Sunday, August 19, 2012

American Slang #1

Here are a few random slang words, I will release more of these videos to tell the meaning and pronunciation of some popular slang words in America.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Best iPad Apps for ESL Teachers #12- Prezi Viewer

All of us know the feeling when presentation days come for our students. They can go one of two ways - great or ghastly.  If the prseentations are good, we can't wait to hear more, but if they are bad, we can't wait until they're done. Here is an app that can help with this problem.

Prezi is an awesome presentation tool that can liven up any dead presentations. Instead of using a slide by slide format like powerpoint, Prezi has a 3D interface that pans in and out of a field.  This means you can do really cool effects like zooming, sliding across, panning out, and more. You can upload pictures, Youtube videos, powerpoints, etc.

The results are impressive and can be seen at Prezi's website.   The app here is for the Prezi viewer, which allows you to use your iPad to view any prezi you have created online. It doesn't allow you to create a Prezi, but it is a great tool to use when you want a lively presentation from your iPad.

If you or your students have an .edu or k12 extension email, you can get a lot of extra storage space for your and your students' prezis. They call this the educational license.  I recommend setting up an account for student  presentations. They can upload them from home and then present them on your iPad if you are the only one who has one.  

 If you are interested in more iPad apps for ESL teachers. Please see my post below.

Best iPad Apps for ESL Teachers

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Writing: How to Brainstorm with a Web

Webs are one great way to brainstorm topics for a paper, presentation, or other topic.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to brainstorm with the web.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Best iPad Apps for ESL Teachers #11- Slideshark

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Slideshark is a great resource for teachers and students who want to use their iPad to give Powerpoint presentations as smoothly as possible. Slideshark allows you to upload your slideshows online and then use your iPad to present them.

This is a great app for those who have tons of powerpoints already made that don't want to redo them all when they have to use their iPad for a presentation. Another good thing about the app is that the transitions remain on each slide, so you are able to keep the presentation intact.

Click here to see a list of all iPad apps for ESL teachers.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to Start an English Essay: The Hook- Get the Attention of Your Audience

Here are five ways to get the attention of your audience when you begin a presentation or a paper. You should almost never start out the paper with your exact main idea. You want to get the audience's attention first. In order to do that, you need to "hook" them by using a few different methods. I have come up with a handy acronym to represent those possible hooks. It is called FIQSO, and  you can see it demonstrated in the video below.

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