Tired of transferring your PowerPoint between your home computer and classroom computer? Sick of the layout and limitations of traditional presentations? Dreaming of having your students collaborate on the same presentation with one another simultaneously at different locations? Try SlideRocket!
In this lesson on Chinese numbers 1 - 10, the teacher created a multimedia presentation with SlideRocket to include pictures, text slides, embedded videos, hyperlinks to online documents, hyperlinks to online flashcard games and many more interactive content addressing the four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Please click anywhere on the picture to start viewing the presentation. Use the arrows at the bottom left corner to switch between slides. Highlighted and underlined sections are active links to various multimedia content related to numbers from 1 to 10 in Chinese Mandarin.
Voki is a free website to create your own avatar and record your voice for presentation. Teachers of all levels can use Voki to increase student speaking participation inside and outside classroom.
For beginners, Voki avatar is ideal for topics like basic and extended self-introductions. For intermediate learners, Voki can be an ideal tool to practice timed speaking presentation without pressure from teacher and peers. For advanced learners, Voki is a perfect venue to discuss individual understanding of particular topics in depth in preparation for class discussion.
Teachers can also have students listen to one another's Voki recording and respond with Voki recordings.
A couple of drawbacks to note for Chinese language teachers: 1. Voki supports Chinese accent. However, this is not accents within Chinese language. It is English with a funny accent. 2. The recording time of each avatar for free accounts is 60 seconds. It may take several times for users to achieve a good balance between time and content.
Toondoo is a free website to create cartoon with a wide selection of scenes, characters, and text boxes that support multiple languages, including Chinese Mandarin.
In this high school intermediate Chinese Mandarin class, the students learned how to describe traveling experience. Instead of asking the students to simply write sentences or a paragraph to describe their traveling experience, the teacher introduced Toondoo.
In this Toondoo project, students selected the layout of their cartoon story. Then, they picked their characters and scenes. Their stories are told with text boxes on each picture. This writing practice provides the students with an interesting context and allow the students to visualize their writing.
In addition to writing, all students are required to read a cartoon from one classmate and prepare to discuss in class the content, writing style and artistic effect.