LHS PDS Tech Tools Workshop

Explore this site and see the different tools ready to integrate into a lesson. Remember to ask: How will it impact student learning?

Session Handout-21st century tools:

LHS PDS 2010 21st Century Tools to Teach, Learn and Collaborate

Bloom's Taxonomy:

Check out this more detailed wiki for tech

Quick Reference List
word clouds
Wordle, Wordsift, ImageChef Word mosaic
Tagxedo ABC Ya Word Cloud
making movies
Animoto/Edu, Slide.com Stupefix, Xtranormal: One True Media
PhotoPeach Domo AnimateGoAnimate Doink
Online easy video editor
Share and Publish Documents
Scribd Slideshare Issuu publishing format tool
avatar video podcast
Voki, Fotobabble Blabberize
Vocaroo, Yodio, Voxopop
ToondooMake Believe Comix
Pikistrips Pikikids Chogger Comics
Free Internet calls/Skype
Google Docs, Google maps in other languages, Google Earth
Polleverywhere Flisti
Writing books/Storytelling/
Mixbook Bookr Storybird: Zooburst popup books
Issuu-publish StoryJumper Create a scenario
Publishing tools
Slideshare, Scribd, DocStoc, Calaméo
podcasts/video podcasts
Glogster Glogster/Edu
BackChannel feedback and post it notes
Today's meet, Wallwisher, Backnoise
Linoit (like wallwisher), Chatzy Postica notes
Collaborating tools
Primary Pad Edistorm brainstorming
iEtherpad real-time collaborating tool, Titan Pad collaborating tool
Pirate Pad, Scribblar
Piclits, BeFunky: Buildyourselfwild FaceinHole Big Huge Labs
Flickr Poet
Quizlet Funnel Brain
Make charts
Make diagrams and flowcharts
diagrams and flowcharts
Text to speech
Vozme: available in Italiano| Hindi| Português| Català| Español|English
Web Wardrobe-closet of web tools
easy event scheduling
Convert media files online
from one format into another
Online converter
Connecting with others
Livemocha Palabea
Creating rubrics
Create a PDF file from a webpage
Takes notes and access on
computer anywhere
Write a newpaper: paper.li
Paper.li: Create a newspaper from a Twitter Hashtag or follow a Tweeter
Want to share text with your friends?
Paste it here and give them a link.
Just Paste It
Embed any doc, ppt in website
Possible Money Resource
National Teacher Registry
Cool Tools for School
web 2.0 tools for school
A-Z Internet tools
a-z Internet tools for educators
PSD Tech
PSD Tech thorough all subject wiki
Make screen cast movies
Games, make dice game. etc.
Tech games

Toni Theisen's Wikispaces
Class wikis
Professional wikis
French4Students'wikispaces as their online portfolios
Loveland, CO-La Réole,France
Loveland, CO-Matamata, New Zealand French wiki
Les Jeux Olympiques
Toni Theisen conference wikispace
World Languages Tech
ACTFL Tech 2009
WL-Thompson School District Tech
World Languages21stcentury Wikispace-Join this space and add your links, etc.
Global competency
LHS-BestBuy Collaborative Wiki

Watch the world change

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Five Questions for Planning Successful Web-Based Activities
1. What is the curriculum related purpose of the activity? The outcome or assessment should be aligned to your lesson objectives and standards.
2. Does the Internet tool enhance the activity? If the answer is no, find a more appropriate place to integrate the web.
3. How will students use the online resources? Once students locate information, they should be asked to apply, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, or create. The activity should require them to move to higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
4. Do students have necessary information analysis/information synthesis skills or am I including these in instruction? The project should not become simply an exercise in locating information. Students must have the necessary background knowledge and pre-requisite skills to complete higher level tasks or these must be included in instruction prior to the web-based learning activity.
5. Do I have the necessary time and support for the activity? Double your original time estimate and always have access to technical support to resolve problems efficiently.


"How to" sheets for many tools.

Starter Sheets

"How to" sheets for many tools.

21st century tools booklets of explications
Starter Sheets

How to make guides-Use them so you can learn or edit them so students can follow the directions.

How to make a Wordle, Piclit, Wikispace, Voki, Toondoo, Voicethread


Global Competency wikispace-all kinds of global projects, reading, etc.

New stuff for alternative assessment:

When assessment goes wrong-a parody
(youtube video-need to watch at home)

General Information for alternative assessment:

  1. Guide to Alternative assessments
  2. Role of assessment in a differentiated classroom:
  3. A Guide to Effective Assessment
  4. Authentic Assessment Toolbox

General Information for Background Knowledge

  1. ISTE Standards, Colorado CDE Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness document
  2. Critical thinking skills and higher level thinking: Bloom's Taxonomy:
  3. Google docs to collaborate: documents, presentations like PowerPoint, form, spreadsheets, advanced search (truly a 21st century tool)

Sites to explore

  1. Lit2Go: is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. You can: download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go and listen to the Mp3 files on your computer. You can also view the text on a webpage and read along as you listen and print out the stories and poems to make your own book.
  2. GoogleLitTrips:Literature and Google maps.
  3. The Great Gatsby: A video project illustrating a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY
  4. TeacherTube: Teacher videos, lessons plan video, student video lessons, etc. Excellent resource
  5. Wikispaces in class -T. Theisen's French classes wikispace
  6. Mike Pintaric's AP Calculus
  7. Using Voicethread for peer assessment in a social studies class-a teacher blog entry

21st Century Tools

Wordle:make word clouds

38 ways to use Wordle in the classroom
Wordle: As long as you always save your wordles to the gallery with the same username you can search for them by entering the following into your
browser address bar: http://www.wordle.net/gallery?username= adding your username after the = Picture_9.png


Text to speech movie making. You can also watch, share or embed other movies already made. Choose set, characters and a voice from a range of international accents.
Want more detail explanations to making an XtraNormal, then watch this YouTube video
Here is Mme. T movie:Le déjeuner

Another MmeT. production:Le Petit Prince



Face in Hole site Click on the art pix. Find a piece of art, upload your photo-et voilà!
tt as Marie Antoinette! (At least I still have my head on my shoulders.)

Create your own FACEinHOLE

Another MmeT. production: UNC 2009

Another MmeT. production:Visitez La France

  • One True Media helps you turn your photos and video into slideshows and video montages for free. There is a 100 mg free upload per month. Can only upload pictures with free account. But if you change a powerpoint to (save as : jpg), then slides become photos and can be used.
another MmeT. production: Les Vacances

another MmeT production:Differentiation
(change a powerpoint to a series of jpg photos)

Big Huge Labs

Resources that are easy for teachers and students to use. Students can create trading cards, magazine covers, badge makers, billboards and more. You do not need an account. You must complete the project before saving it to your computer. There is no way to save and come back to it later to make changes. They are saved as images and can be inserted in other documents or on your webpage.

Big Huge Labs for Educators (NEW):http://bighugelabs.com/education.php

Big Huge Labs Trading Card: Turn your photos into trading cards! Think about the possibilities for class. Example of tonitheisen's dog.

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling: Writing stories and making books

Getting started with digital storytelling
Many digital storytelling resources

Tar Heel Reader
Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces. You may write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload.

Yudu: Read and publish online in many languages for free from anywhere. Explore the Library to find magazines, newspapers, eBooks and more.


Bubblr-make comics-fast and easy

Mixbook-Make an online book with photos for free.
Spain:an example

Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | View Sample Photo Books | Create your own Photo Book

Storybird: Create your own stories with a wonderful set of images from different artists. To includes accents-write the story in Word and then copy and paste. Students can collaborate on a story also. Can publish stories, but they are not yet allowing stories in other languages to be public. But you can invite people to read your story. For students learning English there are some great stories to read.

Storybird Quick Tour from Storybird on Vimeo.


heisen example: Les jeux olympiques et la paix

Storybird Wiki: A place to share readings in other language. Fiona Joyce has developed this wiki to share Storybird stories and gives advice on how to make them public.


SKYPE-Free Internet Calls-from local to worldwide

PLN-Personal Learning Network

Connect to and Collaborate with World Languages Teachers all over the World.

A must for your PLN. Follow World Language Teachers from all over the World as they post links to enhance student learning, etc. Peruse the lists below and follows teachers and techies to enhance your own learning.

Follow me (tonitheisen) and I will follow you: don't forget to add your bio. http://twitter.com/tonitheisen

Twitter Help for Teachers

Seven top tips for building your professional learning network with Twitter

Teachers on Twitter: teachers that have enhanced my PLN. Most of these tweeters are wild about tech. It is not just about language learning, it is about discovering new way to connect.


Join Facebook


The Educator's PLN



Delicious Bookmarks

Social bookmarking: Join


  • Create your own wikispace: Give it a try. Try new ideas with your students. Share global media with your students. The list goes on...
  • Text to Speech-English and many more ideas for this tool.
  • Learn How to do Digital Storytelling: a free online curriculum designed to bring Digital Storytelling training to the widest possible population. This powerful new medium allows ordinary people, with little computer experience and with readily available electronic tools, to create three- to four-minute video clips that can be played on a computer, shared as an email or played on a television.

Of course you need rubrics

  1. Rubrics Galore
  2. Make your own rubrics with templates
  3. Science Project checkllist rubric
  4. Need more rubrics

How to's

How to make a Wordle:
How to make a Piclits:
How to make a Wikispace:
How to make a Voki:
How to make a Toondoo: