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Flickr Toys


Dear colleagues–

Did you like looking at photos people share on Flickr? Last time we discussed a little bit how you can use Flickr to create a presentation and how you can use it in the classroom. I hoped to receive some questions and/or comments about my IATEFL Brighton collection but… Hope you will still find a bit of time to ask a couple of questions about 1-2 photos in this collection. With this I have a question: will you use such an activity with your students? Why or why not? Do you see any advantages and/or disadvantages in using Flickr in the classroom?

Today I’d like to share with you a number of activities which use Flickr images. There are several of them:

bookr: with its help you can create your own Photobook and share it with your students; of course, you can ask your students to create their own Photobooks too. They can can do it alone or collaborate on creating such a book together.

Here are two examples of stories created with the help of bookr by my students:

1. http://www.pimpampum.net/bookr/index.php?id=32679

2. http://www.pimpampum.net/bookr/index.php?id=32595

bublr: this is a tool with the help of which you can create a comic strip from a set of images you have selected from Flickr collection. I’d like to share with you some of the comic strips my university students who took the course of ICT Methods in ELT in autumn created:

1. http://www.pimpampum.net/bubblr/?custom=&id=33755

2. http://www.pimpampum.net/bubblr/?custom=&id=33770

Phrasr works this way: you should write anything you want in the box on the screen and you will be promted images to go with youк phrase. My students decided to use Phrasr to explain idioms. Here is their own explanation of the rationale for this task:

“The second tool that i’ve studied is PHRASR. I find it rather useful because using this tool a teacher can try to explain different phrases and idioms to students. According to the pictures we can judge about the meaning of different components of a phrase and try to understand the meaning of the whole phrase. I also created my own phrasr on the example of the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together”, tried to add suitable pictures to the words (http://www.pimpampum.net/phrasr/?id=29616). It is not connected straight to birds, so on the first picture there is a little hint to students that is “water”. I think that using this tool in presentation of new phrases will have a great effect on students, so they will remember these phrases easy, and they will use this tool themselves to create their own phrasr to show them to their groupmates”. (Anna Dentsova)


I’d like again to use my students’ help to explain how this tool work:

“It’s a very interesting game, where we can choose a particular topic (for example, animals), develop our memory. Then students can work in pairs, name all the animals on the pictures, and try to describe what is happening on the picture. This tool can help students enrich their vocabulary and develop their speaking skills.” (Anna Dentsova)

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I am inviting you too to share with us some of your ideas about how  you could use these tools with your students. Most importantly, though, we need to discuss how using these tools can help your students in improving their English. Here are some questions you can address in your reflection. It’d be very interesting to hear what you think.

a) Would you use any of them with your learners? If yes, how? If no, why?

b) How would you incorporate them into your lesson?

c) What difficulties if any can you foresee with the use of these tools in the classroom?

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Some tools to work with photos

Dear colleagues–

Yesterday we had a look at Flickr, one of the photo sharing applications available on the web. I would also like to share with you a couple of others:

1. Photopeach is an app with the help of which you can create slideshows from your photos in a matter of minutes. Of course, you can also ask your students to create their slideshows too. For a start you can have a look at my slideshow with views of Great Britain: http://photopeach.com/album/14thyt3. I have turned it into a quiz, which is one of the options you can choose from when creating your slideshows with this app. I am inviting you to leave a comment about my slideshow after you ahve watched it. A window with a comment form will pop-up on the screen after the show is over; you just need to type your comment in the box and press “Post comment”. That’s it! If you would like to learn more about this tool, you can do so at http://www.appappeal.com/app/photopeach

2. Animoto is another app with similar options but with a somewhat greater variety of things you can do, such as add videos, for example, and add your own music clips to accompany your slideshows. Altogether, its features are more advanced than those of Photopeach. I am sure you will appreciate this tool.

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Tour of Blackpool

Dear colleagues–

Do you remember me mentioning Blackpool yesterday during our session? Would you like to peek at it?

You can watch this clip and read the story of Blackpool, UK’s resort by the sea. Watching this clip made me nostalgic: I spent a couple of exciting days there when in Britain while I was studying for my MA: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/fast_track/9614792.stm

Britain’s most popular seaside resort, Blackpool, is currently undergoing a multi-million pound facelift with the hope of boosting the town’s reputation at home and abroad.



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Top 100 tools for learning in 2011

Do you want to learn more about some of the tools that are currently popular with teachers and learners? Here is a list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning:


A hundred… it sounds a bit overwhelming, doesn’t it? It might but for a start choose just one your are not familiar with, read its description and what people are saying about it from the point of view of how it can be used in teaching. Then explain why you got interested in this particular tool and (if you have an idea) how you could use it in your teaching context.

Wish you an enlightening journey!

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Getting acquainted with some of the possibilities

Dear colleagues–

Welcome to the session of the course on ICT in ELT!

Do you enjoy listening to your MP3 player? Have you recently made a PowerPoint Presentation (http://actden.com/pp/index.htm)? When was the last time you chatted with somebody on Skype (http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/welcomeback/)? Do you remember what you looked up last on Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.org/)? These are some of the tools that you might want to use or maybe have already used in your language classroom. We are going to discuss how they can help you make your classes more student-centered and help them learn not only from you but from each other as well.

First, I’m inviting you to complete the survey I have designed to learn about your familiarity with the tools we are going to discuss and practise using in this course:


Please complete it to help me get a better idea about what you already know about some ICT tools and how you use them.

Also below I have listed some of the resources I have created for the courses I teach, for communication with my colleagues or just for fun. Now to the tasks:)

1. Write a post about your experience in using some tool or tools for your work or private needs . Explain what tool you have used and for what purpose (e.g. PPP for some courses you have taught; FB, Vkontakte or some other social network , audio or video recording software such as Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/), social bookmarking tools such as delicious (http://www.delicious.com/nataneva) or something completely different). It will be your 1st blog post:) It should be about 150 words. Please, post it in the blog and comment on one of the posts written by your peers.

2. Here are some of examples of what I have done using technology:

a) Research work: MA dissertation about teaching writing using MS Word, blogs and wikis It is not published on the Internet as a whole, but I made a presentation about it at the IATEFL Conference in Harrogate last year and you can have a look at my presentation at:

b) Assignments in the modules of the MA TESOL & ICT program – http://bestpolicies.pbworks.com/w/page/25711811/FrontPage A wiki about plagiarism I designed to help my students learn about what constitutes it and how to learn to write without plagiariasing

c) Writing for my students: course tasks and comments

–  http://el-writing-project.ning.com

This is a Ning I have created to help my students with different aspects of writing. It was also one of the spaces which was used for my research project


This is a blog of the course Information communication technologies (ICT) in English language teaching (ELT). This is a Methods course about how to use technology in the classroom.


This is a wiki of one of the groups of your peers I taught last year.

d) Writing for my colleagues:

In 2009 I went to attend the IATEFL conference in Cardiff as the winner of the Roving Reporters’ competition and wrote about my experiences and impressions on the site of the conference:


e) Writing for pleasure


This is a blog about my trip to England in August 2011

Visit at least 2 of the places listed above, get acquainted with them and write your 2nd post in this blog in which you will reflect on what you have read in one of these “places” and ask some questions about something you read about to learn more.

Have a great journey!

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Welcome to the course

Dear colleagues–

Welcome to the course of ICT in ELT!

This blog will be one of our hot spots where we will share some interesting resources and materials connected with different aspects of the course.

I hope you will find this spot interesting and useful enough and will share with us something you will find on the internet, something that we can discuss and argue about to make this course even more fascinating.

In my first blog post in the course I’d like to share an article about the future of email published in the Independent (6 December):


I have chosen this article because it is connected with the content of this course and also is an interesting topic for debate. After you have read it, post your opinion about the article in the thread.

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