Tag: Literacy

Why should a prospective employer pick you? World of Work Resume Generators

Resume Generator on the Read Write Think website is an interactive tool to guide pupils in writing a resume or CV in a choice of styles. It can be used as a writing tool in a literacy lesson to give practice in writing in this particular genre, or for a real purpose – perhaps for pupils …

Read more

Make a drama out of IT! Online tools to support using drama techniques in primary schools

There are many tools available online which can help to support the teaching of drama, or the use of drama techniques in teaching, in the primary classroom. The following drama teaching techniques have suggested online tools shown for each: Using Online story texts for “Hot-seating” or “Dilemma Debate” Make use of texts online, as starting points …

Read more

Scrambling for cultural resources? Try SCRAN

Scran is a fantastic online resource – an archive of  over 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. And all of it comes with embedded attribution text so that schools using the material can be sure of the source of each resource. The rights to use of the resources allows for free use …

Read more

Class Blogging as a Classroom Window to the World

So you want to look at creating a class blog? Do you have an idea about what to do with a blog, but perhaps not sure where to start? Or perhaps you want to start a blog but are not sure how to make it sustainable with your class? Or perhaps you’ve heard others talking about …

Read more

Create Your Own Listening Comprehension Quiz with Video

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool where your pupils could view a video you’ve found online, and then answer comprehension questions on what they’ve just seen and heard? It would be great, too,  if that tool could have a transcript of the text. And feedback  to the pupil and to the pupil’s teacher …

Read more

Jog the Web – guiding pupils through selected online resources

Jog the Web is a useful way of a teacher guiding pupils to a series of websites, or specific webpages, you have selected for them, in a sequence determined by the teacher, along with notes about the website being visited. The teacher simply signs up for a free Jog the Web account then creates the …

Read more

Breaking News – literacy activities for the classroom on stories making the news

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ Breaking News English is a site by Sean Banville aimed at teachers looking for activities for learners of English in the context of stories making the headlines in the media.  This contains Lesson Plans & Podcasts for combining studying Current Events and News while also learning English. Keep up with the news and learn English – …

Read more

Rapping the News – rhyming current affairs in the classroom

http://theweekinrap.com/ is exactly what the title says!  Every week some main stories in the news from this US site are reported in rap.  The quick rhythmic rhyming delivery allied to the mix of news footage, animations and special effects in the video makes for engaging viewing. Teachers often look to have pupils discuss current affairs …

Read more

Hear the text of Word documents spoken with WordTalk

Wordtalk http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/Home/ A Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word, free for Scottish schools. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-to-mp3 converter. Click on this link to see Wordtalk in action (using the Scottish “Stuart” voice) Stuart speaking text from …

Read more

Hear! Hear! Tools for Creating and Editing Audio Recordings in the Classroom

So you want to make an audio recording? Here are some free tools to help you do that in the classroom. Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ – Audacity is free software to download which lets users record and edit audio in order to create mp3 files for use on websites, blogs, podcasts or anywhere online. Audacity is a free, …

Read more