- Schedule office hours and meetings in Google Calendar February 20, 2017
- Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction February 13, 2017
- Distraction-free video viewing February 6, 2017
- Web-based dictation tool for most any language January 30, 2017
- Visual representations of data with Google Forms January 23, 2017
- Join us tomorrow (2/24) for the Japanese Film Series's screening of "Shall we dansu?" ("Shall We Dance?") at 3pm in… https://t.co/0sI0EBlXn2, Feb 23
- Join the Polish Film Series tomorrow (2/24) from 1-3 in GH 308 for the award-winning 2004 film "Wesele" ("The Weddi… https://t.co/iTat5sENpK, Feb 23
- French is tough. Just look at these translations gone wrong! https://t.co/xMidCeb4gT Practice & improve tomorrow (2/24) from 12-1 in GH 308., Feb 23
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Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction (http://digital.library.pitt.edu/v/visuals/) is an online database of over 450 free illustrations designed specifically for use in foreign-language classes. These illustrations depict places, objects, verbs, and situations and can be customized to fit any language or task.
ViewPure (http://viewpure.com/) is a free, easy-to-use website that allows you to view YouTube videos without distractions. You can either search for your video or enter a link and remove all of the clutter – ads, recommended videos, comments, and more! Once you’ve got the “purified” video, you can use the new web adress just like a regular YouTube link, no special account required. Great for showing videos in class!
Dictation.io (https://dictation.io/) is a free and easy way to go from audio to written text. Available in a multitude of languages including Korean, Lithuanian, Spanish (of many varieties!), Greek, and almost every other language taught in LCSL, this web-based transcription tool is surprisingy accurate when used with good quality audio and even uses context to automatically correct its errors. Other than simply dictating notes, Dictation.io can be very useful for creating a transcript of an audio podcast, a YouTube video, or even a film clip, from which you can create activities like dictations, quizzes, and worksheets – just play the audio and use your computer’s microphone to capture the sound.
Google Forms (https://docs.google.com/forms/) are a tool that you might already be familiar with, but they’ve just unveiled some new features that make them even more useful for teaching. The new Google Forms automatically create colorful visual representations of the data they collect, making them great for in-class use. One or two question forms could be assigned as homework allowing you to both prepare for discussion and integrate these visual representations into your lesson. You could ask students which character they found most sympathetic or most deceitful or to choose the elements of a text that make them doubt the narrator. You could also ask them to sort different aspects of the culture they’re studying as similar to their own or completely different, or you could ask them to rate their agreement or disagreement with a series of statements about a character, a story, or a cultural practice. The whole class’s answers to all of these can then be collected and presented as colorful, easy-to-read, dynamic graphs and charts that provide a wonderful starting point for discussion.
Limnu (https://limnu.com/) is free service that allows you to use your computer like a whiteboard. Just as with a real whiteboard, you can draw, insert images, and add sticky notes to your Limnu boards. This can be particularly useful for making tutorial videos or in cases where you simply need a whiteboard but don’t have access to one.
Limnu boards are also collaborative. You can invite people to edit your boards or allow them to edit as guests via link. This can be a great way to have students collectively brainstorm or add comments to images or notes.
With a free account, Limnu boards expire after 7 days, but Limnu offers free premium access to educators (https://limnu.com/educator/), which allows you to keep your boards forever. This means you can post your boards to Blackboard or add them to other websites for your students to access.
Visit our sample Limnu board to give it a try! (Click Guest Login at the bottom of the page.)
account management that anyone – instructor or student – can follow.
OER Commons (oercommons.org) is an easy way to find all kinds of FREE educational resources. In addition to complete grammar, vocabulary, and culture units that you can use to supplement (or even replace) your textbook materials, OER Commons lists numerous individual resources. Maybe you’re looking for a verb conjugation reference for your Arabic students? OER Commons has that. Or maybe you want to find a few German folk songs to teach your student? OER Commons has that, too. A quiz on the French Revolution? An Italian reading comprehension exercise? A video tutorial on Russian folk dance? All of these and much, much more can be found on OER Commons!