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Using Creative Commons

Locating appropriate images or content for teaching and sharing our own resources can lead to difficulties if you are unaware of ownership rights. Creative Commons licensing provides an effective way to assert ownership internationally without preventing re-use. This brief guide will help you to become an Open Educational Practitioner.

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Role playing an exam scenario

In this example the teacher is using a simple tool called Present.Me to act out a part of an exam. In this example we can see a teacher working with a student but this could easily be two students working together. The questions have been written into PowerPoint and uploaded into the system and then the voice and webcam has been added to a the PowerPoint. The tool is very easy to use.

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Recording a presentation

In this example the student has been asked to create a PowerPoint presentation and then add their voice to it. The student used a free tool called MyBrainShark.com which allows students to upload video, PPT, Word docs, PDF files and much more and then add their voice. The resulting videos can then be shared or embedded. The tool is free and very easy to use.

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CLILstore: creating web content.

Step-by-step guide on how to embed a video-clip into an internet text page, add any text (or transcription) to the text page, link all the words of the text to an online dictionary, and link to other electronic practice exercises, such as Hot Potatoes. The CLIL store project was funded by the EU. The repository of existing units is open access, therefore, teachers or students wishing to use existing units do not have to register with the service before viewing or using the materials. The authoring interface has been designed to be user-friendly, however, new users are encouraged to read the step by step guides provided on the project website and if possible to avail of one of the many training workshops offered by the Tools team.

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Video for homework

 

Using an integrated video recording tool within his course page on a Moodle VLE, this Higher Education student has submitted a video assignment which was set for homework. The assignment set a topic which he reflected on, he prepared a script and then performed the response, recording it using his laptop webcam connecting through the virtual learning environment in his student room. Once he was happy with the recording, he was able to submit it for marking to his tutor.

If these walls could talk

Photo stories combine still images and text to create a simple story. Photo stories rely on basic ideas of video production, they offer an opportunity to provide discussion starters for e new topic. A range of technologies are available to combine still images and text, such as Microsoft Powerpoint. Music can be added to give atmosphere. This example was created as part of the Divis project.

pdfIf these walls could talk

 

Video presentations

 

Created with a group of asylum seekers (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sub Saharan Africa) within a task based language (Italian  as  L2) learning programme. Learners briefly present themselves to the video camera: who they are, where they come from, what they can do and what they like to do. As preparation, the learners can organise the presentation in a written form.

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Present your school

School presentations are a universal video format where students introduce their own school. The productions can range from simple slide shows to sophisticated video productions. They are useful outcomes for European cooperation and exchange. The core ideas have been developed within the DIVIS project: http://divisproject.eu

Include specific vocabulary related to school in an authentic setting. Develop presentation skills in the foreign language.

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Als ich 16 war

This activity captures reflection in a foreign language. It follows a standard video production approach and works especially well within adult education. It is also a useful way of capturing a particular use of language, in this case tense.

pdfAls ich 16 war

 

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