Ohhh! The power of a game! I don’t know anybody who does not welcome a bit of fun while learning/teaching. Playing a game transforms everyone’s mood. It is magical to see what having a little break from routine tasks, can do for students who have been working hard.
I teach two-hour lessons and trust me when I tell you that even people who do not typically like games go out of their way to beat the other teams.
If, to the thrill of playing competitively among teams, you add movement, give them the opportunity to stretch by asking them to stand up and also offer them the chance to change partners frequently, smiles and good vibes are guaranteed.
For this game, I have used the free website baamboozle.com/, which is super easy to use and allows me or my students to create and play games.
If you do not want to register, you can still click on Featured games and choose from the large bank of games saved on the website.
Revising: give students the link to the game and ask them at home to revise using the Study Mode.
Writing: ask students to choose one of the questions and write about it for about 15 minutes paying attention to their grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. During the class, the next day, choose a box, tell students to quickly provide the collocation and ask a student who has written about it to summarise his ideas for the rest of the class.
Do you know how to download a video from youtube or convert a PDF or a website into an editable Word document? Do you know where to find free images and videos to use in your projects or how to record audio and create a QR code to share with your students and colleagues? Did you know that long URLs can be easily shortened so that they can be shared more easily?
If you don’t, then this post might be for you!
I’m not a digital native. Far from it. Everything I know I had to learn by trial and error. However, right now, you can probably say I’m the typical technophile always on the lookout for new tools to create activities to spark up my classes.
The tools I want to share with you today are nothing fancy. You cannot create activities where your students will ooh and ahh, but trust me, they are going to save you a lot of time and a lot of searching. They have been tested and tried and I have been using them for a long, long time.
AUDIO AND VIDEO
Problem: I need to join/cut two audio files and I need to record myself on video/audio
This is a great tool to work with audio and video. It’s free, easy to use and you don’t even need to register.
What can you do on this page?
Cut video or audio ( you need to upload it from your computer)
Join two audio tracks
Convert video and audio from one format into another
Easily record video and audio ( and then download it)
Downside: you need to have the video/audio on your computer. Don’t worry, I’ll show you how to download a video. Keep on reading.
Problem: I need to record my voice/upload audio and then share it
Vocaroo has been around for a long time. They are even working on a new and improved version. It lets you record your voice in a very easy way or upload a file from your computer. Then, you are offered different possibilities:
Share it on social media sites.
Share or email the link
Embed it on a blog or website
Get a QR code
Downside: Vocaroo does not provide permanent storage. There is not a definite age at which messages are deleted, however, it is likely messages will expire after a few months. If a message is important you should download and save it to your own computer as soon as possible to avoid losing it.
Problem: My internet connection is weak and I need to download a video from a website other than youtube.
This amazing tool lets you download videos from any platform, even from youtube. To download a video, just get the link, copy/paste it into the box and download it. You can choose to download the video or just the audio.
Problem: My school has blocked facebook but I need my students to see a video there.
Solution: get the link for the video and then download it using videocyborg.com/
Watch the video to see how it is done.
Problem: I need to cut a video from youtube
Solution: You needtubechop.com/
Cut it, get the URL and then download it using videocyborg (link above)
Problem: I need to convert a PDF into an easy editable WORD documentSolution:tools.pdf24.org/en/
This is a great tool to work with PDF. It’s free, easy to use and you don’t even need to register.
What can you do on this page? Pretty much everything.
Convert a PDF into a Word document and Word into PDF.
Split a PDF or merge them.
Sign or add page numbers to the PDF.
Remove or extract PDF pages.
Problem: I need to convert a website into a PDF file or an editable WORD document
You only need to copy and paste the URL into the box, choose the format and download it and save it on your computer. You don’t even need to register.
Problem: I have a scanned PDF or an image with some text and I want to extract the text
Onlineocr is free, simple and no registration is required. Copy/àste the URL ad then download the text as a Word document among other possibilities.
SHARING A LONG URL
Problem: I need to share with a long URL with my students
Sometimes we have to give our students a long URL which seems almost impossible to type without making a mistake. Instead of writing this long URL, use bit.ly to shorten it. To do it, paste the long link in the search box and that’s it.
PRINTING A WEBSITE
Problem: I want to print some content from a website, but I don’t want to print all the images and adverts.
Just enter the URL, edit the page getting rid of anything you don’t want to print, and then print it.
CREATING A QR
Problem: I need to create a simple QR Code with the answer to an exercise and download the QR Code to share it with my students
Easy to use and doesn’t require registration. Just paste your text and then save it to download it.
FREE TEMPLATES FOR POWERPOINT OR GOOGLE SLIDES
Problem: I need to find beautiful free thematic templates to make a presentation on Google Slides or PowerPoint
FREE IMAGES AND VIDEO
Problem: my students are doing a project and they need to find free images and/or videos
Solution: for free images: pixabay.com/ ;for free videospixabay.com/videos/
I hope these websites are helpful and save you a lot of time.