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Student response systems
Socrative (now MasteryConnect) allows use of mobile devices for student response to class discussions
Apps for Teachers
Jill's article, "Google Homework"
Google for Teachers is a very revealing of many useful tweaks to Google's apps
Google and Free Apps explains how to use Google Forms for surveys, quizzes, and how to use the suite of Google Apps for education.
Lesson Planning Templates online
This generates a weekly plan that looks like this:
There is an Arabic Chat Alphabet (using numbers for Arabic characters)
Some teachers have their student create posters designed like "MySpace" pages to practice self-description.
Facebook has Language Exchange - Connect with people who want to exchange lessons in your second language and your first one.
A MySpace group called Babbly also arranges language exchanges.
At NVCC Dr. Christine Meloni has her ESL students share their writing on a wiki; a class in Dallas reads and responds to their pieces, while they read the writings of the students in Dallas.
Writing with ESL students on the computer opens up a world of useful resources to improve the accuracy and organization of their work: from the basic spell check to outlining tools, templates, and electronic facilitation of peer review and submission to the instructor. See my presentation on using a virtual community to encourage EFL writing.
Education Technology and General Methodology
Jill's chapter on ESL Technology Integration
The Internet TESL Journal is a monthly web journal that contains articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and links.
Here is the table of contents from the August 2007 issue:
* An Extensive Reading Program for Your ESL Classroom
By Mary Clarity
* Ten 5-Minute Activities to Keep Young ESL/EFL Learners on Their Toes
By Nina Lauder
* Guiding ESL Learners to Appreciate Poetry
By Chandrasekharan Praveen
* Oral Presentation: Discovering the Past, Predicting the Future
By Jason Williams
* Three "Co" Games: Collocation, Cooperation and Communication in EFL Classes
By Sinan Misirli
* Identity Problems of Non-native Teachers of English in Teacher Education
By Mehmet Demirezen
* Socially Responsible Teaching Against Ageism: Some Practical Solutions
By Arda Arikan
The Internet TESL Journal is available at http://iteslj.org .