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Digital materials preparation for TESOL (Week 1)

Posted by Mariel Amez on January 15, 2010

During this EVO 2010 I have also enrolled for another session: Digital material preparation techniques and resources for TESOL professionals.

It is taught on Moodle, with weekly chats on TappedIn. I missed the first chat because I failed to check the platform, believing I would get a notification, but apparently my registration was incomplete, or something of the sort. I must confess I have not quite adapted to Moodle yet.

The Preparation Checklist instructed us to:

Join TappedIn

Become a member of the following free Internet resources:
Ask500People, polling the world www.ask500People.com
Myna, online audio editor aviary.com/tools/myna
Scholastic Mini-Dictionary, definition generator wordwizard.scholastic.com/minidictionary
ScreenToaster, online screen capture www.screentoaster.com
VoiceThread, media discussion www.voicethread.com

Visit the links below to ensure you can view them

Dafont, font repository www.dafont.com
Docstoc, professional document sharing www.docstoc.com
Google Translate, language translation translate.google.com
LexTutor, data-driven learning www.lextutor.ca

Lorem Ipsum, place holder text generator www.lipsum.com

Microsoft Office Online, office document resources office.microsoft.com
PDPhoto, copyright free photos www.pdphoto.org
Photobucket, photo sharing resource www.photobucket.com
Picnik, image-photo editor www.picnik.com
Project Gutenburg, copyright free texts www.gutenberg.org

SpellingCity, activities generator www.spellingcity.com
TeacherTube, education video sharing www.teachertube.com
Vocabgrabber, word list generator www.visualthesaurus.com
Voki, talking avatar creator www.voki.com
Wikipedia, encyclopedia www.wikipedia.com
Writeboard, wiki www.writeboard.com
Zamzar, online file conversion www.zamzar.com

Week one has been about introductions, getting to know the environments (including the Moodle wiki)  and working with images.

I first tried Picnik, and created this:

Our tutor recommended these other Online Photo Manipulation Tools:

Fun Photo Box  http://funphotobox.com Specializing in gag effects.

Image Chef  http://www.imagechef.com. Includes video and text art.

PhotoShop Express https://www.photoshop.com  Online version of the industry standard software application.

Photo505  http://www.photo505.com/. More digital FX for photos.

Photofunia  http://photofunia.com/. And more of the same.

So I played with ImageChef
Beach custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more - ImageChef.com

And with Photofunia:

This has really been a lot of fun! I even gave Voki a try, but, of course, it won’t embed in WP, and does not even give me a link!

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4 Responses to “Digital materials preparation for TESOL (Week 1)”

  1. Jennifer said

    There is a very nice website to play with web design http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/services/28-online-photo-editing-websites-to-have-fun-with/

    Have fun exploring and creating images for your classroom
    Regards
    Jennifer

  2. John Allan said

    Mariel:
    Sadly, you do not have full privileges on this Moodle course as a student. This is why at some point embedding is not going to work for you in some areas as well as other features such as allowing others to view Moodle blogs. These are controlled by the administrators. I have posted a poll for the participants to vote on whether I should turn on the blog features of Moodle at this course.

    The Moodle wiki has been a bit of a disappointment also but we adapted by requesting that participants post to the weekly databases.

    All must appreciate that we have a novice cohort here (with seedings of experts) so we cannot overwhelm the participants with too many options and tools. At this point I feel that there already too many items for the students to deal with. Next week there are 9 or 10 tasks.

    The registration was flawed as I had to move the service provider just before the course started. There is a scripting issue yes. At this point it is risky altering scripts as the course has started but the provider is going to advise me soon. The registration was itemized at the EVO site – but at the bottom of the screen – so may missed the instructions and simply clicked onto the site. If they did this they missed the entry code so they were waiting for an invitation that never came.

    This is our first run at this course and we are working out the issues so that in the future it should be seamless. Your contributions to the course are appreciated and I hope that the rest of the course is fun and useful.

    This is an excellent blog and I will be visiting it often.

    cheers,

    John Allan

  3. Mariel Amez said

    John,

    The course is extremely rich and well organised, and your degree of commitment is remarkable. You’re putting in a lot of time and effort and it shows.

    I have discovered there are a number of widgets that won’t embed in WordPress, and I thought that might be the problem in Moodle as well. That’s why I asked.

    Everything covered so far has been both fun and useful, and I’m sure the good stuff will keep coming.

    Thank you for everything you’re doing.

    Cheers,

    Mariel

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