Thursday, 9 February 2012

Wallwisher---post your wish here

Wallwisher is free and similar to Todaysmeet, but in my opinion, I think that wallwisher is more fun than Todaysmeet and wallwisher can motivate students since this website provide many different backgrounds for people and student not only can add their comments on the 'wall', but also can add website, video and pictures to this 'wall'. Students do not need to log in or register. People can see all walls and add their comments to that wall. If people want to make a wall, they need to find a topic for this wall and add some dscription of this wall, if they do not want to show every comments, they can choose the approve. Since this website do not need to log in, thus if people do not log in, this website will not show their name, but they can change it.

How to use:

1. Teacher can put the question as the topic of the wall, and ask students to this wall and add their answer to this wall. But teacher should choose the approve, since if lazy students can see other students' answers, they will copy it.

2. If teacher want to get some feedback of a exam or a lesson, he/she can use this website. And students can choose whether leave their name or not. It is good for shy students who do not like express their opinions in public.

3. Teacher can use this website to give students a way to practise grammar. For example, teacher can put a sentence as a topic of a wall, and let students change the tense, structure, verb form of this sentence. Students just need to post their answers to this wall is ok. They also can choose whether leave their name or not. In this way, teacher can find some mistakes, and explain these mistakes in class.

4. Teahcer can use this website as online room to teach language. For example, teacher can put the language piont as the topic of a wall, and add some videos, pictures or website that related to this language point. Students can use this wall and learn this language point at home or review after class.


1. this website is more colorful than Todaysmeet, thus this website can motivate students to answer a question.

2. This website can add comments, videos, pictures and website, thus teacher can use this website to attract students to finish their homework.

3. This website can give a way for shy students to express their comments or opinions.


1. This website cannot use for a large size class, since if this website is used for a large size class, it will be mass if all students express their opinions. And teacher will not have enough time to read every comments since some comments will be covered by other comments.

2. If students do not log in, it will not show their name.

Dvolver---make your own small movie

Dvolver is a website that people can make their own small movies, or cartoon. This website is easy to use. It provide the different backgrounds, different situations, different ways that people meet and different characterises of people. Students can choose their favourite one and make small movies. At the same time, they need to design the dialogues for the people when they meet each other in the small movies. In this way, students can find a way to practise their writing skill and communication skill.

How to use:

1. Teacher can give a topic for students and let students make small movies around this topic. Students can do this after class and send their movies to teacher or post their movies on their blogs, facebooks, or other place.

2. If students learn a new grammar in the class, teacher can let students use this new grammar to make a small dialogue by using this website. It is fun to do homework or to do some grammar exercises.

3. Students can work in pairs to finish a small movie. Since this website only can play music, but not play the dialogue. Therefore, after students finish their small movies, they can take this small movie to the class, and add their own voice when play this movie.


1. This website can motivate students. It is easy to use and fun to make their own movies.

2. This website can provide a way for students to work in pairs and exercise their grammer or sentence structure.


1. This website only can play the music, it cannot read the dialogues.

2. Students cannot use their own pictures as background or situation. Students only can use the pictures that this website provided.

3. This website only provides 4 situations that people meet each other.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Breaking new English---fun to learn English

Breaking new English ( is a website that teachers can use this website to teach English or add some extra materials for students to do after school. This website provides many tasks for teachers to choose and also this website provides a teaching plan for teachers to consider. This website will update every 3 days, and the materials are related to our daily life. It is a best material for teacher to motivate students to learn English.

How to use:

1.     Teachers can use this website to practice students’ listening skill. Since the articles are not long and the vocabulary is not difficult for senior high school students. Thus teachers can download the MP3 file and play it for students to practice their listening skill.

2.     Teachers can use ‘missing word’ to motivate students to remember new vocabulary. It is boring to remember words without any tasks. Thus this task can motivate students to remember new words, and in this situation, students can easier remember the meaning and usage of new words.

3.     Teachers can use ‘sentence jumble’ to motivate students how to organize an article. This task can motivate student to rewrite this article. After doing this task, they will have a better understanding of this article.

4.     Teachers can print the handout that this website provides. In this handout, teachers can find many tasks about reading, gap-filling, group work tasks and so on. Teachers can use these tasks to check whether students understand this article or not.


1.     This website can motivate students to learn English, even after school. Since the materials that provided by this website are up-to-date and related to our daily life, the most important thing is these materials are very interesting. Thus it is easier for teacher to attract students’ attention and motivate them to learn English.

2.     The tasks that provided by this website are not very difficult. Therefore, students will not lose their interest to do these tasks. If they work in pairs, they will find some joy when they do these tasks.

3.     Teachers can use the handout that provided by this website in their English language learning lessons. Since the handout is complete from warm-up part to homework part, also the structure of this handout is very clear and the tasks are very suitable for students to do.


1.     The tasks that provided by this website only can be used in class or regard as homework for students to do. These tasks cannot be regarded as test for students. Since these materials are online, students can find the answers online, it will cause students to be lazier.

2.     The handout provides so many tasks, but it does not provide enough explanation of the article or new words. Therefore, if teachers want to use this handout, they need to add the explanation of the new words or the article before their lessons.

3.     Some tasks need use computers. Thus students must in computer room or they need to take their own computers to school. It is impossible in China. We have computer room, but it is difficult to control students when we use computer room to teach English. And if students take their own computers to school, teachers will not be more attractive than their own computers. Thus they will not listen to teachers rather than play their computers.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Flickr--picture presentation

Flickr is a website which people can use it to make presentation with different photos or pictures, then people can add some words to these photos or pictures. after people finish this presentation, they can send this presentation to someone else or put this presentation to their blogs. the picture blow is Flickr:

How to use:

1. teacher can let students do their own presentations about a place or a people. Students can search pictures and photos in this website and then use these pictures and photos to finish their presentations. Also they can add some words to these pictures and photos. After they finish their presentations, they can send their presentations to teachers or put the presentations to their blogs.

2. teachers can use this website to do presentations to explain a task about a place or a people. Presentations will more vivid than books and can attract students' attention.


1. this website can motivate students.

2. giving teacher a new way to make presentation except PPT , and more vivid and easier.


1. lazy students will ask other people to help them to finish this task.

2. if teacher use many pictures in his/her presentation, students' attention will focus on the picture rather than the content.


JING is a kind of software that teachers can use it to screenshot and add their voice. This software is free to download and use. It is very easy to learn how to use it and teachers can choose the area that they want to show to students.

How to use:

1.      Since this software can screenshot and add teacher’s voice. Therefore, teachers can use this software to give feedback to students. Teachers can collect students writing tasks, and use this software to give them feedback. It will save teachers’ much time. Since teachers do not need to write, they just need to speak the mistake and use the mouse to show students where the mistakes are.

2.      Teachers can use this software to explain vocabulary. However this software only can record 5 minutes. Therefore, teachers cannot explain much vocabulary once. But they can explain little vocabulary once and make many recordings.

3.      Teachers can use this software to give students homework. For example, teachers can let students use this software to make a presentation about a place or a picture. Also teachers can only give students a topic and ask student to find some pictures and make a presentation by using this software.

4.      Teachers can screenshot a period of a movie without voice, and ask students to dub the movie.

5.      Teachers can ask students read the text after school, and use this software to record their voice and send it to teacher. Teacher will find some problems in their pronunciation.


1.      Since teachers can use this software to give feedback to students, teachers can save much time. Since they just need to speak. Although this software only can record 5 minutes, but we can speak many things in 5 minutes. But we cannot write many words in 5 minutes.

2.      Students can save this feedback from teacher, and review it anytime.

3.      Students can practice their listening skill when they see the feedback from teacher. Since they need to listen to the feedback and notice where mistakes are and how to correct. In this way, students can practice their listening skill after school in a relax way.


1.      This software only can record 5 minutes. Therefore, teachers cannot record a long feedback or listening material for students.

2.      This software only is screenshot, thus students only can hear the voice of teacher, but they cannot see teacher’s face. Therefore, this software is only suitable for listening exercises, but not suitable for pronunciation practice, since students cannot see teacher’s mouth. Because teacher cannot be seen, it is impossible for teacher to show something or to use some gesture or facial expressions.