We’re used to teaching students the inquiry process in relation to their research projects and science investigations. Why not teach them how to “inquire” about images? Better yet, teach them visual inquiry within a subject area such as social studies so that they develop visual literacy skills while also learning to think like a historian with primary sources? The Image Detective scaffolds the inquiry processes of asking questions, critically reading images, understanding context and background, synthesizing ideas and drawing conclusions, and comparing conclusions. The turn of the 19th century images reflect social studies themes such as immigration, women’s suffrage, and the American west.
"Listening is a natural way to learn English; it is fun and it works. You can study when you want: anytime, and any place. The passages are real people, speaking real English, talking about what interests them. There are passages for everyone: easy passages for beginners, and more difficult passages for advanced students."
Mingoville is a completely free online virtual world where the flamingo inhabitants guide kids in learning English through fun games, songs, and missions. There are no instructions in the student's local language in Mingoville as children learn a new language best when they have to listen to it all the time. However, there is an illustrated dictionary available at all times where you can look up English words and have them translated to your local language. Using the games, songs and educational ESL activities in Mingoville, students can improve their English vocabulary, spelling, reading, listening skill, pronunciation and grammar. Mingoville's is designed primarily for children from ages of 8-12.
A learner should be engaged in communicative learning as he learns a second or foreign language. The internet has made such communication available to most language learners today. Learning a language by means of WebQuests is one way of integrating technology into the ESL/EFL classroom.
Whether you're currently enrolled in a language program or not, take advantage of free online instruction from an experienced teacher. The lessons will introduce new content to some and serve as a review for others.
"Viewbix allows its users to add descriptions and photos that others can view when they click on the buttons shown on the screen. In addition, when you finish customizing your video in Viewbix you can then share it with the world through a unique URL or through a generated HTML code embeddable in websites, blogs and websites."