computerHelp.jpgThis is a page for the techie inside you!

Firstly, here is a list of people who you might want to direct questions at:
  • Joe Dale, who publishes the blog we just couldn't function without Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom - with friendly, detailed instructions and support on just about everything from podcasting and blogging to the latest uses of technology in language teaching.
  • Chris Fuller, SSAT Practitioner, blogging and podcasting evangelist. Knows lots about Slideshare & Slidecasting too. Has a great School blog and personal blog.
  • Isabelle Jones, Head of Languages, Teacher of French and Spanish and ed-tech enthusiast-particularly interested in the use of the Interactive Whiteboard, blogging and developing mfl teachers' ICT skills and creativity through online networking.
  • Lisa Stevens - an incredibly talented, energetic and generous primary school teacher who is a Spanish specialist but also speaks good (Swiss) German!


There are some fantastic free tools available to use in Language teaching and often they lend themselves to the rest of the Primary curriculum too. Here are some of the best:

  • Voicethread - Simple to use with fantastic results, you and/or your class can upload pictures and/or video, then ask the children to add written or spoken comments and annotate the images. Use it to create stories, present projects, label pictures, follow directions etc. but as it is online (and you make it 'Private' so only your class can see it) you also have the option to 'invite' selected people to view/comment in their own time; so use it to share with a partner school and communicate creatively at leisure. Talkabout Voicethread example.
  • Photostory 3- Like 'Voicethread' above, with the facility to easily edit and add music, and this tool is completely free to download and use offline, so no privacy / security worries for your ICT technician.
  • Voki - an animated avatar (character) that allows you to also record sound. Great for showing off student's spoken skills on a website but still hiding their identity. Also very motivational, particularly for boys though girls like them too and the promise on choosing a voki to add their recordings to has proved a great incentive with classes who might otherwise not be so keen. Teacher signs in using school email, then just follow the simple on screen instructions to create a very impressive-looking speaking character, in under 5 mins maximum!
  • Audacity- download this free program to your classroom computer and plug in a cheap microphone. You now have a brilliantly simple way to then record and edit anything - from children speaking individually to classes singing together. The children will figure out how to use the program faster than you - but basically you just click the buttons that are shaped in the usual icons for play (green triangle), stop (red square) etc - and they are labelled as you move your mouse over them anyway. Later have a play around and try highlighting the sounds (just like highlighting text in word) and applying edit effects. Add music and create podcasts. Turn your students into DJ's and get them podcasting. Make sure you download the lame file too so you can save files (the program says 'export') as mp3 files which will be playable on just about anything! If in doubt check out Joe Dale's walkthrough instructions...and the Audacity tutorial wiki.
  • Wikis - these are very quick and simple to edit webpages which enable you to publish on the internet without lots of technical expertese. Great for showing off your class' work, collaborating with other classes/teachers/a partner school or just explore and join someone else's space.