10 Tech Tips from Moodle Moot Japan 2016

  1. Learn anything online with MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) from EdX.
  2. Take a look at Manaba, the LMS for educators in Japan.
  3. You can create a Question Bank with Moodle that can be used to easily generate quizzes.
  4. Moodle’s AIKEN format can be used to easily create multiple choice quizzess…
  5. …while the GIFT format provides a wider range of question types.
  6. Check out PoodLL – a set of plug-ins for Moodle for recording audio and video
  7. You can set up a virtual international exchange with Soliya.
  8. The Open University has a number of freely available plugins for Moodle…
  9. …and you can easily install additional Moodle question types.
  10. Motivate and engage students through Moodle using real time response tool, Zapette.

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology

20 Tech Tips from ETJ Tokyo 2016

  1. Wunderlist is a great way to organize your tasks, and sync across a variety of devices
  2. Slack is a messaging app for teams
  3. Storybots makes your child the star of their own story
  4. Mindmeister is a free browser-based mind-mapping tool
  5. Zuknow is a language flashcard app for Android and iOS
  6. Picmonkey is a browser-based tool for creating “mind blowing” photos
  7. You can create animated videos and presentations with Powtoon
  8. …or try the simple do-it-yourself tools at GoAnimate
  9. Livestream allows you to watch and broadcast live events online
  10. With Sitepal you can create talking avatars for your website or blog
  11. Learn to code with Codeacademy
  12. …and optimize your JavaScript with Google Closure
  13. Take an online course with Udemy
  14. …or learn for free at Khan Academy
  15. You can create and sell your own online courses with the LearnDash WordPress LMS plugin…
  16. …or create and deploy online courses with Udutu
  17. …or easily create your own stunning website with Wix
  18. Brush up on your artistic skills with Paint.NET
  19. Check out the fun and educational kids videos at Dream English
  20. Explore the resources for Japanese learners of English at ALC

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology

20 Tech Tips from JALT 2015

  1. Team Treehouse is a great place to learn to code online.
  2. Mahara is a fully featured web application for building an electronic portfolio and displaying digital badges.
  3. badges.quizport.com teaches you all about digital badges, and how to integrate them with Moodle.
  4. English Central now provides one-to-one online lessons with tutors.
  5. VOA provides a wide selection of easy English videos.
  6. Voice Record Pro and QuickVoice are recommended apps for making audio recordings on iOS.
  7. You can make inspiring presentations with Haiku Deck.
  8. Mindomo allows you to create online mind-maps.
  9. Poll Everywhere lets you engage your audience or class in real time.
  10. Oovoo provides free video chat for any device.
  11. National Geographic has a YouTube channel for teaching English to young learners.
  12. You can learn a foreign language by playing as an international spy with Subverses Covert.
  13. Spell Up lets you practice your spelling using the Chrome browser.
  14. Mentimeter allows you to vote with your smartphone during presentations.
  15. TEFLology is a podcast by teachers of EFL, for teachers of EFL.
  16. The Web Speech API is 72% reliable in recognizing the speech of Japanese learners of English.
  17. Xreading is a cross-device compatible virtual library of graded readers, and makes it easy to monitor and assess students’ reading progress
  18. HelloTalk allows you to practice foreign languages with people around the world for free.
  19. The Hirodai English App features free podcasts and vocabulary lists for English learners.
  20. Busuu allows you to learn languages online for free.

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology

10 Tech Tidbits from Paperless 2014

Today the first Paperless conference was hosted at the stylish and forward-thinking Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, and organised by the indefatigable Carol Begg. URLS, apps and ideas were shared aplenty. Here are 10 of the best.

  1. Open badges make it easy to track students’ progress with language learning apps across the web, and in particular on the popular Moodle LMS
  2. Wix is a powerful and intuitive drag-n-drop website builder
  3. SpeakPipe allows students to comment in audio on a class website or blog
  4. Flow is “is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.”
  5. ReadLang allows you to read articles, and look up and save the meanings of unknown words whilst preserving their original context
  6. Lex Flashcard Game uses Quizlet vocabulary sets to create engaging and educational vocabulary learning activities
  7. Vocre aims to translate your speaking in real time into over 66 different languages
  8. Hapara “helps educators effectively use cloud-based, open tools to positively impact student learning”
  9. Kanjigames helps you to study the kanji…
  10. …while cram.com offers a flashcard learning system for an array of subjects

If you found these tips useful, why not check out the new version of my book, which has been revised, updated and expanded for 2019: 50 Ways to Teach with Technology