Voice thread | Powerpoint | Blackboard
A marvelous tool for exchanging comments, short speeches, and any kind of oral practice is Voice Thread. A susbscription for one instructor is about $100 year, but provides one Pro and 50 user accounts. As their website says: "Whether it's Distance Learning or adjunct coursework, a VoiceThread allows educators and students to use a single tool to host secure conversations around almost any type of media, videos, documents, images, or presentations. Present course materials within a rich, online environment that fosters a warmer, more engaging dialogue around ideas and concepts." Listen to teachers talking about how they use Voice Thread.
For offline presentations, strengthen skills with PowerPoint: Demonstration in PowerPoint
Template for a Jeopardy game in Powerpoint
Example of a Jeopardy game for a thematic unit review in Powerpoint
Here's a web video on the colors in Spanish: http://cfbpodcast.cfbisd.edu:16080/blojsom_resources/meta/stacyc/Los%20colores.mp4
Resources for adding to powerpoints: (right-click and choose Save as.. to your flash drive)
Water sound | Short Movie| Different Templates
Blackboard is a service that a school subscribes to in order
to allow teachers to have a web site for interactions with classes. GWU's website
has instructions on creating acourse on Blackboard: https://blackboard.gwu.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
Other schools, such as U of Texas, offer more detailed tutorials on Blackboard http://www.utexas.edu/academic/blackboard/tutorials/
Princeton even has animated tuotorials: http://www.princeton.edu/as/bb_animated_tutor.shtml
If you are working in a school where Blackboard is available, there should also
be training available. Ask the HR dept. for it.
Individual teachers who are not associated with a school that has a Blackboard
account are better off setting up their own website and placing the documents
and applications they want to use there. One of the drawbacks of Blackboard is
that once the class is over, the class site is no longer available except to
the professor. Another problem is that others cannot access your site if they
are not registered with the school. So if you want to show someone the neat things
you've created and uploaded you'd have to upload it to another site if that person
is not a student who can use the Blackboard account.