Anupi web tools to empower language learners mazatlan 2014

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Cynthia Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Developmental Skills, Borough of Manhattan Community CollegeJoshua Belknap, ESL Lab Coordinator, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Web Tools to Empower Language Learners

CollaborationSocializationAuthenticityCreativitySharingHow are wikis valuable in the classroom?

Applications: Wikis & Collaborative ToolsReadingWordleWordsiftCollaborationWallwisherWikispacesWordpressPresentation ToolsJingPreziPowerpointPechaKucha




Create colorful graphic representations of texts based on word occurrence from any given text. Feed in the text either by copy and paste or by specifying a URL Analyze text and creates a colorful representation with more frequently occurring words appearing much larger than less frequent words. Adjust colors and designs to suit your taste.


Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn Wordle

How to use this with studentsReview/Summarize/Retell text Prediction Dialogue reconstruction Short poems / HaikuText comparisonPersonal informationTopic research tasksLearner training

WordsiftLow/High Frequency WordsSelection of leveled reading Common CorePreparation of materials


A virtual sticky notice-board Post stickies with text images, links to websites and even videosSimple to use Set access rightsEasy to create a wallCollaboration very simple and quick too


Theme based walls Creating schema of topic before/during/after readingVocabulary reference Share resource links Image-based tasks Create debate/discussionGrammar wallsHow to use this with students to support reading development

WikiCollaborative projectsRepository of materialsDiscussion boardsAnnouncements



Create free website or blogUser friendly CMS (Content Management System)Ready-made themesFree hosting & tech support


Capture videos, imagesRecord videos (up to 5 minutes free)Upload and share IM, email, social media, etc.

Web-based presentation toolStudent video projects (pro)Student-created materials


LecturesStudent PresentationsSupport writing different genres/purposes require different writing conventionsSupport reading reading for main/supporting ideas


20 images x 20 secondsImages advance automatically Intended for live, informal events but can be online tooTime is limited = short, concise presentations

Web-based presentations Listening and viewing tasksStudent video projectsStudent-created materialsOngoing collaborative projects

How to use Jing, Prezi, PPT and PechaKucha with students

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