. Here are some of my ideas to choose from:

Introducing yourself 

For several years, I have used a short video about myself (made with Adobe Spark) that I have shown the students at the beginning of our first class. After the video, they have asked me questions that the video didn’t give an answer to. These questions could be given anonymously on PearDeck, without losing the face-to-face experience and, at the same time, giving courage to the silent ones to present their questions, too. If you make your presentation on Google Slides, the students can ask their questions right there.

Student introductions

When presenting my film, my ambition has been that I would then let the students make their own films. This has, however, seemed too cumbersome and with the flow of new and improved tools coming out, there are several easier ways to let students introduce themselves digitally. Here are some examples:

Vocaroo, for voice recording, either about oneself or an interview with another student.

Flipgrid, for voice (and selfie) recording.

Google Drawings for making a visual presentation with text, pictures, lines, photos and even videos.

Integral Motivation 

I used to let students write a letter to themselves on paper, where they described what a good year they had had as if it was now already the end of May next year. I collected the papers and gave them back at the end of the year. Now there is a site that does it for me: FutureMe.org, where anyone can write a letter to themselves and set the date when the letter will be delivered back.

Students can also make their own, digital Vision Board on any slide- or drawing tool.

Planning

The Swedish Curriculum emphasises the need to let your students be part of the planning process. One way of doing this is presented in WebEnglish.se Planning Page. Instead of using paper handouts to have students give their preferences when choosing themes, for example, you can make a questionnaire on Google Forms and let Google count the voting results instantly for you.

For an open classroom discussion, the best tool to collaborate on the big screen is Padlet, but students can also first discuss various choices in smaller groups just by sharing a Google Document. Gone are the days when one student did all the work in teamwork.

More Digital Tools

Hover on the links in below picture to read about the tools

WatchKin

Watchkin

Watchkinhttps://watchkin.com/Watch Youtube videos without distractions in a family-friendly environment

Better at English

Learn English conversation online : Better at English podcast lessonshttps://www.betteratenglish.com/be-episode-archivesListen and learn authentic English conversation online with our free podcasts and transcripts. Archive of all previous Better at English podcast episodes.

EnglishClass 101

Learn English Online with Podcasts - EnglishClass101
Learn English Online with Podcasts – EnglishClass101https://www.englishclass101.com/The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn English and English culture. Start speaking English in minutes with audio and video lessons, audio dictionary, and learning community!

Culips ESL Podcast

Learn English for everyday use | Culips ESL Podcast

Learn English for everyday use | Culips ESL Podcasthttps://esl.culips.com/The core of each podcast is an acted out dialogue between two characters. The rest of the episode then concentrates on keywords and their uses and meanings. The English is spoken at about half normal speed and is, therefore, quite easy to follow. Each podcast is accompanied by a learning guide.

Blended Play

Blended Games for the classroom using YOUR content
Blended Games for the classroom using YOUR contenthttps://www.blendedplay.com/Blended Play is a free online gaming portal for any classroom content. Write your questions and start playing!

Plot Generator

Story Generator

Story Generatorhttps://www.plot-generator.org.uk/story/Automatic short story generator tool. Choose some keywords and we will automatically create a short story in seconds.

Story Toolz


Story Toolz

Story Toolzhttps://www.storytoolz.com/

Various tools to help students start writing and improve their writing

1:1 Learning in WebEnglish.se


1:1 Learning

1:1 Learninghttps://webenglish.se/11-learning/%20?

Links to websites, where students can practise 1:1, by themselves, at school or at home.

MadLibs

RedKid.Net

RedKid.Nethttp://www.redkid.net/madlibs/A Mad Lib is an interactive story that you add words to. When prompted, you insert a specific type of word. Once all words are added, the story is ready. The end story is usually quite funny.

Cloze test creator

 

Cloze test creatorhttp://l.georges.online.fr/tools/cloze.htmllets you paste in a passage of text, choose how you want words removed, and then generates your cloze test, with an optional word bank

Factitious

FactitiousFactitioushttp://factitious.augamestudio.com/#/Can you tell the real news from the fake news? A game.

Voki

Voki - Home

Voki – Homehttps://www.voki.comA presentation tool for both teachers and students. Lessons, homework and projects have never been more engaging and fun. Easily share among teachers, students and parents.

WordArt

WordArt.com - Word Cloud Art Creator
WordArt.com – Word Cloud Art Creatorhttps://wordart.com/WordArt.com is an online word cloud art creator that enables you to create amazing and unique word cloud art with ease

DocHub

DocHub

DocHubhttps://dochub.com/Sign, edit, and share PDFs, Word documents, and more.

10 Ways to Use Flipgrid

10+ ways to use Flipgrid's newest features in the classroom | Ditch That Textbook

10+ ways to use Flipgrid’s newest features in the classroom | Ditch That Textbookhttps://ditchthattextbook.com/2018/08/16/10-ways-to-use-flipgrids-newest-features-in-the-classroom/Flipgrid’s features include a cool new camera and player, Grid Pals, Vibes and more. (Oh, and it’s FREE now!) How can you use these in the classroom? Here are some suggestions.

BackChannel Chat

Backchannel Chat - Safe Secure Classroom Discussions

Backchannel Chat – Safe Secure Classroom Discussionshttp://backchannelchat.com/Backchannel Chat is a class discussion tool that was designed from the ground up to support teachers. Backchannels are great for increasing participation in classroom discussions.

Snippet

Snippet | Organize your favorite book quotes
Snippet | Organize your favorite book quoteshttps://gosnippet.com/?landing=highlighterSnippet SIGN UP LOGIN Highlight what’s interesting on the web Save your favorite text snippets directly from your browser Sign Up Now – It’s free! Highlight the web Collect information from…

10 Overlooked Google Docs Features

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Overlooked Google Docs Features

10 Overlooked Google Docs Featureshttps://www.freetech4teachers.com/2018/08/10-overlooked-google-docs-features.htmlGoogle Docs has a lot of features that new users often don’t notice. Some of these features will save you time, some will give you more formatting flexibility, and others will improve the way that you share your documents.

PearDeck

Pear Deck

Pear Deckhttps://www.peardeck.com/Pear Deck was founded by educators on a mission to help teachers engage every student, every day.

5 Google Drawings features

5 Google Drawings features you don't know about - YouTube
5 Google Drawings features – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/8nDTtEU1C1I(12:55) If you use Google Drawings in the classroom, you know its potential for creating awesome classroom activities. Here are 5 Google Drawings features you don’t know about.

Quizalize

Quizalize - Pinpoint classroom progress in real-time

Quizalize https://www.quizalize.com/Pinpoint classroom progress in real-time – Quizalize lets you engage your class and deliver instant assessments for personalised learning on any computer, tablet or smartphone.

Kahoot

Kahoot! | Learning Games | Make Learning Awesome!

Kahoot! https://kahoot.com/Kahoot! is a game-based platform that makes learning awesome for millions of people all over the world. Sign up to create and play fun quiz games!

Code.org

Anybody can learn | Code.org

Code.orghttps://code.org/Anybody can learn | Every student in every school deserves the opportunity to study computer science.

Mentimeter

Interactive presentation software - Mentimeter

Mentimeterhttps://www.mentimeter.com/Interactive presentation software – Ideas: Exit ticket, Classroom Poll

15 Ways to Use Google Keep

15 Ways for Students to Use Google Keep.pdf - Google Drive

15 Ways to Use Google Keep.pdf https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9K7-Sq48JfWRHJad2lOZThGQjA/viewHelp Students Get Organized, Track Progress, Take Notes, and more with Google Keep! [infographic] | Shake Up Learning

EFClass

EF Class - English lessons. Designed for you.

EF Class http://class.ef.comEF Class is a complete set of flexible learning materials and tools to help teachers run engaging, interactive, and motivational English lessons. Sign up to get your teacher account.

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome — Pear Deckhttps://www.peardeck.com/be-internet-awesomeTeach Digital Citizenship with Be Internet Awesome and Pear Deck. Every student needs to know how to safely navigate the digital world.

NoRedInk

NoRedInk https://www.noredink.comNoRedInk is on a mission to build better writers. Assign tests to check your students’ knowledge of language form

BookCreator

Book Creator https://bookcreator.com/Book Creator is a simple tool to create ebooks on iPad, Chromebooks and on the web. Create a book and publish it. You can also share your book as a PDF and print it.

A Fair(y) Use Tale

A Fair(y) Use Tale (captioned) - YouTube

A Fair(y) Use Tale – YouTube https://youtu.be/BeKFAM892k4(10 min) Captioned. An educational video on copyright by professor Eric Fadden at Bucknell University. Idea: Leave out the captions first and let students decipher the text.

Quizlet

Learning tools & flashcards, for free | Quizlet

Quizlethttps://quizlet.com/Learning tools & flashcards, for free | Create vocabulary quizzes for students to study

Padlet

Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world

Padlethttps://en.padlet.com/The easiest way to create and collaborate in the world. Ideas: Exit tickets, Brainstorming

Flipgrid

Flipgrid - Video for student engagement and formative assessment

Flipgrid https://flipgrid.com/Video for student engagement and formative assessment. Use video the way your students do.

How to make #BookSnaps

#BookSnaps w/Snapchat (Revised) - R.E.A.L. Talk w/Tara M. Martin Episode 29 - YouTube

#BookSnaps w/Snapchat – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/9U6NVv84DD8R.E.A.L. Talk w/Tara M. Martin Episode 29 #BookSnaps with Snapchat – How-To Video (with arrows)

Vocaroo

Vocaroo | Online voice recorder
Vocaroo | Online voice recorderhttps://vocaroo.com/The premier voice recording service. Very easy; Just click and start recording.

How Computers Work

Introducing How Computers Work - YouTube

Introducing How Computers Work – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/OAx_6-wdslMBill Gates kicks off an introduction to the series How Computers Work. A playlist

Hemingway App

Hemingway Editor
Hemingway Editorhttp://www.hemingwayapp.com/Paste in something you’re working on and edit away. Or, click the Write button and compose something new.

Quizizz

Quizizz:
Quizizz:https://quizizz.comCreate free quizzes on content or vocabulary

Write and Improve

Cambridge English Write & Improve

Cambridge English Write & Improvehttps://writeandimprove.com/workbooks#/wi-workbooksWrite & Improve is a free service for learners of English to practice their written English.

ReadWorks

ReadWorkshttps://www.readworks.org/Assign articles and research-based reading comprehension curriculum to your students at http://www.readworks.org, completely free.

Peer Grade App

Peergradehttps://peergrade.ioThis app administrates peer feedback once you have made the assignment and feedback criteria