• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Finally, you can manage your Google Docs, uploads, and email attachments (plus Dropbox and Slack files) in one convenient place. Claim a free account, and in less than 2 minutes, Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) can automatically organize your content for you.



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Becoming a model teacher:

Using multiliteracies and 21st century skills and tools in your own professonal development

Image capture, screencasting, media organization/editing tools, portal creation


Unit 2

Some multimedia tools used in blended learning


In this hour we will acquire tools that I use to make flipped and blended learning sites like this one.

First you need to get the tools, then we'll explore how to use them to improve the documents you've already created.

By the end of this hour I want you to have created PORTAL for your own project and shared it with the group via the workshop tag.


Image capture


Image capture: download and install Jing by Techsmith

This is a free tool from the makers of the more expensive tools Camtasia and Snaggit


Why download Jing?


Jing allows you to take capture frames/snippits from your computer and either store them as files on your computer or save them to a cloud space. You can annotate these files before saving, and insert them into materials you are preparing for reports or teaching materials.


Jing is particularly useful when you want to create tutorials to explain things that you are doing on your computer.


How to install it


Get it from:


Scroll way down to the bottom and find a tiny link to Jing,

or just click on the direct link here



If you want to install it on a Mac, see these instructions



  1. run jing.exe
  2. accept the fine print and install
  3. Allow the installer to make changes on your computer
  4. When "Jing is ready to go", click finish
  5. Click Get started
  6. Create a new account
    • Give your email address
    • Write in the display name you wish to use (the name that will identify your creations)
    • Your password, but don't forget it
    • Your country (probably to give you the correct language)


When the Jing SUNSHINE blob appears, check your email and confirm your address

If you see this page, you can skip it https://www.screencast.com/t/LdGh0h5XzVgY

Jing is ready to use



Free alternatives to Jing




Works similarly to Jing, allows saving to disk or to a URL


Windows accessories: Snipping Tool 

  • Captures images
  • Save them on your computer
  • No convenient cloud URL available 




Screencasting / capture



For screencasting: Install Screen-cast-o-matic


Why use Screencast-o-matic?


This is a great tool for making tutorial videos of what is happening on your screen and sound card.

You can speak using a mic, and include your own image popout via your webcam.

It's quick and easy, and has an intuitive interface.


How to launch it (you'll need to run an exe file it downloads to your computer)


Visit https://screencast-o-matic.com/ and

  1. click the BLUE button: Start recording for free
  2. click the ORANGE button: Launch Free Recorder 
  3. click on the downloaded file WebLaunchRecord.EXE to launch the app



AND ... it  launches. You're ready to REC



You might need to configure your mic, etc, but this is pretty easy!


You can save your recording on your computer and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and use / embed it in your teaching materials


... like this :-) To record the video below,

I queued webpages in different tabs in my browser and switched from one tab to the next as I narrated the Web tour:




Image organization and manipulation


Download and install Irfanview

This is a free tool which I have used for years. It's reliable and benign.


Why use Irfanview?


Irfanview allows you to see thumbnails on your computer organized by folders. You can scroll through the photos, open them, crop them, resize them, apply filters, and do many basic editing functions in one flexible interface.


This program is only for Windows. If you have another device, you'll have to use something comparable.


How to install it


Here is the main download page: https://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm

One of the options for downloading the program is Fosshub: https://www.fosshub.com/IrfanView.html

Choose the installer for your operating system. When you run the installer you will see the screen below

You can accept the recommended settings or use mine:




Click NEXT through the next screens





and when you reach the last step, you're done



Alternatives to Irfanview


Explore the images on our device using this tool or one that comes with your device. 

Report in your shared document what your capabilities are with your image browsing / editing tool.



Create a free portal space


PBworks is a wiki website creation site that allows you to create one free workspace under the basic academic plan.


What can you do with PBworks?


You can use this workspace to create a portal for your students to use to explore your lessons and tutorias, and link to other places they should go to online to submit their work or find links to more information.


How to get your free workspace


GET STARTED here: http://www.pbworks.com/




Select the free plan



In this next step you have to choose a unique name for your workspace, one that no one else in the world is using.

This name becomes part of the URL for your workspace. For example, I chose workshops2020 and the URL for my workspace became



So choose wisely, give a name and email address, and a password that you can remember



If you get this message, check your email and reply to confirm



In the next step you decide if you want a public or private space (visible to anyone with the URL, or only to people you select)

accept the terms of service, and go to your workspace



You workspace comes filled with text that's not yours

To make it YOUR workspace, click on edit, delete the text, put something else there if you wish, and SAVE your work.




Find out more about PBworks


Here is a link to a workshop, created in PBworks, about how to use PBworks in depth



Alternatives to PBworks


Google Docs

are great places to start a blended learning portal


is a Moodle-like space, but hosted, and more intuitive (because it's more limited than Moodle).


One of Vance's collaborative Schoology projects: https://app.schoology.com/course/2264046012/materials



Aggregate content around tags


Why would you want to aggregate content?


  • It is common for conferences to set a TAG for their conference, for example #thaitesol20; or this workshop tag, #jan24buu
  • If you are in a presentation at the conference you can take a photo or comment on the presentation and post it to a site that collects, or aggregates, all the posts to that site around tags people assign to their posts
  • If other people do the same then their combined posts using the common tag can be aggregated and displayed by users who search for them on the site according to their tag.  


Examples of sites that do this include

  • Twitter 
  • Facebook
  • Flickr


What have other workshop participants done with tagging at these sites? archives2020  


Here is a good example from a conference in Danang recently, https://twitter.com/search?q=glocall2019

Or, on Facebook, do a tag search on #ELSpecialist, https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/elspecialist


We will try to see how this works here using Twitter, and the search https://twitter.com/search?q=jan24buu   

Here are the Workshop tags to replace tag of the day you should use


Mon Jan 20 - #jan20reli

Tue Jan 21 -  #jan21ubru

Wed Jan 22 - #jan22ubru

Thu Jan 23 - #jan23culi

Fri Jan 24 - #jan24buu <-- tag of the day today

Mon Jan 27 - #jan27crru

Tue Jan 28 - #jan28crru

Wed Jan 29 - #jan28swuic


Make a tagged post to your Twitter feed



If you are on Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram, make a post there using our workshop tag  #jan24buu

Your post can include

  • Your impressions of this workshop
  • A photo you have taken here
  • A link to your free portal space
  • A link to the Google Doc you created in Unit 1
  • A link to the Etherpad you created in Unit 1
  • Any other linkable artifact of relevance to this group 


For shorter workshops let's move on to Unit 3, Model_Teacher_Unit_3


Time to be creative


Augment your Google Doc or Etherpad or free portal space with content and artifacts 


Use at least one of the tools mentioned so far to add content to your Google Doc or Etherpad or free portal space 


Submit your creation


When you have


It's time for a break

In Unit 3 we'll explore how others create blended models of how to teach online that you can learn from and model for your students


Here's a sneak peek at Unit 3 - Continuing professional development through engaging in networks of other learners / teachers and communities of practice



These materials were created by Vance Stevenshttps://learning2gether.net 

for presentation at  ELSpecialist workshops and ThaiTESOL in Thailand in January, 2020

You are free to share-alike and with attribution under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

The date of this update is January 23, 2020







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