50 “Tech” Tasks For The English Language Classroom
2. Have a conversation with this chat partner. Copy the conversation and present it to the class.
4. Send a video email on the topic “______”. Open up a class Gmail account and share the id/pw. Send the emails to this email address and watch everyone’s video email. Also use Vocaroo to make a simple mp3 recording to share with the class.
7. Write a letter on Pirate Pad to your classmate(s) about ____________. Share the webpage address with the class and they will help you write and edit it.
8. Go to the sentence scramble maker and make a 10 sentence worksheet. Share the webpage with a classmate who will unscramble the sentences.
10. Go to EnglishCentral and study this video. Who in the class can get the most points?
11. Interview a classmate using Audioboo. Prepare your questions before the interview. Share the recording with your class. Also use Skype and invite / interview someone from another country to speak to the whole class. Example here.
12. Choose a famous person. Make a Fakebook page for the person. Share.
14. Create an arcade game in English for your classmates at Class Tools.
17. Go to Glogster and make a poster about “___________”. Present it to the class and post on the class wiki.
21. Play Draw My Thing – the incredible online Pictionary game.
23. Go to Blabberize and find a photo of a person or animal. Record yourself speaking like this person or animal.
25. Get students enjoying their favorite song and learning English with Lastonestanding.
27. Go to Transl8it.com and copy some of your coursebook text. Challenge a classmate to translate the textmessage version of the text.
29. Write a blog post or diary entry in English each day. Go to Penzu and start writing and sharing beautiful entries. Or create a webpage with Check This or KL1P Also set up 50 free student blogs on Edublogs.
30. Students can travel the world and listen to real audio on Woices. Get students to record and share their own geo-specific recording!
31. Go to 5 card Flickr and create a random story. Then tell the story to others in your group or take turns with one student telling for each photo.
32. Share your favorite things online. Create a Popplet and brainstorm around a topic. Or students can use Pinterest to collaborate around a board on a topic.
35. Students watch a How To video on eHow. After, students must explain to another group. Then finish by watching the video again together.
37. Go to Screenr.com. Students make a screencast sharing their favorite webpage. Post up on the class gmail account or wiki.
38. Make a private class Facebook group. Post a debate topic and students can debate a topic there using the comment feature.
39. Watch a silent video and have one student in the group turn their back to the video. The others in the group describe what’s happening in the video. Take turns.
41. Generate a random flickr image with Frig Tool and have students describe it. Or one student describes and the other must draw. Compare the drawing with the original. Example here (refresh the browser for a new image)
42. Use Twitter in your classroom. Favorite ways include using a hashtag and having students play story tag – adding to a story sentence by sentence. Create a backchannel for student comments during class on Today’s Meet.
43. Translate with google. Students translate a passage from their native language into English. Then, copy it into google translate and translate. Compare the two English translations.
44. Use Speed Reader. Put text or your course book reading into it and set the speed. Try to keep up the reading for the class or group. Also try Cue Prompter to read the days news like a real anchor person.
45. Use Montage maker. Hide the input and have students “Guess the Google”.
47. Textivate. Students load in text from their coursebook and make exercises. Share the link and other students can complete.
49. Create a series of signs with Redkid.net . Share your messages with the class.
50. Sing and learn English. Sign up and sing karaoke with Sing Snap or try the free Lyrics Training.
51. And now that students have done so many “tech” tasks – challenge them to Do Nothing For 2 Minutes.