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John Simkin
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Is there a possibility to publish a list of links to useful sites like these somewhere on this forum?

I have a substantial list of annotated links (300+) for Modern Foreign Languages at:

http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/websites.htm

There are 1000+ links scattered around the ICT4LT website (Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers): http://www.ict4lt.org

The ICT4LT site includes a module (No. 3.3) on Creating a WWW Site and there is a Glossary of Terminology relating to ICT in general and to Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), as well as a Resources Centre. The ICT4LT site includes several references to Action Mazes and to the Quandary and Hot Potatoes programs - both of which are useful tools in CALL: see especially Module 2.5 on Authoring Programs. Martin Holmes and Stewart Arneil have demonstrated these tools at EUROCALL conferences (http://www.eurocall-languages.org) and I have been privileged to visit their university (University of Victoria, Canada) several times - I have relations living nearby on one of the smaller islands. Small world!

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Yet another tool I discovered recently: starQuiz. It has the same features as Hot Potatoes plus a little bit more. You can export a quiz you make as an html-page but you can also save it in the dedicated starQuiz format. To make such a quiz you need the full program (costs about $30,-) but students just need the starQuiz reader and that's for free. More info: http://www.cosmicsoft.net/.http://www.cosmicsoft.net/' target='_blank'>

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I am a Flash fanatic. Problem with Flash is the time it takes to create good educational content. Take a look at my Harmony lessons for a sample.

I created these lessons with a nice program called Swish which takes the blood, sweat and tears out of using Macromedia Flash. You can get it from The Swishzone website

Alternatively, there is a really nice flash generator in the shape of CoffeeCup Firestarter from The Coffee cup website

This is free, but has a small advert at the bottom of the presentation. An advert free version is $49 I think.

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I'd add OPEUS to this list.

I'd grown disillusioned with the range of commercially available and tecnnically specified tools produced and worked with a project team to build something that every teacher and student could use from their existing skill base.

Rather than bringing elements of e-learning to schools as revolutionary, we worked on making it evolutionary, so in one step a teacher could move to using e-learning to support their current efforts with a view to developing increasing confidence and competency.

At present it is used in schools to host links to useful websites, for online development of libraries of learning materials, collaborations between departments and schools and for e-portfolios for students and teachers. Unlike other e-portfolio solutions I have seen, this includes a facility to assess and remediate work rather than simply store it.

Happy to supply further information should anyone be interested and provide links to sites where it is in operation. In the meantime, you'll have to make do with my own: www.myopeus.com/learningpost

Best wishes,

David Hughes

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How about Moodle? It's a free open source Virtual Learning Environment:

http://moodle.org

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