Instructional Strategies Resources


Chamot, Anna Uhl, Anstrom, Kristina, & Bartoshesky, Abigail. The elementary immersion learning strategies resource guide (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: National Capital Language Resource Center. Retrieved May 26, 2006, from http://www.nclrc.org/eils/ - The six chapters of this document outline twenty different learning strategies, describe techniques that teachers can use to teach them to elementary immersion students, explain how to incorporate them into lesson planning, model them in sample lesson plans, offer a review of the literature regarding learning strategies, an annotated bibliography, and a wealth of useful appendices. - chericem1 chericem1

Espanol es elemental - Downloadable resources, activities, and lesson plans from a Utah Foreign Language Association Conference session for elementary Spanish teachers on developing literacy skills through story-based instruction - chericem1 chericem1

Especially for Elementary - Links to the collection of resources and materials that Cherice Montgomery and her student teachers have compiled for language teachers at the elementary level - chericem1 chericem1

Iowa NELL - Downloadable resources and materials from Iowa NNELL's Virtual Swapshop - LindseyCo LindseyCo

LanguageLinks2006: Instructional Strategies - Links to the collection of instructional strategies that Cherice Montgomery and her student teachers have compiled - chericem1 chericem1

Power Teaching - Skip past the little song and watch the way this teacher provides small chunks of input in ways that engage students voices, bodies, and minds. Consider the ways this might be adaptable to a world language classroom. - chericem1 chericem1


Power Teaching - 6th Grade - Think about the ways the techniques demonstrated in this video could be adapted to a world language classroom in order to provide students with small, functional chunks of input in ways that help them to process and remember what they are learning. Notice how as the video continues, students copy the teachers' voice in their responses. - chericem1 chericem1


Twenty-first Century Technologies: Tools for Transforming Language Teaching & Learning - This electronic newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center contains a wealth of links to practical ideas, resources, and materials for enriching your instruction with free, emerging technologies. - chericem1 chericem1



Project Tools


Audacity – Phenomenal, free software you can download and use just like a tape-recorder. The files can be saved as MP3s that can be exported to iPods! Children can use this to record themselves performing culturally authentic children's chants, jokes, poems, proverbs, rhymes, short stories, songs, tongue twisters, etc. They also love to use it to create things for their classmates to hear. http://audacity.sourceforge.net - chericem1 chericem1

Brochure Creator - Have students practice using the target language by designing brochures and flyers. In just a few clicks, they can select themes and templates, edit the text, add their own images, and print! - chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

BubblePLY - Allows you or students to add speech and thought bubbles to any online video. http://www.bubbleply.com/default.aspx - chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

Bubbl.us - Easy-to-use, online, colorful graphic organizer that is shareable. Great for conducting brainstorming sessions, creating story maps, mapping out project timelines, etc. http://www.bubbl.us/ - chericem1 chericem1

ClassTools - Provides flash-based templates for the creation of graphic organizers, puzzles, and worksheets. Students can use them to create review activities and puzzles for one another. http://www.classtools.net/ - chericem1 chericem1

Cmap - Have students collaboratively create concept maps regarding the topics you are studying with this free, online collaborative concept mapping tool. Useful for having small groups brainstorm, consider the relationship of key ideas in a unit, or plan group tasks. Teacher can also use them to create concept maps that show steps in a project and can attach assignment sheets, instructions, worksheets, and resources to each bubble on the map so that students can see at a glance what they have to do and have all the materials they need to accomplish each step of the project in one place. chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

Comeeko - Free, well-designed software that lets students create their own comic strips (using photos or images) and save them for others to view. It can be used as a tool for engaging students in thinking about and expressing opinions on nearly any topic. http://www.comeeko.com - chericem1 chericem1

Create Your Scenario - Darling tool that lets students select characters, type lines for each one, save the work, and generate a playscript. http://www.kids-space.org/HPT/1a/11a.html - chericem1 chericem1

De.licio.us- This free social bookmarking site allows you to create an annotated list of online bookmarks to your favorite websites and to share them with others. This is an excellent way for busy teachers to collect links to enrichment activities and links that will assist students in completing classroom projects all in one location. You can quickly direct students to the appropriate lists of links using the tags you entered when you saved the links. You can also embed lists of links you have collected on particular topics into relevant pages of your website. http://del.icio.us - chericem1 chericem1

Edublogs - A free blogging service specifically designed for educational use. With appropriate permissions and precautions in place, blogs offer a great way to engage students in writing for authentic audiences and purposes. http://edublogs.org/ - chericem1 chericem1

Google Reader - After creating a free account, teachers can use this service to collect information about units they are teaching from blogs and webpages to which they have "subscribed" (for free and very easily) using RSS technology. This is also a great way for busy teachers to aggregate and organize links to information for student projects in one convenient location. http://www.google.com/reader - chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

Google Scholar – This search engine returns only scholarly articles and books, tells you how many people have cited them, and links you to related articles. A great place to look for research-based information regarding instructional strategies that are effective in facilitating language learning in PreK-8 contexts. http://scholar.google.com - chericem1 chericem1

Dumpr - This free online suite of tools allows you to edit your Flickr photos in order to turn them into coloring book images (VERY COOL), make them look old, turn them into globes, or add reflections. You can then save them to your Flickr account. (Still in beta) http://www.dumpr.net

FDs Flickr Toys - Some FUN things you can do to Flickr photos (such as create CD covers, magazine covers, mosaics, trading cards, etc.) that would make super assignments. http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/ - chericem1 chericem1

Generator Blog - A fantastic blog that contains links to all sorts of free, interesting generators (such as cereal boxes, insurance cards, money, etc.) that would be great tools for students to use in creating creative advertising campaigns. - chericem1 chericem1

Google Docs - Free, online spreadsheet and word processor like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word that lets multiple users on different computers edit a document simultaneously and save it online. Great for collaborative authoring among various group members. Combine this with Skype for voice features too! http://docs.google.com - chericem1 chericem1

Google Notebook – Lets you copy snippets from online articles, or create your own running notebook on the topics of your choice online. The notebooks can be kept private or shared, making them a great place for students to take notes, keep track of sources, and know where their peers have already looked. http://www.google.com/gn - chericem1 chericem1

Google Reader - After creating a free account, students can use this service to keep track of the webpages to which they have "subscribed" (for free and very easily) using RSS technology. Teachers can "subscribe" to their students' blogs and easily keep track of who has posted new content. http://www.google.com/reader - chericem1 chericem1

Google Scholar – Returns only scholarly articles and books, tells you how many people have cited them, and links you to related articles http://scholar.google.com - chericem1 chericem1

GoToQuiz.com - Allows you to create free quizzes, polls, and surveys that you can use on your blog, MySpace, etc. http://www.gotoquiz.com/ - chericem1 chericem1

Jumpcut - Allows you to edit digital video for free online. Great for students who don't have access to anything but the internet at home! http://www.jumpcut.com - chericem1 chericem1

Keep Toolkit - A free, online project planning template that allows students to input images, text, and video into different "boxes" to create a shareable "project portfolio." http://www.cfkeep.org - chericem1 chericem1

Media Convert - A free, slick little online tool that will let you identify a media file on your desktop or at a particular URL and convert it to the format of your choice simply by filling in a simple form. No registration required. http://media-convert.com/convert/ - chericem1 chericem1

Motivator - Create your own motivational posters for free with a digital photo and a few clicks. Download them, e-mail them, print them, or upload them to Flickr. You can also order print copies. http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/motivator.php - chericem1 chericem1

Picnik - Absolutely fabulous, free, easy-to-use, extremely functional, online image editing software. Lets you rotate, crop, color, or edit photos and will soon offer special effects. Interfaces very well with Flicker. (Still in beta) http://www.picnik.com/app/ - chericem1 chericem1

Pikipimp - A free, online site that lets you upload pictures, add all sorts of accessories and speech bubbles to them, then save them. The site will generate a URL where the pictures can be viewed, as well as code for your webpage. http://www.pikipimp.com - chericem1 chericem1

Protopage - Ever wonder what a Web 2.0 webpage will look like? Well, here's the answer! Register for free to get your own page, then customize the content by clicking on any of the tabs and altering their contents. Make as much as you like public or private. Like someone else's content? Simply click import and watch it all get added to your page! - chericem1 chericem1

Quickmaps - Allows you to pinpoint locations on a Google map, title and annotate the map, draw on the map, save all your annotations, and then generates a code you can embed into your blog or website to display the map. http://www.quikmaps.com/ - chericem1 chericem1

Quintura - A very cool search engine that returns the results visually. Mouse over one of the tag words to see additional layers of results. http://www.quintura.com See the new site for kids here: http://kids.quintura.com/ - chericem1 chericem1

Scrapblog - Combines the purposes and multimedia features of blogging with the visual affordances of scrapbooking. Comes with built-in templates and can accommodate music and video too http://www.scrapblog.com - chericem1 chericem1

Singshot - American Idol meets You Tube in a Web 2.0 sort of way . . . record and upload songs just like you might do with photos to Flickr. People can vote on them, etc. http://www.singshot.com/index.html - chericem1 chericem1

Slide.com - Use premade themes to create slideshows from your photos that you can embed in your blog or website. http://www.slide.com - chericem1 chericem1

Skype – Free software that allows you to talk to anyone in the world (up to 4 people at once) through your computer for free with a cheap headset mic (like the telemarketers wear) as long as the other person also has the software. Great for group conversations about projects. You can also call landlines or cell phones, but there is a charge for that http://www.skype.com - chericem1 chericem1

The Amazing You Tube Tools Collection - A collection of tools to help those interested in using/publishing materials to You Tube. - chericem1 chericem1

Tubes - Allows users to drag and drop content (audio files, bookmarks, documents, e-mail contact lists, spreadsheets, videos) into a "tube" that can then be accessed by all those who have been invited to share it. Invitees can also upload content to the tube, making project collaboration easier. The latest versions of content in the tube synch up when the user is online. Click on the Download link to see a 30-second demo. - chericem1 chericem1

Webnote Wiki - Allows users to collaboratively take color-coded notes in a space they create and organize them graphically. People can subscribe to your RSS feed. - chericem1 chericem1

Websites as Graphs - Lets you visualize the content of a website (in terms of images, tables, text, etc.) graphically. Useful for evaluating websites in terms of content and design issues. - chericem1 chericem1

Wikispaces - Allows you to set up collaborative work spaces where multiple people can collaborate. Allows uploading of documents, files, images, and multimedia in addition to basic text, and includes discussion boards for every page, editing histories, revert options, RSS subscriptions, and the ability to review recent changes. http://www.wikispaces.com - chericem1 chericem1