Episode 5 of the #mfltwitterati podcast is jam-packed full of amazing ideas around the use of mnemonics in the languages classroom. We also hear about the recent #mfltwitterati conference and forthcoming Badge Summit and explore how Wakelet could be a useful tool for collecting resources, enabling collaboration and sharing podcasts with a cool Spotify hack! Noah champions the #HighlightREAL hashtag and I give the new Real Lives exam a nice plug too as well as describe the impact that little changes to our software can have on our daily lives.
Our tech talk interview for this episode is with Daren White who explains many useful ways language teachers can use Google tools in the classroom including giving feedback with gifs with Keep and Docs, creating One Stop Animation with Slides, enabling Voice Typing in Docs to create dictations, running Auto translate with Sheets and using the Explore feature in Docs and Sheets.
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Joe and Noah
[1:22] Radar: Celebrating 12 years on Twitter and feeding back about the #mfltwitterati conference including mentions of presentations on the Making of the #mfltwitterati podcast presentation and GoFormative with a hat tip to @JakeMillerTech and Episode 19 of the Educational Duct Tape podcast with Corey Matthias
Here are the step by step instructions:
Go to the web based version of Spotify and search for your favourite podcast. Copy the link in the address bar starting with open.spotify.com. Go to Wakelet and Create a new collection. Name it and add a cover image. Click on the plus icon and Paste in the URL. Choose Grid View. Choose Public or Unlisted. Click Save and exit. Click on the three dots to the right of Share. Click Embed. Copy the part of the code starting with https://embed.wakelet.com and ending with list. Replace the word List with grid. You now have a URL of podcasts with an embedded play button to play the latest episode or if you click on the Spotify link it will take you to that podcast’s homepage.
Here’s a Wakelet Wake of some of my favourite educational podcasts
[10:23] Real lives exam, the brain child of Nick Mair from Dulwich College in conjunction with Chartered Institute of Linguists. “The Real Lives exam series is a brand new format for testing practical, applied language skills in real life scenarios. Focused this year on listening skills, the series has the potential to be extended to all skills in future.” Sign up form here.
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[55:03] Enabling Voice Typing in Docs to create dictations
[57:57] Running Auto translate with Sheets and creating personalised word banks
[1:00:49] Using the Explore feature in Docs and Sheets.
[1:03:06] A few final thoughts and looking forward to the next episode