Learner Experiences

  • Whiteboard.fi – Tutorial

    Whiteboard.fi is a free online tool which allows you to create a virtual classroom in seconds where students each have a digital whiteboard to write on.  A tutorial is now available to download.

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    QWiQR – Tutorial

    QWIQR is a free web tool which allows language teachers to record personalised audio feedback. A tutorial is now available to download.

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    Voice Record Pro 7

    Voice Record Pro is a free app on iOS and Android which allows language teachers to promote listening and speaking skills in and out of the classroom.

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    Mystery Skype in the MFL Classroom: Tutorial

    Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype.

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    Russian Digital Storytelling Project

    Apart from being our daily fuel and providing nourishment, food has a long tradition in art and literature. These facts are not only very stimulating in learning Russian but they also sound “tasty”.

    Russian food and various dishes from its rich cuisine have always been subjects  of still life painting and have become an integral part of being “active protagonists” in   famous poems, novels and stories written by outstanding Russian writers and poets.

    This website is an example of student projects that bring together food, art, literature and poetry. This is a project that shares many features of digital storytelling and is an activity that you could do with students.

    Click here to go to the website.

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    WebQuests

    Advantages, structure and design of a webquest.

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    Russian Alphabet

    Sound files to accompany basic lessons, alphabet and phonics.

    Access them here.

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    Master Russian

    Free grammar lessons, useful vocabulary words and phrases, helpful tips on learning the Russian language, and hand-picked links to the best websites about the Russian language.

    Access it here.

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    Padlet

    Make beautiful boards, documents, and web pages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to. This site is a fantastic way to help create the languages portfolio for students taking the Junior Cycle MFL qualification.

    Click here to access.

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    VIDEO: Irish Teachers using ICT in the classroom

    ICT in the post-primary MFL classroom (collaborative project by the PDST, PPLI and NCTE). If you would like to see more of the content, then read more.

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    SpeakPipe Tutorial: Online Oral Recordings

    Do you want to find a way of getting your students to record their oral work by using a device? SpeakPipe Voice Recorder is a free web tool which allows users to record up to 5 minutes of audio in the browser on any device and send it via a link or download it as an .mp3 file. A great way for students to capture their speaking work and send it to the teacher to be assessed or upload their audio to an e-portfolio as a record of their progression over time.

    Users don’t need to create an account to use the service either. Click here.

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    PhotoSpeak (Tutorial) for Oral and Written Work

    PhotoSpeak is a free iOS app which allows you to animate the mouth and eyes of a photo or hand drawn picture of a face and save the results as a video. A creative way of promoting speaking in the languages classroom, you can take a picture of someone’s face with the default camera or find a royalty free image of a famous person’s face and turn it into a talking character.

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    My Talking Avatar (Tutorial): Oral Work

    My Talking Avatar Free is a free iOS app which is wonderful for promoting speaking in the languages classroom as it lets you create an animated character and record your voice for up to 5 minutes as a video. You can also add your own background image or create one in an app like Pic Collage as an example of ‘appsmashing’.

    Click here.

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    iFun Face (Tutorial): Promoting Oral Production

    iFunFace is a free iOS and Android app which is great for promoting speaking by allowing you to super impose an animated mouth and eyes over a still image of a face or faces and record a video of you and someone else having a conversation in the target language.

    Click here.

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    Google Keep (Tutorial)

    Google Keep is a free note-taking app which can help busy language teachers keep organised with to do lists, reminders and colour-coded multimedia notes synced across all your devices.You can add labels to notes making them easy to group by theme and find through a quick search. Students can use Google Keep too to promote autonomous learning and revision practice.

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