I'm really curious about what other educators would say about English Central.
It is a place where students can watch videos and record/practice English based on the videos. Lots of feedback, video quizzes, vocabulary that is graded.
It is for learning English but I think it has a much larger potential and welcome anyone's thoughts about how else it could be used by teachers in other content areas.
(by the way - sign up as a teacher and you can sign up students, group classes, track and get stats on your student's learning.)
Thanks in advance for any feedback/thoughts.
I am no longer teaching in the classroom. I did, however go back to school when I was 70 to learn web design. My conceern is that the arts are going to cut form the class rooms in the United States. So I have started to put the history of art and architecture online. ahaafoundation.org is the site. Starting with Egypt I have done something new. I record the video clip and put it on line with the appropriate text. I think and need to know from you that that would be helpful to ESL students.
I also use Skype for teaching!! It is amazing. I have been teaching in three small schools in Pakistan and would consider using Skype and the website to drop into your class.
Take a look at ahaafoundation.org and think about the possibility of me collaborating with you.
Skype name Katherine Bolman
Thanks for the replies!
Ana, totally agree about the searchability and the need to do better given the wide selection of videos. I just started doing more formally with them (have always been helping as needed previously) and will be busy getting EC more teacher and student friendly. That will include improving the search, social media and making the videos full screen for inclass teaching. Stay tuned! These guys do "get it" and that's why I'm putting my energies behind them.
We will also have new teacher tools shortly. Any help from fellow teachers to help get the word out about this remarkable technology - much appreciated. It really would be great for all levels of student but particulary university, content based English programs where foreign students have to quickly learn academic English for uni. programs. So interested in hearing back from Universities that might want to use the technology for their foreign student body.
Katherine, I can't get ahaafoundation.org to work?
Here are a couple of presentations you can use to show staff, share what EnglishCentral can do for your ELLs.
More tools coming soon.