Lots of 'mashups' these days that can provide some interesting tools for language learning. This is an example of reading vocabulary prepared in PHRASR . You can enter words or a phrase, and this site will attempt to find relevant images for each word from FLICKR.
Possible ideas to use with students?
- Ask different students to prepare a PHRASR of words from a reading in class, and share in the class website.
- Use for idoms - resize browser window so words can't be seen and only the images, e.g. "raining cats and dogs" at http://www.pimpampum.net/phrasr/?id=28351
- Create a PHRASR using a dictionary definition, and then have students guess the word being defined. Here is one I just created: http://www.pimpampum.net/phrasr/?id=28383
- Have students choose the keywords in a text and create a visual summary of a reading. Use the PHRASR as a prompt to write a summary.
Nice things about this tool
- Easy to use
- Can create PHRASR on the fly in the class
- Visually stunning and will be attractive to students
- Easy to get students to create them and share them.
Not so nice things about this tool
- At the whim of FLICKR - images may be inappropriate at times
- Articles and prepositions normally have to be ignored
- You can't enlarge the final image sequence, but you could use a screen capture tool to grab the sequence and reuse the image in another way or material.
Any other ideas/comments?