Description: This fast-paced session will feature interactive websites that will allow teachers and students to organize re­sources, easily find new materials, create a professional learning community, and become a publisher of content - all with a few clicks and a little imagination! Find out how Web 2.0 tech­nologies can add a whole new dimension to your classroom!

Setting the Scene

Watch this video, thinking about the bigger picture of our society and culture. What surprises you? What doesn't surprise you? What are the implications for preparing today's students for tomorrow's world?


Organize, archive, and annotate resources at Diigo and/or Delicious

Where do you keep your bookmarks (favorites)? Are they on one computer? How do you share them? Both of these services allow you to have web-based bookmarks that are public or private, and you can organize them with Tags (keywords).

1. Diigo - what makes Diigo special is its educator features - you can set up accounts for your classroom and students. It is easy to set up groups, enabling you to bookmark resources specifically for particular groups(s). Check the FAQs for educators for all the why and how of using Diigo in education.

You can also join other groups at Diigo (thus a bit of social networking as well), such as the following groups, and then you can receive notifications of what others in the group have bookmarked and/or visit the group's page at Diigo:
Resources for Languages:
Language Learning and Technology:

What else can Diigo do? Highlight on the page and keep your notes as well as archive the page so you have it forever!

Here is a wikipage that has just about everything you would want to know about Diigo in education -

2. Delicious - instead of groups, there is a "network" feature which is on the individual level - so you can add individuals to your network. Here is a quick video about how delicious works - (note, the website used to be and the service has migrated to

When you find a terrific website, how to you remember it and keep track of it? How do you share it with colleagues?

What makes delicious powerful are the people and the tags!

Management tip! Easily manage delicious by installing the browser toolbar buttons - this will make it a snap to bookmark and tag your resources.

Many new users find delicious to be adequate, others prefer diigo, which takes all of the above features and adds groups.

In the classroom: With each of the services above, one thing you could consider doing is creating a tag(s) that you would share with students that when they click on that tag, the resources pertinent to them would appear. For example, if I wanted to share the resources related to Spanish I have bookmarked at Delicious with teachers of Spanish, I could give them this URL (or they could click on the "Spanish" tag) - .

I have an account at both delicious and diigo, and automatically post to both places (this can be set up at diigo in the tools area):


Organize information that comes to you: Leverage the power of blogs and RSS feeds through Google Reader.

Read about other educators' experiences, discover what they are exploring, enter into conversation around practice.

Don't have time to go from blog to blog and read posts? Of course not! Use Google Reader (or a similar RSS Aggregator) to bring the content to you! Many websites update content - how will you know about it? RSS - Real Simple Syndication.
To stay informed about those updates, use the RSS feed - the new content will arrive into your RSS Aggregator. Look for this icon, rss_icon.jpg click on it, copy the url, then click on the Google Reader "Add a subscription" button.

Here are some blogs to get you started! You can read the author's entry, and then use the comment field to enter into a conversation with the author and other commenters. Like what you are reading? Use the RSS and subscribe to the blog's feed.

world language bloggers
Chinese Teacher
Isabelle Jones-United Kingdom - Isabelle Jones
The Langwitch Chronicle
Multilingual Mania
Sarah Puglisi - elementary immersion teacher
Sherry Amorocho
Tamara Tendrop
World Language Lab
The World A.T. Ways - Barbara Lindsey and Kevin Gaughler

ed tech bloggers
Cool Cat Teacher - Vicki Davis
The Edublogger
David Warlick's $.02 worth
The Fischbowl - Karl Fisch
High Techpectations - Lucy Gray's blog
Learning Blog - Alex Ragone
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Practical Theory- principal Chris Lehmann
Weblogged - Will Richardson

Creating Community

1. Twitter - a microblogging environment where information can be shared in only 140 characters. Let's look at the environment through my Twitter account.

Are there other world language educators using Twitter? Absolutely! Find them hereand here.

I've bookmarked several examples of Twitter in the classroom, workplace, blog posts, uses, impressions, etc. And here is an example of someone asking via Twitter why and how Wordlecan be used in education.

Let's ask the Twitter community a question and see what responses we receive before the end of today's session.

Twitter lingo:
RT: ReTweet - republishing someone's original "Tweet" or update
@: A tweet that refers to another Twitter user
#: Hashtag - this is a way to have a common tag (keyword) around an event, topic, or person. For example #miwla or #actfl or #obama; when added to a post it makes it easy to search using that tag and find all related tweets. Here is the searching for the #whywordle tag referred to below.
DM: Direct Message - a private message that only you and the recipient can see

Management tip! Managing Twitter through Tweetdeck allows you to create groups of people from the people you follow on Twitter. This effectively sorts your incoming information for you and makes it easy to reply, retweet, and direct message. And, if you are on facebook, it is a handy utility for both environment!

Edmodo is a microblogging environment specifically designed for the K-12 classroom. You can set up a protected environment for students to use microblogging, and updates can be sent as text messages, etc. Here are my bookmarks about Edmodo in the classroom.

2. Ning - Connecting in a multimedia-rich virtual community at Ning - **MIWLA Connect**


Ever want to share a video with colleagues? See what other world language educators find valuable? Have your own blog? Hold virtual conversations? Share files and resources? MIWLA Connect is open to anyone interested in world language education, MIWLA membership is not required. Let's explore!

Ning is a service where anyone can set up a community, with various levels of privacy available for the community. Advertising is included in the free version.
Other Nings that may interest you: Classroom 2.0, Global Education Collaborative, Talk about Primary MFL, or eLatin eGreek eLearn

facebook is another community where individuals and organizations can connect. MIWLA has a presence on facebook. Here is an exampleof a teacher having an online presence for his classroom. Organizations such as the MIWLA, ACTFL, and Edutopia have a presence on facebook.

ACTFL is starting its Online Communty as well!

Creating Content

Playing with Text

1. **Wordle**creates word clouds.
This is a neat tool - one idea for world language educators is to take a reading in the target language, paste the text into Wordle, thus creating a word cloud of the high frequency words for the text selection. Here is a Wordle based on an article from El País Hint: after you create your Wordle, capture the screen and crop your image down to the Wordle, save as a JPG and you are ready to embed!


In the classroom: Current unit of study is healthy living. In El país newspaper (Spain) an article about a new kind of electric bike was published. The teacher would like to use the article with the class. As a pre-reading activity, the teacher creates a Wordle of the article’s text. Prior to reading the article online, the students will (1) individually skim the Wordle, then (2) with a partner guess what the article may be about.

Here is a nice articlewith many ideas on incorprating wordle.

Tagulis a similar service.

Giving a voice

2. Voki allows you to create an avatar and give it a voice

In the classroom: The current unit of study is clothing and descriptions. The students create an avatar, then orally describe the avatar. Variations and expansions: The students can write a narrative description of their avatar. The students can write a narrative of a classmate’s avatar and then listen to see if their written description is similar or different to the recorded description. The avatar can be used as a matching listening exercise – where the avatar is describing something and the students have to choose which is being described.

3. **Blabberize** allows you to bring a photograph or graphic to life

Finding visuals

1. Creative Commons
Use the Creative Commons search to find materials with copyright license for use. Did you know? In Firefox, Creative Commons search is one of the toolbar search options.

2. Flickr Search for Creative Commons licensed products
Start a search at Flickr, and then click on the "Advanced Search", scroll and select "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content"
There is even an Images to Teach Languages group where you may find interesting visuals to use. All of the group members have agreed to share their content. Anyone can join the group and then tag an image to be added to the group's content. Explore fd's Flickr Toys Big Huge Labs to add special effects to the photos you have stored at Flickr. Use Dumpr to turn photos into coloring book images, make them look old, turn them into globes, cubes, etc

3. Stock.xchnghas both free and for-purchase images. Registration is required. Note the terms of use of each item. Individuals may upload content to the site and add terms.

4. Picnik
A web-based photo editor. No registration is required. Resize, touch up, add effects.
For fun - try Dumpr to turn photos into coloring book images, make them look old, turn them into globes, cubes, etc. or fd's Flickr Toys Big Huge Labs to add special effects to the photos you have stored at Flickr.

5. Glogster
Create web-based multimedia posters.
This handout will walk you through some of the key features of Glogster

All About Me Project (Spanish) Note that students can include their own voices!
Costa Rica A different way to do a country report
Les freres lumieres (French)
Linguistics Poster (University Level)Glogster can be useful for helping university students prepare research for poster sessions at conferences

I.wonder is not a world language example, but very interesting with a teenager's essential questions

Glogster has a special Education portal,, which enables your IT people to easily unblock the site.

In the classroom: Image the students are talking about their childhood. The student could make a poster about their childhood and add a narration track describing each photo.

6. And more! Here are additional content-creating tools that allow the user to upload or add content, and personalize it. The end product is often embeddable as well. For each of the sites below, enter your language in the search box to locate examples in your language. Quality varies!

Make Beliefs Comix has set characters, so no personalization of graphics is possible.
Pikistrips allow you to create comic strips from your photos.
Pikikids allow you to create comic strips from your photos.
Pixtonallows you to create your own comics, has a portal for schoolsand is partnered with multiple interactive whiteboard vendors.
Scrapblog takes scrapbooking online.
Toondooallows you to create your own comic characters and comic strips.

Create books at Tikatok

Storybirdis a collaborative storytelling environment

Create timelines at Dipity

Scrapblog takes scrapbooking online.

Voicethread is a digital storytelling tool with the ability to have text, audio, video, or doodle commentary on each slide by multiple people. You must have a VoiceThread account in order to create or comment. Be sure to apply for an educator account. Not free.

Animoto is an easy to use photo and video collage making tool. Easily make videos for the classroom, program advocacy. Be sure to get your account through
the education portal.In the classroom: Create a video to promote your program or perhaps an upcoming trip abroad.

BubblePLY allows you to add a transparent layer over any video, then add text, graphics, video comments to the video. The teacher can draw students' attention to specific features of a video clip. Students can use their language skills to comment on the content of the video by inserting text, graphics, or analysis - they create their own mash-up! Here is an example around the infamous First Semester Spanish Love Song.

GoAnimate allows you to animate graphics and create videos

Xtranormal is a web-based animated movie-making environment

Utilities of note

1. Zamzar allows you to convert file formats and save videos you find online.

2. Jingallows you to capture all or part of your screen (still and video)

3. **Doodle** makes it easy to do web-based voting, polling, and scheduling.

Collaboration with Google Docs

Ever need to gather information about/from your students AND have it at your digital fingertips? Collect it through either a Google Docs Spreadsheet form or a Survey Monkey free survey.

Let's collect a little information about our group in this Google Form!
If your students are going to collect and analyze data, here is a possible to evaluate their work.

Want to use Google Forms in your classroom? A Form is part of the Google Spreadsheet, which is part of Google Docs. You need a Google Account. You may use any email address as your login for a Google Account ID - and a confirmation will be required. Read more:
Setting up a Google Account ID: Google is testing verification by text message instead of email - if you do not have a text messaging plan, follow the "contact us" link on the verification page to request account activation.
Getting started with Google docs:
Take Google Forms one step further - turn your form into a self-grading activity (think quiz, exit ticket, quick comprehension check, etc.) - learn more with this 9 minute video tutorial.

Entering world language characters requires the use of ASCII characters - one option is to use ALT+ the number code you see on this table (scroll down for the extended character table).

Google has a whole section dedicated to Google Docs for Educators.Gmail address aliases (variations using "." or "+") - from gmail, or perhaps this explanation or this explanation,

Google is constantly releasing new features, gadgets, and tools. Have you ever played with Google Flashcards?

Authoring Environments with commenting/collaboration features

If your school doesn't provide a webpage for you, where can you put all the web 2.0 things you create and simply link to them?
What is a wiki? A wiki is a website where one or more people can edit the pages and participate in a discussion. Note, a page can be edited by only one person at a tim.


Ah-Bon French middle school wiki
David Warlick's CoLearners shows how a presenter can put presentations, notes, handouts, and invite participants.
FrauLyon high school German wiki
Mme Mina Kim, French Teacher, has a fantastic wiki.
Mme Thomas French class wiki
Teresita Eldridge Spanish
Wanglaoshi Wiki Chinese K-1 wiki
Guy Dippolito has a wiki for each of his classes, brand new this year to wikis.(Private wiki, for Kendall demo only)

Flat Classroom Project has new collaborative projects for 2009-2010
Youth Wiki is a collaborative project across several schools

LanguageLinks2006 and specifically the Intern Level Methods shows how wikis can be an interactive tool for World Language Methods courses

ISTE has a NETS Implementation site

Educational Wikis provides a rationale and examples for K-12
TeachWeb20 is an interesting collaborative wiki evaluating Web 2.0 tools

If you have a account, then login and "Request to join" this wiki.
If you don't have a account, then go to

So if students are creating wikis, how can you assess them? Vicki Davis has a wiki grading rubric and Read*Write*Think has a wiki rubric and interesting lesson on protest songs.

Ready to start your own wiki? Visit this page to get the advertisement-free wikispace or click the image below.

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And, need help? Check out the video tours of Wikispaces to learn how to begin editing your page, add images and media, and personalize your space.

The main page of the Wikispaces Help has quite an array of help topics to chose from.
For more specific information that has been asked for by teachers, it can be found in the Teachers Section of the Wikispaces help. There are a few more resources about halfway down the page under heading number 8 (a couple PDFs and PowerPoints)


View the Blogs in Plain English from Common Craft.

What type of content is in a post?
• Instructional • Informational • Reviews • Lists • Interviews • Case Studies • Profiles • Link Posts • Problem Post • Contrasting Two Options • Rant • Inspirational • Research • Collaboration • Prediction and Review • Critique • Debate • Hypothetical • Satirical • Memes and Projects

What is the purpose of the blog?
• Promotional • Informational • Persuasive • Editorial • Provocative • Collaborative
10 Ways to use your edublog to teach
How you can use your edublog to start conversations

Community of Learners is a blog started just a few days ago out of necessity - school closed because of H1N1 and teachers expected to continue teaching online. An interesting companion site is Intrepid Teacher's own blog!
Daily French Pod offers snippets of language, culture, audio and video!
Kinderkids Classroom is a kindergarten blog in a New Hampshire school
More Spanish by Sherry Amorocho looks at tech and world languages
Nodehill Spanish focuses on middle schoolers
PMarriott simply puts homework online

Spanish for the MassesTamara Tendrop - high school Spanish I blog - student entries on right
The World A.T. Ways blog highlights tech and world languages
World Language Lab from the University of Chicago Lab School highlights tech and world languages also

Plan your blog
Who is your intended audience?
What is the purpose of your blog? Personal? Professional? Instructional? Collaborative?
What kind of media are you interested in using?
What would you like your blog to be called?

Edublogs - a free web-based blog service specifically for educators; video tutorials and helpful support forums make this a terrific site.

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