Session Description:This fast-paced session will highlight web-based applications that enable students and teachers to create digital media products in the target language that exemplify the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Web 2.0 applications provide unprecedented mediums to personalize, collaborate, and publish. Skills that will guide learning in the world language classroom 2.0. If possible, bring your wireless internet-enabled laptop and discover Web 2.0 opportunities to enrich your classroom and be(come) a digital citizen.


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Today's Meet (backchannel)

Wallwisher:Leave your thoughts, learning and/or reflections about the session here.

Primary Pad: Let's put our heads together and brainstorm how to use these tools to enhance learning.


Web-Based Applications for Creating Content!

While exploring each of the groups of content-creating environments below, answer the following questions:
1. What does this example allow the student to create?
2. What modes of communication could be demonstrated with this product?
3. Why do students find this medium engaging?
4. What ideas do you have for using this authoring environment in your classroom in your role as a teacher?
5. What ideas do you have for students using this authoring environment?

Group A: Giving Voice

1. Voki - create an avatar and add your own voice

How to make a Voki: external image msword.png How to make a Voki(2).doc

2. **Fotobabble**


3. Blabberize
Student example:Le Renard speaks from "The Little Prince"

Voicethread (interpretive & presentational)

Digital storytelling with the ability to have text, audio, video, or doodle commentary on each slide. You must have a VoiceThread account in order to create or comment.

You can set preferences to allow others to comment as well. VoiceThread is an interesting, easy to use web-based environment for digital storytelling and there is an education portal.

Langwitchesdescribes how she used it with her students and how to get started.

(Linked examples:)

Read more about how educators are using VoiceThread - there are many examples here!

(Embedded example: Added by using the embed code!)

Each picture in this VoiceThread is used as a prompt: How did they meet? Create a story....

This quick start guide can get you started!

Think VoiceThreads is a wiki created by educators on the PBwiki platform - great ideas there too!

Like VoiceThread? Here is a VoiceThread Ning you could consider joining - connect with other teachers and share ideas about Voicethread!

Animoto & xtranormal (Toni) (interpretive & presentational)

How To:
The Digital Classroom Animoto
Animotomusic-use pictures to create a story or share information. Get Animoto Education Edition: unlimited videos for you and your students

Another MmeT. production:Le Petit Prince

French I students make Animoto videos to remember the "Jeux Olympiques 2010"
French II students make Animoto videos to summarize "Les Jeux Olympiques 2010"

Six easy ways for students to create videos onlineThere is a screen cast movie for using Animoto.

Xtranormal:Text to speech movie making. You can also watch, share or embed other movies already made. Choose set, characters and a voice from a range of international accents.
Want more detail explanations to making an XtraNormal, then watch this YouTube video
Here is Mme. T movie:Le déjeuner

Colorado State University pre-service teachers thank T. Theisen for Web 2.0 tool workshop


Collaborative story telling by jannachiang on Storybird

Storybird: Create your own stories with a wonderful set of images from different artists. To includes accents-write the story in Word and then copy and paste. Students can collaborate on a story also. Can publish stories, but they are not yet allowing stories in other languages to be public. But you can invite people to read your story. Then they can use the link you sent to read story in the language. For students learning English there are some great stories to read.

Storybird Wiki: A place to share readings in other languages. Fiona Joyce has developed this wiki to share Storybird stories and gives advice on how to make them public.

Skype (interpersonal)

The latest skype even allow screen sharing!


Google maps
Using Google Maps for telling directions in the foreign language.
Google presentation format: Using Google Maps in Different Languages to "Get Directions."
Watch this ppt for an explanation of using street view with Google maps.

Embedding YouTube Videos into placemarks
Writing a Story in Google Maps by Silvia Tolisano
Postcard geography: Colette Cassinelli

Using Google Earth

Interesting Ways to Use Google Earth in the Classroom

Google Lit Trips
This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students map the story. (Check out the Candide by Voltaire Lit Trip)
Google Earth basics
Using Google Earth in class
Google Earth 101 for Educators wiki with how to videos and curriculum lessons


What is Glogster? (Chinese example) (French example in progress)

Wikis and Blogs (interpretive & presentational)
A wiki or blog will provide the environment in which the above products can be published. By having a blog or wiki, all the web 2.0 content (or links to the content) can be gathered and published in one place, making it convenient for both teachers and students.

What is a wiki?
A wiki is a website where one or more people can edit the pages and participate in a discussion. Wiki is a Hawaiian word for fast. This is a webpage that can be edited quickly.

Note: a wiki page can be edited by only one person at a time.

Levels of Privacy:
  • Public – anyone can edit, anyone can view
  • Protected – anyone can view, only members can edit
  • Private – only members can view and edit
Wiki features that teachers find useful:
  • History tab – see the recent changes to a page, showing who made what edit
  • History tab – see the time stamp of when the change was made
  • Protected pages – lock some pages for editing only by administrators
  • Notifications – be notified of changes on pages you specify, or the entire wiki
  • Discussion – talk about issues related to the page content
  • Embeddable content – as students complete assignments, students can embed content onto the page (from other websites), add files, etc. on the page; saves the teacher time from sorting through email links and bouncing to websites – all the content is on the wiki
How to make a Wikispace: external image msword.png How to make a wikispace.doc

Wiki Considerations
  • What is the purpose of your wiki?
  • Who will be able to edit what parts?
  • Will each student have his/her own page?
  • Who can join the wiki?
  • Will you be using the comments? If so, are you moderating?
  • Will you have other administrators?


Ah-Bon French middle school wiki
David Warlick's CoLearners shows how a presenter can put presentations, notes, handouts, and invite participants.
FrauLyon high school German wiki
Mme Thomas French class wiki
Teresita Eldridge Spanish
Wanglaoshi Wiki Chinese K-1 wiki
La Réole, France and Loveland, Colorado classes collaborative wiki
LHS French 4 student wikispaces portfolios

Flat Classroom Project has new collaborative projects for 2009-2010
Youth Wiki is a collaborative project across several schools

LanguageLinks2006 and specifically the Intern Level Methods shows how wikis can be an interactive tool for World Language Methods courses

ISTE has a NETS Implementation site

Educational Wikis provides a rationale and examples for K-12
TeachWeb20 is an interesting collaborative wiki evaluating Web 2.0 tools

If you don't have a account, then go to
And, need help? Check out the video tours of Wikispaces to learn how to begin editing your page, add images and media, and personalize your space.

The main page of the Wikispaces Help has quite an array of help topics to chose from.
For more specific information that has been asked for by teachers, it can be found in the Teachers Section of the Wikispaces help. There are a few more resources about halfway down the page under heading number 8 (a couple PDFs and PowerPoints)


View the Blogs in Plain English from Common Craft.

What type of content is in a post?
• Instructional • Informational • Reviews • Lists • Interviews • Case Studies • Profiles • Link Posts • Problem Post • Contrasting Two Options • Rant • Inspirational • Research • Collaboration • Prediction and Review • Critique • Debate • Hypothetical • Satirical • Memes and Projects

What is the purpose of the blog?
• Promotional • Informational • Persuasive • Editorial • Provocative • Collaborative
10 Ways to use your edublog to teach
How you can use your edublog to start conversations

Community of Learners is a blog started just a few days ago out of necessity - school closed because of H1N1 and teachers expected to continue teaching online. An interesting companion site is Intrepid Teacher's own blog!
Daily French Pod offers snippets of language, culture, audio and video!
Kinderkids Classroom is a kindergarten blog in a New Hampshire school
More Spanish by Sherry Amorocho looks at tech and world languages
Nodehill Spanish focuses on middle schoolers
PMarriott simply puts homework online

Spanish for the MassesTamara Tendrop - high school Spanish I blog - student entries on right
Thompson Valley High School Spanish IV blog assignments:check the comments for student responses
The World A.T. Ways blog highlights tech and world languages
World Language Lab from the University of Chicago Lab School highlights tech and world languages also

Plan your blog
Who is your intended audience?
What is the purpose of your blog? Personal? Professional? Instructional? Collaborative?
What kind of media are you interested in using?
What would you like your blog to be called?

Edublogs - a free web-based blog service specifically for educators; video tutorials and helpful support forums make this a terrific site.

Collaboration with Google Docs (interpersonal with live coauthoring, interpretive & presentational)

Ever need to gather information about/from your students AND have it at your digital fingertips? Collect it through either a Google Docs Spreadsheet form or a Survey Monkey free survey.

Let's collect a little information about our group in this Google Form!
If your students are going to collect and analyze data, here is a possibleexternal image msword.png [[file/view/survey checklist.doc|survey checklist.doc]] to evaluate their work.

Want to use Google Forms in your classroom? A Form is part of the Google Spreadsheet, which is part of Google Docs. You need a Google Account. You may use any email address as your login for a Google Account ID - and a confirmation will be required. Read more:

Setting up a Google Account ID: Google is testing verification by text message instead of email - if you do not have a text messaging plan, follow the "contact us" link on the verification page to request account activation.

Getting started with Google docs:

Take Google Forms one step further - turn your form into a self-grading activity (think quiz, exit ticket, quick comprehension check, etc.) - learn more with this 9 minute video tutorial.

Entering world language characters requires the use of ASCII characters - one option is to use ALT+ the number code you see on this table (scroll down for the extended character table).

Google has a whole section dedicated to Google Docs for Educators.Gmail address aliases (variations using "." or "+") - from gmail, or perhaps this explanation or this explanation,

Google is constantly releasing new features, gadgets, and tools. Have you ever played with Google Flashcards?