Class Dojo

In class, it is sometimes hard to find good classroom management techniques. Small strategies work but in some cases, it would be better to have a clear system to regulate the students’ behavior. One of these systems is Class Dojo.

Class Dojo is a classroom management tool, an online software, on which teachers can give points to students or take points for them.  It is very easy to use. As a teacher, you only have to sign up to the website. Students can then choose their avatar. They have the choice between a lot of different little monsters, which then appear next to their name in the class homepage. Every time you give or take points, it is automatically updated on the class homepage. Another interesting point about Class Dojo is that the parents can also sign up to the website and be aware of their child’s progress throughout the day.

You are also able to take attendance with Class Dojo, which is another useful feature of the website. There are also other options on the site. You can give points to students who behave accordingly to the rules, or you take points from students who do not follow them.

Examples of points that can be given by Class Dojo in an ESL classroom are, of course, speaking in English in class, using a new grammar rule, doing good teamwork, being quiet while moving to another class, and even doing their homework! On the other hand the negative points can be given for not following the rules, for talking in French, or for not doing their homework. It is easy to customize and change the reason why you take or give points. You can also look on some websites for strategies and tricks to use Class Dojo. There are also sound effects associated with giving or taking points.

Here are some tips concerning the best kinds of feedback to use in class, which can easily be used in an ESL classroom. You can use this program to create a fun learning class atmosphere with your students. You can also use this put emphasis on a particular rule, such as speaking English in the class.

However, its uses are kind of limited to this. Still, it is a good learning tool, and I think that I would personally use it in a class. However, the Class Dojo system would have to be implemented at the begining of the school year.

Dipity

In the classroom, more interactive content is often better. Nowadays, there are websites which make every small aspect of the classroom interactive. Examples of content which can be made interactive with the help of websites are pictures, maps, presentations, and timelines. This last example is the element the Dipity website makes interactive.

 

Dipity is a website on which you can create interactive timelines. You can put images, videos, links to websites, and others at any place on the Dipity Timeline. Next to each item you can write a small description of the item. People can also comment on each small item individually. A small point about Dipity, however, is that if you want to input an element efficiently, you need the day, month, and year this event happened (you can always approximate a date if there is no real date.)

 

Here is an example of a Dipity timeline on the life of Steve Jobs.

 

You can join Dipity for free. However, there is a limitation the number of Dipity timelines you can create. With the free account, you can only create 3 timelines. However, if you want to, you can update to the Premium account, but it costs 5$ a month. Even if you can only create 3 timelines, you still have access to most of the basic editing features.

 

In an ESL class, you can use Dipity for a lot of things. You can, for example, ask your students to create autobiographical timelines, or create a timeline about yourself (both in English of course). You could also ask the students to create a timeline about an aspect of an English speaking country’s culture (these ideas were found on the Teacher Technology Resource blog). You can also have your students create a timeline for a project in class. For example, you could have them do a timeline on a reading they have to do, or a movie they have to watch.

 

A good point of the Dipity website is that while it is simple, you still have to enter the info manually. This means that students will have to spend some time on the website, which will help them learn better (info found here.) Also, doing a timeline about something can help students learn more about it, since they have to do a bit of research. This website gives good comments about Dipity, saying that it is a good way to increase the students’ comprehension.
Personally, I would maybe use Dipity. However, I am not so sure I would regularly use sit in a classroom, because while it is quite simple, it is expensive if you want to make more than three timelines. I still think that, in some cases, it is a website that can be useful.

Make Beliefs Comix

A good way to have the students be interested in the class’ material and to have them invest more in the projects is to choose activities that are educational, related to the class’ material, and fun for the students. An example of these kinds of fun activities is having the students create comic strips. MakeBeliefsComix is a website on which you can create small comic strips.

 

The website itself is more than easy to use. In order to make a comic, you don’t even have to register or have an account! You only go to the comic creation page and start creating. You can choose from a wide variety of characters, items, backgrounds, and speech bubbles, and can move, flip, or resize them. It is simple to create a small comic strip. I tried the editing tool and was able to create a comic strip in less than five minutes! I used two different characters, two different backgrounds, one object (a cellphone), and three speech bubbles. Every time I made a mistake, it was easy to delete the objects I did not need or resize and move characters that were not in the right place anymore.

MakeBeliefComix

(You should trust Abraham Lincoln)

What makes the editing tool even better is that there are a lot of options and settings to choose from. Each character can have four different expressions, and the number and originality of the backgrounds availables (such as a rainy day, a snowy day, a classroom, a living room or a busy street) allow every user to make a truly original comic strip. You can also write text in more than 10 languages.

 

Once you are done creating your strip (unfortunately, there is no  »save » button), you can either create a link to be able to show it to others, print it or send it to a friend (or to the teacher) by email. The comics cannot be downloaded, but it is easy to take a screen capture, crop it in a simple picture editing software such a Paint and download the picture into your computer files.

Here is a complete tutorial

 

MakeBeliefsComix can be used in a lots of ways in an ESL classroom. For example, the teacher can use the website to create cute and interesting comics related to the course’s content. Students can also make comic strips to practice their conversation skills, or create a comic explaining a grammar point (these ideas were found here by a future ESL teacher). Students can also create comics to study vocabulary words. You can also have the students create a comic strip in English related to a prompt or a subject. (these two ideas come from this page).

 

Even if the website only allows users to create one comic strip at a time, you can print them or save them to your computer to create a multi-strip comic (thanks Douglas Walker for the idea). This small comic tool can also be used by ESL teachers to give interesting homework ideas to students. They can also give small in-class assignment such as text comprehensions, movie comprehensions, or radio show comprehensions (as found on this website).

 

I personally think that it is a great tool, and I would use it in class. I would have my students practice new vocabulary words by putting them in context in a small comic. I think that the simplicity of the comic creation tool is really simple and fun to operate, and that students will like it. This tool makes learning and practicing conversion skills more fun.

 

Story Jumper

A very easy way to test students’ comprehension and level of mastery of different grammatical elements is to have them write either a small text, a small story, or any other form of written products. Writing stories and creating small books in class can be a great form of evaluation for students, and is also an activity that they will find fun. However, these projects can be quite long to complete, and some students that have less of an artistic side can be quite easily bored by such activities. However, Story Jumper is a website that helps students create stories by providing templates, pictures and all kinds of templates.

 

Using Story Jumper is rather simple. First of all, you can register for free to the website. You can also register for a free teacher account, which will allow you to supervise your group as well as to supervise and give feedback to the students’ stories. Creating stories is also surprisingly simple. The editing tool’s interface is really simple, and the commands are easy to operate. You work and build your book page by page. You can add props from the website’s own props bank or add your own images. The site’s props bank allows you to choose from dozens of small images, such as chickens, boats, pirate hats, and many others, and to create the characters that will animate your story from many different faces, heads, and bodies. The images can be moved around and turned, and you can make them bigger or smaller. You can also add a background to the page. Finally, you can add text to your page. The text editor, while not having too many functions, resemble Microsoft Word’s.

 

It is very easy to go back to revise your work. Saving is also quite simple, and can be done at all times. An interactive tutorial for Story Jumper can be found here. After having finished writing your story, you have a few choices. You can keep the story to yourself or share it with a few friends (free), you can have a paper copy printed (from 12.95$), you can have a hardcover copy printed (from 24.95$), or you can have access to unlimited online downloads of your book to print it at home (1.95$). More information about prices can be found on this page. Trying the website, I created a small 4 pages book in order to test the editing features. It took me no more than 15 minutes to create this example of a book that could be done in class. Reading the books online is also very fun, since the pages are animated and turn like a real book’s.

 

A function of Story Jumper that is very useful for class is it’s confidentiality. Parents must create an account for the younger students to be able to work at home on Story Jumper. They are also, with the teacher, the only ones who can access the students’ stories and share them. This is particularly important for younger groups, since their informations and stories are protected.

 

Story Jumper has some interesting applications in an ESL classroom. Even though you cannot use it in a lot of different ways (you can only create stories with it), the story creating tool can be used for many different purposes. You can have students write a small book on a particular subject (related to the theme of the unit seen in class, for example). You could also have older students create a book on a particular aspect seen in class (for example, a small book showing comparatives and superlatives) and later have them present their book and teach younger students (as Douglas Walker, educator, proposed on his blog. Another idea is to have the students create a small book during the first class and present it in front of the class to learn more about their classmates. Some teachers also proposed using the story creating tool to create small books for the students (such as a book explaining a more difficult part of a grammar lesson) (More ideas like this one can be found on this wiki page. Finally, Story Creator can be used as a tool to make writing projects more interesting. For example, you could have your students write a small children story in English in class, and after they have completed it, have them create a book on Story Jumper. You could even, with the parents’ approval, order copies of the books to either give back to the students or keep in your class for future students (Luckily, Story Jumper offers a 10% discount to teachers who order more than 15 books at a time). This tool is liked by educators, and has even been rated ‘’Very Good’’ by the Graphite website.
I would personally use Story Jumper in class. I think that it is a great tool that can make story writing more interactive and more fun for the students. However, I would not use it myself to make stories for the class since it can be very time consuming to create stories, and I would prefer to use slide presentations to do so. Still, I would recommend it, since the image banks are really diverse and full of fun images students can play with, and because of its teacher account which allows you to follow your students’ progress. One last point I like about Story Jumper is that even if it is free to create your online books, you can also have them printed for a very good price.

ThingLink

Making images and graphs more interactive can often be a challenge. Once you have explained or described said graph or image, not much more can be done with them. A really useful tool to make images more interactive is Thinglink. Thinglink allows users to add interactive content on a picture. These pictures become interactive, with videos, images, web pages, and document embed into the images.

 

The website is actually quite simple to operate. As soon as the user register, he or she is able to create new interactive images, by uploading an image from the internet or from a computer. Then, the user will be able to tag content onto different parts of an image. Images, videos, and links to websites can be linked to a picture. Depending on the source and format of the media, it will open on the same page or in a new tab. The user can also add a small caption to accompany the media. An app is also available for users with mobile devices.

 

Here is a small video tutorial to get you started on Thinglink.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STDjjfkmTVU

 

This tool is very useful for ESL teachers because it can allow them to present students with more interactive material to explore. It can also make lesson planning easier since all of the links, images and videos are on the same page. The website has a teacher version, so you can sign up as a teacher. Doing this, you can register your own students into the website. You upload a list of your students’ names and the website is going to give you a login code and a password for each student. You can then create a classroom online, which you act as a channel where you can share the images that you make. However, there are some limitations to the free version of teachers’ Thinglink. You can only have 1 classroom, and no more than a hundred students in it. You can pay to update to the premium version, which only costs $35 a year, and will be able to add as many students as you like (up to a thousand!) and will also have access to a rich text editor for the media descriptions, custom icons, and a few other features. Still, the free version is still a wonderful tool that a teacher can use. A few other features of the free version of the Thinglink teacher account are explained here.

 

I personally tried the website by doing an image that I could have asked students to do for a project. I took a random picture and attached different educational elements to it. My image was called ‘’A simple summer scene’’. I took a picture of a small church near a road that I found online, and linked various things to it. For example, I put links to images related to church on the church, and I put a video explaining how trees can grow so high on the part of the picture that showed a tree. the whole thing took me around ten minutes to make, and was ready to be shared and used.

 

There are many things that you can do as an ESL teacher with Thinglink. At the beginning of the year, you can have students make an image where they link different things representing them. Then you could have them present that image in front of the class. They could also make an interactive map of an English speaking country and present it in front of the class.They could link popular attractions, museums, pictures and others to the map. You could also link videos explaining a particular grammar point to a picture of a sentence featuring that particular grammar point. More ideas of uses of Thinglink in class can be found in this document.

I personally think that this tool is a great tool for ESL teachers, and I think that I will use t in the future, for both students’ projects and for my lessons. One of the reasons why I think I will use it is that it is really simple to make an interactive image with this website. Also, it is very versatile and you can use interactive images to teach or talk about anything. It is also free, easy to use, and has a mobile version! All these good points add to the value of Thinglink as a website that is useful for teachers and students.

The Integration of Blendspace in an ESL classroom

Teachers want to follow their students and make sure that everyone understand the main concepts as well as the most important material. However, in a regular classroom environment, such thing is not always possible. Some students who have questions will be too shy to speak up, and some points that maybe should have been talked about more in class will not be. An alternative that allow teachers to assess their students’ understanding is Blendspace. Blendspace, formerly known as Edcanvas, is a platform on which you can create quizzes, lessons, anwith which you can know who needs more help with what.

 

The school version of the website is quite simple. As a teacher, you create lessons on the website. To do so, you can embed videos, pictures and documents both from the internet and from your computer. The website allows to search many different educational-oriented databases as well as other databases such as Youtube or Flickr. You can upload documents, pictures, and videos from computer, you Dropbox account, and even from your Google Drive account, which means that you can create your lessons on any computer! If you cannot find a particular document or piece of information, you can always write one on the website itself. It has a small editor, with which you can edit and format your text as you wish. Each document, video, picture, website or other becomes a ‘’tile’’ in your presentation. Once the media is imported, you can choose the order in which students will see the different elements by simply moving the tiles.

 

To assess students’ understanding of the lessons, you can create quizzes about the different elements of the lessons. You can write multiple choice questions, which will be answered by the students. You will then be able to see you got what mark, and what questions were more difficult for the students in general. Another functionality is the ‘’I like/ I’m not a fan’’ option. Students can click on either of the choices after, for example, watching a video. This will allow you to make your lessons better over time. The students can also click the ‘’Can we go over this in class?’’ button, which means that they need help with that particular element. You will be able to see exactly who needs help with what, so you can help students in private or talk about the element in front of the whole class. Students can also comment elements, which can be used to make sure they understand the material or to have them discuss a particular elements. One more interesting feature of Blendspace is that you can see who has spent time on the lesson and seen it and how many time they have spent on it on average. A more detailed explanation of this feature with an example of a lesson done online by an educator can be found here.

 

Blendspace is a great tool for ESL teachers because it allows the teacher to monitor the students’ progress so that he or she can adapt to it in class. This platform also allows the teacher to blend lessons. Blending is a kind of teaching where both online resources and traditional teaching are used. It can be used in an ESL classroom for a lot of purposes. For example, you can invite you students at the beginning of the year on Blendspace and post an online lesson every week about the notion you are going to see in class the following week. Without replacing class time, this can allow time class to be used more efficiently, since students can signify which parts are easier for them and which parts they want to spend more time on. It can also be used for projects. You can create online lessons about a particular subject to facilitate their research, or even have them find media to create lessons themselves. Another way to use Blendspace in an ESL classroom is to introduce a subject – you can gather some media about the subject of the unit you will be working on and present it in front of the class. You can also have your students react to images or texts, and even include grammar worksheets in your online lessons.

 

As a future ESL teacher, I think that I would personally use Blendspace in a classroom, for many reasons. I think that it is a great tool, and that it can easily be used as a platform for a school year. It is easy to create online lessons and to see who has actually seen what. Also, since I try to blend my teaching with videos, pictures, online quizzes and other resources, I feel like Blendspace is a tool that could help me achieve that goal. I also think that it is a good way to provide students with more material that they can access in their free time.

 

Here is a good tutorial to get started on Blendspace, it shows some interesting features:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICw-MlgPAlI

Kahoot!

In a classroom, it is good to involve the students and make the content more interactive. The more students feel like they are involved in the class and in the materials, the more they will learn. Nowadays, there are a few websites and softwares available to do so. One of these websites is Kahoot. Kahoot allows users to create online quizzes, surveys, and poll questions.

 

It is a very simple website. You, as a teacher, create a quiz or use one already existing (when creating a Kahoot, you will be given the choice to keep your Kahoot private or to make it public, which allows other to use your quiz). The quizzes themselves are quite easy to create. You only have to type in the questions and answers, and choose a few options, such as the points given and how many answers and  questions there will be. Once a quiz is done, you will be able to ‘’launch it’’. This can easily be done in front of the class, by projecting your screen for all students to see. The screen will show a game pin (game number), which the students will have to enter in the website on their own mobile device or computer. The website for the students is different from the one you use as a teacher. It is Kahoot.it. Once the students are connected to the website and to the Kahoot itself, they choose a nickname, and they can answer in real time the questions projected in front of the class. After the quiz, there is a scoreboard, on which are written the highest achievers of the group. This can motivate students to do well in tests in order to be featured on the scoreboard.

 

Quizzes can be done on many different subjects and in many different ways relevant to the ESL classroom. For example, an educator posting on the Kahoot online forum mentionned using it to introduce new concepts or to reinforce knowledge. He also mentioned using it to challenge students to create their own Kahoots. In an ESL classroom, for example, you can create a Kahoot to introduce a new unit, or to activate prior knowledge as a pre-activity. You could also use the website to have students create their own quizzes, for example about a particular grammar point they had been working on. Another educator proposed 10 ways to use Kahoot in a classroom, some more useful for an ESL classroom than others. Among these, using Kahoot for vocabulary drills, reading comprehensions, or identifying images with students. Doing vocabulary drills with students can be very interesting and useful, since it can help them learn vocabulary more easily. Reading comprehensions can also easily be done, and are an easy way of assessing the students’ comprehension after they read part of the textbook or part of a book they are reading in class.

 

The website has a lot of positive points. One of the biggest is that it allows every student to answer and participate, and that it really involves students in the learning process. It also is very easy to use, in class or at home. Also, there are many Kahoots already available online, and they are on many different subjects. However, it might not be able to always use Kahoot since every student or at least group of students need to have one electronic device.

 

Another good point of the website is that only the teacher has to create an account. Also, the results of the different quizzes can be saved and downloaded onto the teacher’s computer.

 

I would personally use this website in an ESL classroom, for many different purposes. I would probably try to do as many different activities using Kahoot as I can. For example, I would do vocabulary drills and reading comprehensions with students. As a future ESL teacher, I think that it is a great tool, it involves students and is very easy to use. I also think that one of the best advantages of the website is that students love it, and are always interested in participating in the activities that are made using Kahoot. It is a really great tool!

 

A tutorial provided by the Kahoot website.

 

A video demonstrating and explaining Kahoot:

 

Video Thread

In classrooms, there has recently been a trend concerning projects and activities.With the new Smart and Active Boards, as well as with all the new websites, platforms and softwares available, teachers have started trying to do more and more activities online or on computers. A few websites provide good learning environments and great resources for a classroom. Voice thread is one of those websites. While it is advertised as an online-discussion tool, it is possible to do much more with it. The most basic use of this website is using it to create presentation slides, on which people can comment with a small text or a recorded comment.

 

There is a school version of the product available online. However, it is a very expensive license. The additional functionalities included with the school version of the license include the fact that students can create accounts without having a valid email ( which is good for younger groups), that there is a tool to create student accounts and classes (which is useful to manage groups and classes), that an educator account is provided for the teacher, and that a custom homepage is provided (you can showcase students’ work on this homepage). Again, still, since it is a very expensive license, it might not be suitable for smaller schools.

 

The regular website is still very suitable for ESL classrooms. One of the biggest advantages of this tool is that it can make students communicate and have a discussion in English in class. After a person (usually the teacher) posts a presentation online, the students can have a discussion about it. Presentations are comprised of slides, which can show text, pictures, graphs, videos, word documents and many others. For example, about a new unit or even about grammar points or vocabulary words. Content is very easily uploaded onto the slides. However, it is important to note that Youtube videos can only be linked, not uploaded on the slides. The only videos that can be shown on slides are videos uploaded from a computer or recorded with a webcam. Pictures can be both uploaded from a computer or from a website. Some databases containing pictures are also available to the users. The students do not have to be present on the document at the same time to communicate and for the discussion to happen. They only have to log on and post their own comments, or slides. Students can also either post a written comment or record one. They can also draw on the pictures, videos, graphs, etc. Here is an example of a thread done by a teacher about Darfour. As seen on the thread, the teacher uploaded pictures and drawings, which the students then commented. It is also a very easy to use website. However, even if it is very simple, tutorials, such as this small one (https://voicethread.com/media/misc/getting_started_in_the_classroom.pdf) , are still available online. In an ESL class, Voice thread can mainly be used to start conversations in English between students.

 

The University of Carolina’s school of education website (http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/6538)  presents another functionality useful for ESL teachers and classes. A teacher might want to create a single Educator account for all of the class, and then create different identities so that students can comment. Such identities can be seen in the preceding example. Here is another example by the same teacher. This time, they have used both images and quotes in order to give more material to the students.

 

Other examples of works that can be done in an ESL classroom include having the students give a tour of a country or of an historical place, create book or movie reports, comment on cartoons or ads, simulate an interview, and present on various subjects (many of these examples were taken here, a website where an educator uses his own experience to give advice about the use of Voice thread )

 

I would personally use Voice thread in an ESL classroom and think it is a very useful tool. I would use it because it allows students to communicate with each other, and because it can allow students to think about their comments and create constructive ones before posting them. In a regular classroom environment, some students may feel intimidated by the rest of the group, and might not speak up. Voice thread allows these students to comment without feeling judged by their peers, since it is online and since they can take all the time they need to write their comments. As a future ESL teacher, I think that the website is  a good learning tool.

Audacity and Teaching

In a language classroom, there is always a need for more visual and audio support. Besides, such files can be hard to find, and when you finally do find them, they can be impersonal and not appropriate for the course content. Because of this, language teachers might want to create their own materials. However, creating such materials can be an arduous process, and the softwares needed to do so can be expensive and hard to use. Luckily, there are some easy-to-use and affordable softwares, such as Audacity.

 

Audacity (you can download the software here) is a sound editing software that has been around for a few years. This software can be used for many purposes, like editing music, creating an audio track  for a video or simply cutting or modifying already existing audio tracks. The software is free and does not take a lot of space on a computer, so it can easily be installed on a small laptop. It is compatible with a lot of different types of audio files (for instance, MP3 and WAV).  Since it has been around for a few years, and since it is a popular software, many tutorials are online  . You can find online tutorials for almost every function of Audacity, from creating an auto-tune effect to deleting background noises. Two good tutorials for beginners can be found here.

 

I personally enjoy this software and all of its good points. An option that I find particularly interesting is the exporting feature. In order to export sound files as MP3s, you will have to download a small extension for your software; it can be found here . After having installed the extension, you will be able to export your audio files to your computer in a MP3 format. This feature can be really useful since most websites or softwares to which you could want to upload your audio tracks accept MP3s. I also find that Audacity is very user-friendly; the scroll-down menus are very easy to navigate, the buttons are clear, and the effects very easy to apply to sound files.

 

 

In an ESL classroom, Audacity can be used for a lot of different projects. For example, you can provide your students with an audio recording of a book or of a text, in order to help them to understand what they are reading. You can also create listening comprehension activities, by recording texts and making the class listen to the audio files in class. Another use for Audacity in an ESL class is linked with projects; students can create the audio track for a video done in class, on any subject linked with the course’s content. You can also isolate parts of a song or a radio program to show them to your students and discuss them in class. An example of a real project done in class by a teacher using Audacity is the ‘’Sight Word Acquisition Book’’, done by Beth Crumpler in her class. She recorded an audio track of herself saying different words and eliciting the pronunciation of these same words using the Audacity software. The book itself is composed of the audio track (on a CD) and a few printed pages, protected by a sheet protector. At home, the student listened to the audio track and then wrote the words in the book. This project shows the usefulness of the software, since it makes it possible to directly  »help » the students at home by practicing pronunciation and listening with the CD, something that would not have been possible with a simple book or with some sheets. More info about the book can be found here.

 

Another great use of Audacity in an ESL classroom is as a recording tool. Jin Chen, an instructor working at the University of Colorado, used the tool to help her students improve their Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. Students recorded themselves speaking Chinese and then compared their recordings with ones the instructor provided, which displayed the correct pronunciation. This way, students could hear themselves pronounce the words, and identify their errors themselves. The project is explained in more detail here. Even if this example is with a Chinese class, the same principle could be applied to an ESL classroom.

 

As a future ESL teacher, I also think that this tool is very useful and should be used in ESL classrooms. Teachers will find it easy to use, and in case they have some questions about its use, they will find help online. I would personally use it in a classroom since it has many uses and is very easy and simple to understand. Others have the same opinion about the software since it was ranked 22 in the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014. A lot of activities and project can be done with Audacity, and since it is free of use and open-source, it is easy for the students to find it and download it to work on projects at home.

The Integration of Youtube in a language classroom.

Nowadays, ESL teachers have to be more and more creative in their of ICTs in the classrooms. Smartboards and Activboards, course portals, websites and others have become frequently used resources in a lot of language classes. However, some resources may be harder to use and the line is thin between an effective and an excessive use of them. Which websites or softwares to use, and how to use them effectively in class? Also, how to integrate these resources in your lessons?

Youtube is an easy to use website and a great tool to use in class. It is a video hosting website, and currently hosts most videos found online. It is simple to get started on this website: one does not even have to create an account! Still, creating a free account can come in handy. Every user can like videos, put them in their ‘favorite video’ folder and create playlists . The account also allows you to upload videos to Youtube, as well as to let you follow other users, and be notified every time they post a new video.

But how to integrate this website into actual classes? A lot of ways exist.

  • You can create a class routine by presenting a video (linked with the content of that particular lesson) at the beginning of every class.
  • By searching for tutorials and ‘online classes’ on particular subject, you can provide ‘at home resources’ for your students.
  • You can make your own videos, if you have the skills, and upload them yourself on Youtube.
  • Find clips from televised news, and add it to your class routine. It shows your students a little ‘culture’ of English-speakers.
  • It is easy to creates activities using youtube videos. (For example, show a small video of a tv show or a movie and then ask your students about it.

 

Good points of youtube:

  • It can easily be used for educational purposes. (Actually, it was ranked third in the 8th Annual Survey of Learning Tools)
  • It is very user-friendly; all options are easily found and searching for videos is pretty easy. You only have to write the subject in the search bar on top of the screen.
  • There are even tutorials to search more effectively on that website (X X).
  • There are a lot of relevant channels, and you can find experiments, lectures, tutorials and many more. Most news channel have their own website.
  • It is free to use.

 

The downsides of youtube:

  • There is an ad at the start of every video.
  • There is A LOT of content on the website, so finding the right channel or video can be quite difficult.
  • It is difficult to monitor students’ work during the projection of the video.

 

Here are some exemples of educational channels/videos on Youtube:

Many more are available online, you just have to search!