Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Blog Move

Hi all!

I'm just posting to announce that I will be moving this blog to our new Wissahickon Professional Learning Network. I know that the move cuts out the global audience, but I think that the goal is communication, and this blog is not serving that purpose. So, if you are a member of Wissahickon School District and want to join the World Language group, please visit http://wissahickon.ning.com and request to join!


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Website: Babbel.com

Check out this new language learning web 2.0 site called Babbel! Here, you can learn languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, English), practice what you've learned, find people from around the world who speak the language you are learning (or your native language!). This seems to be a great tool for students AND teachers of world languages. Teachers can use the vocabulary lessons with students, refer students to this site for extra practice, or brush up on their own language with the upper-level activities and discussion forums.

Check it out!


Thursday, September 27, 2007

New Language Learning Website!

Check out Mango, a new language teaching tool. There are 100 lessons for the French course and many language courses, including English for ESL learners. Just sign up for a free account and you can view the courses. The lessons are in the form of slideshows with audio. It would be a great tool for the beginning levels to embed into lessons, but also a good review for the upper levels as supplementary activities. I am going to link it off of my Moodle pages for extra practice, and I may use some of the later lessons as I teach Units in my textbooks.

Here's the URL: http://www.trymango.com/

Here's a picture of a slide in the French course:

Saturday, September 22, 2007

New Tool - Animoto!

You can make cool slideshows with music, with Animoto!

Check out the one I did for my Back to School night intro..

Monday, September 3, 2007

2007-2008 School Year, Here we come!!!!

Hello again all! I've just spent a few minutes inviting those department members from the middle school who have not yet set up their accounts here to be authors of the blog. If you have already responded and become authors of the blog, you can post too! This blog is meant to be a space in which we ALL share ideas, activities, thoughts, etc. If we get this going it can be a great resource for us as we collaborate and communicate amongst ourselves.

Got a great game idea? What about a lesson that went really well? Did you find a great podcast or video for languages? Have you always wanted to try something and weren't sure if it would 'fly' with the students? Have a few questions about how to implement something? This is the place to post and share!

I encourage all of you to put this blog in your bookmarks and visit often to see what others are up to, lend a helping hand, or ask a question yourself.

Good luck to all this year!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Language Learning & Web 2.0 Video

Check out this video for some cool ideas....

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Que savez-vous? What do you know?

Check out this new video I made! I made it as a practice of 2 new applications for me: Keynote and iMovie (they both come on the macbook you'll be getting). Finding the images took the longest. It was a cinch to put together and figure out. I will play the video for my students as they enter the first day. I will also have it playing at Back-to-school night for the parents. Check out the bottom of my Wikispaces page for the answer key.. http://diannekrause.wikispaces.com/languages

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Another cool tool - Voki

Here's another cool tool that I learned about at the summit... http://www.voki.com/
It is a service that allows you to make an animated version of yourself, with your own voice recorded. You can be realistic looking, a cartoon, an animal, whatever you want.

Here is a sample one I just made...

Get a Voki now!

I made 2 of them for my websites this morning. Check them out on ...

Madame Krause Wiki: http://madamespace.wikispaces.com/
Soleil's Smile Blog: http://soleilsmile.blogspot.com/

I'm thinking about having my French 5 students each create one for an introduction to their French epal. It may be the very first project I do with them.

Does anyone else have any ideas how this modern tool could be used in our language classes?

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Macbooks are here!

I just got an email from Debbie Cline-Eck that the Mac laptops have arrived! Check out this video she made...