I’ve been teaching languages online since 2008. You may imagine that I have tried out a myriad of different tools since my first online lesson! However, in time I learnt to stick to the ones which are extremely simple to use and to which my students respond best. So far these have been the following platforms and tools:
For synchronous teaching:
After working with various virtual classrooms for years, starting with ancient DimDim and then pricey AdobeConnect and popular WizIQ, I ended up using Vyew. Its uniqueness dazzled me, until dozens of my virtual classrooms and years of course creation disappeared overnight. I wish I hadn’t spent so much time, effort and money while Skype and Google doc have always been there for me: the most reliable ones and free!
For synchronous and asynchronous teaching:
Of course, Skype along with Google doc! Another great tool that has patiently been waiting for me to discover it! It allows both you and your students to follow the changes to the document in the real time. There is also a chat available along with other addons.<
Once the lesson is over, my students do their homework when they have time, add it in the form of a comment and I get an instant notification into my Gmail inbox. I reply to them instantly and this allows a continuous flow. How cool is that!
For asynchronous teaching:
Blogger and Facebook page for sharing content
Blogger is the simplest form of blog I would advise teachers to use. It looks neat and trendy, and yet you needn’t worry about many technical details, especially in comparison to WordPress. There is nothing to install, nor to update. My free blog on blogger.com platform has more than 80k unique visitors a month. I keep sharing the numerous posts I create there through Facebook and Twitter as well. Many of my online students get in touch with me for the first time through my FB page or comments on the blog.
Youtube for publishing my videos
Fifty percent of the traffic I attract to my website comes from my Youtube videos. They are embedded into my own posts. That is why I managed to create a kind of a LMS with my blog and Youtube. I simply add a link into my Youtube video lesson which leads to a language quiz which is based on my video lesson. Most of my students tell me they feel happy to be able to use platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and Blogger to do the tasks and listen to my video lessons. There is nothing complicated about that!
Embeddable quizzes for practicing various language skills.
Let me explain to you how you can add a quiz to your blog and change it within minutes!
As you have seen here, the most important steps are as follows:
Logging into your Learnclick account
Naming your quiz
Adding a category
Deciding on the number of attempts and quiz timing
Adding a text
Making your quiz visible to everyone
Saving the quiz
Clicking “show quiz” in order to check what it looks like and if everything is correct
Clicking on “change”, next to Visible to in order to get an embed code
Grabbing the embed code
Pasting the code into your blog or website
It’s that simple!
Padlet for writing exercises
This is another fun tool which proved to be reliable and attractive to my students. They easily access a Padlet page with my video lesson, click twice and write whatever I instruct them to practice. I guess it is also fun for them to see that there has been a continuous flow of messages for a few years. Students of various ages and backgrounds from the whole region of ex-Yu have been learning together – check it out on this padlet.
Vocaroo.com for speaking exercises
The quickest way to leave a message for someone and relax knowing that it will be erased in a month or so. No need to sign up, sign in – just allow the platform to use your mic, record the speaking task and send your teacher the link. My students keep sending me their speaking exercises though their own Google docs or FB messages. I listen to them and reply within a day. This is an indispensable tool for all language teachers out there!
I hope you enjoyed learning how I perfected my online teaching in years while downsizing the number of tools and platforms. In the course of the last year I made my dream come true and switched to teaching online completely. Of course, more than twenty years of F2F teaching helped a great deal 😉
I would like to invite you to share your online teaching experiences, your blogs and your favourite tools! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.
You can now import questions into Learnclick or export Learnclick quizzes. We use the Moodle XML format. See documentation.
We chose the Moodle XML format because it’s well-documented and works well with our quizzes. And it has the advantage that there already exist a number of converters with which you can convert your questions to Moodle XML.
Exporting your quiz questions does not only serve as a way to backup your questions, but it can be also used if you want to reuse some quiz questions you created in another quiz. You can check which questions you want to export and then you can import those into your new quiz (where you can re-order them).
So you created many quizzes inside Moodle and would now like to use them in your WordPress blog? The solution I’m giving you here won’t actually import the quizzes into WordPress, but into learnclick.com and you can then embed them using an iframe (note that this solution only works if you’re self-hosting your blog, not on wordpress.com as they don’t allow iframes).
Follow the instructions for embedding your quiz into WordPress. You will need to install the iFrame plugin. When pasting the iframe code into your WordPress code you will need to change the angle brackets <> into square brackets [ ].
Cloze dictation quizzes are great for learning languages in context. In this article I will explain to you how this can be done with learnclick.com.
I click on “Create a Quiz” and then choose the first option “Blank Boxes & Dropdowns” from the dropdown list and click “Add Question”.
Then I paste my text into the Learnclick textbox. For the words or short phrases I want to learn I mark them and click on “Create Gap” .
The examples for this quiz are in Korean. I added the English translations.
“Talk to me in Korean” has the above article also available as a video on Youtube. I only want to include the audio into my quiz, so I copy the Youtube vIdeo URL and head to convert2mp3.net to convert the video into an mp3-file (you can find the Youtube link when you click on “Share” below the Youtube video).
Above the quiz text-field I click on the icon to add a a multimedia element:
I choose the type “audio” and click on the symbol next to text-field for File/URL to upload my mp3 file.
After clicking on the button “Create” in the multimedia dialog, it will insert the audio file inside our textbox. In the edit mode it will only display a yellow box. You will get to see the actual audio controls once you display the quiz.
This is how my dictation quiz displays after I click on the button “Show Quiz”:
A few months ago we asked some of our clients the following question(s): “What makes learnclick.com unique? Why did you choose our product?” We thought you might find the answers useful for deciding if learnclick.com is something you could use:
Real customer service
The reporting is key to formative assessments and reteaching
The help pages are actually useful
It has lots of functions – all that I need, it’s constantly updated, quizzes can be embedded into my site, I can see statistics.
I can create different types of quizzes.
I can add explanations to each answer.
I can create PDF from my quiz and give it to students during classes.
am a teacher of special needs young adults and created our own curriculum for our program. Your program allowed me to customize assessments and assignments with the added feature of scoring them and keeping the data for me. This has been absolutely huge for us and for me personally.
I love the fact that I can customize work for our students, the program is user friendly, and the support has been great as well.
I give my students a lot of assessments at the beginning of each year, and this really streamlines the process so I don’t have to grade them all by hand.
It is the easiest way to make a fill in the blank activity online
Because of the simple creation of drag and drop exercises
I wanted to find a way to give vocabulary quizzes with drag and drop.
Quizzes help teachers to assess if what they instructed has been understood by their students. The advantages of creating quizzes online are many:
1) The answers get stored online. The teacher can immediately see which students completed the quiz. Teachers do not lose time in going around the classroom physically checking in homework.
2) Teachers can quickly compare the given answers and see in what areas students are successful and in what areas they have demonstrated learning gaps.
3) It saves time grading and the student can immediately see if his answer was correct or not. One can also add an explanation to the quiz question which appears after the student answered the question.
4) Students can retake a practice quiz as often as they want and can see if they improved their score.
5) One can add images, sound and videos to an online quiz and of course save paper.
For doing all this, learnclick.com provides an easy to use, yet powerful quiz creator. Its strength comes into play when creating fill in the gap quizzes. There are several gap-filling options: a simple blank field, a dropdown menu or by using drag & drop boxes. Of course you can also add multiple choice or essay questions. The given answers can be compared very quickly with Learnclick’s statistics and grades feature.
We now have a free feature at learnclick.com: You can use our advanced quiz maker to create professional looking printable pdf worksheets! Just login with the demo account (username and password are both “demo”).
After you finished creating a quiz, click on the button “Show Quiz”. Then you will see the link to “Generate a PDF file” at the top right of the quiz you created.
Here is an example screenshot of a pdf worksheet created with our quiz creator: