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JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop

JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop | technologies |
JellyBeanScoop Autopub description
John Dalziel's insight:

Jellybean Writer and Jellybean Scoop could be good resources for ESOL/ESL/EFL functional skills etc. Learners could read (four reading levels) fun and interesting news stories on Jellybean Scoop then write their own stories about the topics covered in the articles they've read.
When writing, learners can...
   ▪ import pictures from their computers and
   ▪ write captions for each image.
A variety of layout templates, background colours, and fonts are available for them to use.
The resulting stories can be...

   ▪ saved online or

   ▪ downloaded and printed.
If practitioners feel that picture books are too simple for their learners, they can skip using pictures and select one of the text only templates for the pages in their books.
NOTE: 1: Users have to create an account to access the reading questions and writing tools on Jellybean Scoop. 2: Practitioners who create accounts for themselves can also create and manage accounts for their learners.

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ESL Fast - A free online English learning resource

ESL Fast - A free online English learning resource | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Finding appropriate texts for ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL/ etc., is a challenge for many practitioners. This website provides a range of texts to use with...
   -  Beginners and
   -  Intermediate
...ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL/ etc., learners.
The Beginners resources include...
   -  Easy Conversations
   -  Super Easy Reading
   -  Easy Reading
   -  Children English: Start Reading
   -  English Level 1
   -  English Level 2 and
   -  English Level 3
The Intermediate resources include...
   -  Conversations
   -  Short Stories
   -  2 USA targeted resources and
   -  Sentence Structure Writing Practice.
I'm sure practitioners ESL/EFL/ESOL/ELL... practitioners will find these resources useful.

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Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.

Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English. | technologies |
Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.
John Dalziel's insight:

Spell Up is a new word game and Chrome Experiment that helps learners improve their English using their voice—and a modern browser, of course.
It’s like a virtual spelling bee, with a twist.
Spell Up is both fun and educational.
The goal of the game is for users to correctly spell the words they hear and stack them to build the highest word tower they can...
   - letter by letter,
   - word by word.
The higher the tower gets, the more difficult the word challenges:
They’ll be asked to...
   - pronounce words correctly,
   - solve word jumbles and
   - guess mystery words.

They can earn bonuses and coins to level up faster.

Spell Up works best in Chrome on a computer and on Android phones and tablets. (It also works on iPhones and iPads, but they’ll need to type rather than talk.)
Whether they’re just learning English or they’re already a pro, check it out!

And if you’re a practitioner, I'd encourage you to try it out in your learning environments.

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ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW)

John Dalziel's insight:

The ESL Writing Online Workshop is an online multimedia program designed to guide non-native speakers of English through each stage of the pre-writing, while-writing, and post-writing processes:
1) Getting Ready to Write,
2) Developing Your Ideas,
3) Revising Your Work, and
4) Editing and Polishing.
This online resource is designed for both college students and adult learners.

Andrea Wilson Vazquez's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:33 PM

For college ELs

Dave Lenhart's curator insight, September 20, 2014 11:53 AM

Our next meeting will be about this

Stephanie Scarce's curator insight, March 28, 2015 1:29 PM


Scooped by John Dalziel! - Create a PicLit - Create a PicLit | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

PicLits is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire learners. The object is for them to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture(s).
Iteal, interactive resource for Family Learning, ESOL, EFL,ESL, Functional English etc.

Dave Jones's curator insight, March 15, 2013 7:42 AM

Using this as a trial

John Dalziel's comment, March 15, 2013 8:47 AM
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SoundCloud - Share Your Sounds

Create, record and share the sounds recorded, with peers, practitioners etc., with SoundCloud, the world's largest community of sound creators.


Sound Cloud has many uses including languages courses.


Learners can record spoken tracks on Sound Cloud and share them their practitioner/teacher/assessor.


The practitioner/teacher/assessor uses the comment feature to provide feedback that is tied directly to each learner's recording.


The comments can be tied to the exact second at which a practitioner/teacher/assessor wishes to provide formative feedback.


Note:SoundCloud allows users to have up to two hours of recordings stored in their account at one time. After that they will need to either delete old recordings or upgrade to a paid plan.

Kulyias Swiney's curator insight, June 19, 9:05 PM

Sound cloud has changed the game by giving independent artists a platform to share their creativity. 

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Irregular Verb Wheel Game

The Irregular Verb Wheel Game is fun to play and could be a fun way for learners to practice identifying the irregular forms of commonly-used verbs.


Played by spinning the wheel then identifying the past, present, and future tenses of the word that the wheel stops on.


Players earn points for correctly identifying each form of the verb in the time allotted.

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Ingles 360 Bilingual Resources

Ingles 360 Bilingual Resources | technologies |

Ingles360 is a popular resource site which is created by a teacher in Argentina.


The site offers a collection of ideas, activities, ebooks and games that support the teaching of English as a foreign language.


Lots of free resources are available in the Freebies section and there are many high quality resources available for download in the Ingles360Store.

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JustTheWord | technologies |

Just The Word collocations - helps users in writing English...


A collocation thesaurus concordancer that produces word clouds!


On the surface of it Just-the-Word looks just like any other online dictionary or thesaurus, but start using it and you will soon find that it's much more.


By the way Collocation is an arrangement or juxtaposition of words or other elements, especially those that commonly co-occur, i.e. rancid butter, bosom buddy, or dead serious and a concordancer is a computer program that automatically constructs a concordance.


Of course a concordance is an alphabetical list of the principal words used in a book or body of work, with their immediate contexts.


Ideal for Language, ESOL, EFL, ESL, etc. practitioners.


And there is more - click on a small button that says 'View in Wordle' and Just-the-Word will link through automatically to Wordle and create a word cloud of the most frequent collocations.


As a Physics and Maths Practitioner, this is all a bit beyond me but I'm assured it is an excellent tool.

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A Fun Way to Learn a New Language

A Fun Way to Learn a New Language | technologies |

Lyrics Gaps aims to help users learn a language through songs; it could be a fun way for students to practice their listening skills and writing skills in the language that they are studying.


Each song has a few activities accompanying it. The activities ask learners to fill in the blanks in the songs with the correct word or words that are missing. Currently there are activities available in ten languages.


Registered users are encouraged to develop and contribute their own activities in the user community; LYRICSnMUSIC <> may assist in this process.


Lyrics Gaps doesn't provide the most rigorous of activities, but make a nice break from traditional ESOL/EFL/ESL etc., language practice activities.

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Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners

Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners | technologies |
Get Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for Kids on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Imagistory is a creative storytelling app which uses wordless picture books.
The idea behind the wordless books is that youngsters get to be the storytellers, simply by using their imaginations to tell the story using the pictures, creating it as they go.
It's a new way for learners and parents/teachers to share a story together, ones which can be told a different way every time.
Imagistory helps...
   - foster creativity,
   - imagination and
   - to develop language and early literacy skills.
Youngsters are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential!

Could also be used for ESOL, EFL, ESL and Modern Language learning.

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Tellagami - a stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience

Tellagami - a stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience | technologies |
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video.
John Dalziel's insight:

Tellagami is a great idea and stepping stone for learners who may be hesitant or uncomfortable speaking in front of an audience.
Practitioners can ask their learners to record or script their own presentation based on a topic of study.
Tellagami is an app that's gaining more and more popularity in learning environments with a fun and interactive take on creating animated videos.
Tellagami lets learners create their own virtual performances using 3D digital avatars that they can design and customize themselves. By recording their own voice or simply typing the script, they can watch their own digital character bring their story to life.

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MusicEnglish | technologies |
Learn English through Music
John Dalziel's insight:

This web presence features music videos, with subtitles in English, for learners of English.
Other pages available include...
- Free Worksheets;
- Lesson Ideas;
- MusicEnglish for Young Learners (Sing-alongs, poems and Rhymes);
- An A-Z Who's Who, and
Search resources via...
- Most Popular Today;
- Most Popular Ever; or
- Most Recent Videos.
Look at the...
- A-z of Artists; or
- A-Z of Songs.
An excellent resource for ESOL, EFL, ESL, ELL, Music, Family Learning, Literacy practitioners and more.

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Google Translate: Phrasebook

Le service Google gratuit de traduction en ligne permet de traduire instantanément du texte et des pages Web.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google has added a new feature for Google Translate called Phrasebook.
As the name suggests, Phrasebook can be used to save commonly used phrases.
This can be used, by learners (including ESOL/EFL/ESL etc.), as a language tool.
To begin with, Phrasebook will be empty, but learners can populate it with their phrases by clicking the star under a translation they’ve just made.
Now, even if they forget a word, they can click the Phrasebook icon above the upper-right corner of the box containing the translation to open their Phrasebook.
Select the word or phrase they want to use, loads it in the translation area with a click. They can filter phrases by language pair, or search for a specific phrase.
NOTE: The text-to-speech icons next to the phrases give them a vocal pronunciation.

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BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers Like YOU!

BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers Like YOU! | technologies |
Free printable worksheets and lesson plans for every busy teacher. Find printable worksheets on any topic: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking!
John Dalziel's insight:

Ideal for Initial Teacher Training, Family Learning, ESL/EFL/ESOL and more. is a place where practitioners share printable worksheets, lesson plans and lesson activities with colleagues for free! Topics include...
Grammar, Vocabulary, Speaking, Reading, Listening, Writing, Pronunciation and more.

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Skills Workshop

Skills Workshop | technologies |

Looking for...

- Literacy;

- Numeracy;

- Pre-Entry;


- ICT;

- General; and/or

- Contextual 

...Functional Skills Resources?


Well Skills Workshop may wellbe what you are looking for.


1500+ Free resources and,although most are pdf (paper) based, digitising them would be fairly straight forward. Well worth a closerlook.

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Duolingo | Learn English, Spanish and German for free

With Duolingo users learn a language for free, and simultaneously translate the Web.


Users read, listen to, and translate words and phrases.


They are shown words with translations and can can hear the words pronounced too.


To practice they type and or speak translations.


Activities start out with simple words and phrases and as they become more proficient, Duolingo gives them more challenging phrases.


Duolingo also awards users points and virtual badges.


Before Language practitioners become too anoyed, I want to emphasise Duolingo won't replace in-person instruction, but it is a good site for learners to use to practice writing and speaking a new language. One for ESOL learners as well.

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Sobotong|Bilingual Search Engine

An increasing number of learners speak two languages and browse websites in both.
Such learners may need a search engine that is able to provide them with results in both languages they speak.

Sobotong offers such a search feature.
Users can click on the translated query and make search results appear in the second language that they select.

The left pane of the search panel also allows users to select the type of item they are searching for i.e. news, movies, RSS feeds, software, etc.

Could also be very useful for those learning English and/or other languages.

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Story Wheel - Top Game for iPhone and iPad

Story Wheel - Top Game for iPhone and iPad | technologies |

Story Wheel is a cooperative story creation application for the iPhone and iPad, that will help learners create stories, improve learners' cognitive abilities and most importantly, have fun!


Ideal for Family Learning, Functional Skills, Modern Language, ESOL/ESL/EfL and I'm sure many other practitioners.


Get your learners...
     - inventing stories together.
     - thinking, creating and speaking.


Story Wheel, for the iPhone and iPad, is now available in the app store

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Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

Super Book of Web Tools for Educators | technologies |

The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators A comprehensive introduction to using technology in all Learning Environments.


Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) collaborated with ten other bloggers to construct "The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators".


Please don't be put off by the K-12 schools/classroom angle as the content is appropriate for all Learning Providers within FE & Skills;there are introductions to more than six dozen web tools, sections devoted to...


- using Skype with learners,




- blogging,


- social media for educators,


- teaching online, and


- using technology in alternative education settings.

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