Let’s go visual!
If you have been following my blog for a while you probably know how much I like exploring new tools to spice up my lessons. We all know students prefer looking at a screen than at a book so, for this lesson I have decided to explore two new free online tools, which have a lot of potential for language teaching.
Perhaps you have never considered creating your own content because you think you aren’t tech-savvy and you don’t really know how to go about these modern things, but I can assure you that creating these two videos has been as easy as falling off a log.
In class, we are studying how to express preference with the structure would rather and (would)pefer and this is just the perfect excuse to “play” with these two little tools.
1. For a revision of the grammar for Would Rather and Prefer, I have used biteable.com. This is how this tool works:
- Login for free.
- Click “create a new video”.
- Choose your scenes one by one and enter the text. You can choose between animation scenes, footage scenes and image scenes where you can upload your own pictures. Click + to add a new scene.
- Choose the colours for your presentation and then the music track or upload your own.
- Click Preview and the video will be sent to your email address once it’s created.
- At this point, you can download it, share it on facebook and twitter, or post to youtube.
(presentation created with biteable)
2. For a speaking activity using Would Rather, I have used emaze.com. This is how this amazing free online tool works:
- Log in for free.
- You can create a new presentation form scratch or upload a power point presentation.
- Choose a template.
- Share it or embed it on your blog.
(presentation created with emaze)
Give them a go! You won’t regret it!
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