Engaging learners online

Great tips on how to engage learners online from Shift’s Disruptive Learning

Go to the link or view this infographic.


Housing Search Online Interactive Quiz 2

Search for a dream home with this authentic task based approach. 40 interactive slides on learning the language of housing descriptions and how to do an internet search through this interactive Housing Search Online Quiz 2 resource. Learners search for their dream home while building their vocabulary for describing homes, particularly focusing on adjectives and prepositions to do with floor plans. It provides a step-by-step guide to an online property search as well as reading and quiz activities.

1.Before you read activity –categorised as search words and property words.

2.Guide to online property search activity – follow step-by-step instructions.

3.Reading activity – 14 matching, multiple-choice,sequencing and cloze questions.

The different activities in this resource develop a range of reading skills- scanning for information on a website and reading a text for meaning.


This quiz was created using Adobe Captivate. You need the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash Player to view the interactive quiz. There are two file choices, as an Adobe Acrobat Document or as a Shockwave File Object. General features of the quiz are:

•choices are automatically marked

•overall results are displayed at the end

•1 point allocated for each correct answer

•80% or more of total points is a total pass

•answers reviewed at end

The quiz can be displayed on an electronic whiteboard as a class activity or it could be uploaded online for individual use such as in a wiki or blog. It is also possible to print the text and questions.

This resource builds on the Housing Vocabulary 1 Quiz.

Get my quiz at teacherspayteachers



Interactive articles for writing prompts

Save this article, Mapping out the clues to a better future with a little help from the past, from SMH app and use it tomorrow in class. Show learners these fantastic images or have them view it on their own device. Images show how Sydney has changed by swiping across and they could be used as prompts for writing about:

  • How Sydney has changed
  • Researching and describing an area
  • Interviewing an older person about their memories of Sydney and writing it up




2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Learning English through iTunesU and Podcasts

Today's English language learners have more mobile resources at hand to learn English on the go anywhere anytime. Are teachers making the most of these resources?

Check out these resources on iTunesU.

Here are some podcasts from iTunes.

Or podcasts using this new tool: audioBoo which you can share and embed very easily.



Learning skills through iTunes U

I can wach free videos and read instructions on how to do something on the iPad or how to do a task on a desktop computer. Check out some of these courses.



Understanding the brain can help with learning design

This infographic shows the relationship between learning and the brain. Could these facts help with the way we design elearning resources?

Let's consider:

  • Chunking information to promote retention
  • Cues between multiple bits of information
  • Visual information that aids learning
  • Creating meaningful information for online learners

What do you think?




How to write eLearning content

This post from timesladeblog I’m referring to here has some great tips on writing styles for elearning resources.

“As eLearning professionals, our narration has to accomplish so many different tasks. Not only does it need to inform the learner of the topic, best practices or procedures; it also needs to engage and motivate the learner. This can be a challenging balancing act for any eLearning designer to accomplish.”


  • formal vs informal style
  • differences between transition statements and instructional statements
  • procedural text enhanced by visuals
  • how you write scenarios and the use of video scripts

Continue reading at this link writing styles for elearning narration


10 Questions Quick Quiz on Housing Vocabulary

In my last post, I wrote about the different types of quiz makers I’ve used. I created a short quiz on housing vocabulary to supplement the captivate quiz I had created or you can use it on its’ own.

Acrobat housing quiz 2

An example of a quiz I created using Adobe Acrobat Pro can be found at the sites below. I’ve included 3 file types.

  • the Housing Vocabulary 10 questions interactive quiz
  • the Adobe Acrobat quiz template should you want to create your own
  • the Quiz template as a Word document


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Which quiz maker to use?

How can I develop a comprehensive enough knowledge to quickly make the best choice in which quiz makers to use?

Of course, I really like Captivate but it can be time consuming. It’s a high end tool with lots of interactive features so it’s good for adding audio/video content.You need to learn the best way to import it onto a site.

I really like LOCO  (Learning Object Composor)which I mainly use for work projects. Its’ simple layout makes it easy to use for time poor teachers but importing it into sites takes some knowledge and skill too. For example, you need to import the xml file into a Moodle site. You can download and try it from https://bitbucket.org/ehub/loco/downloads

I’ve used both Pro.Profs and Classmarker which are very easy to use as you use the template already there to create the quiz and you can embed it on a site. However, they are usually public quizzes and you don’t have as much control with navigation etc.

Recently I’ve been creating quizzes using Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. The trickiest part is linking the answers to the questions. It’s easily uploaded into any site as an interactive PDF. There’s no link or xml file to import so you have more control and more time to do other quizzes.

If I’m creating a survey that doesn’t require correct/incorrect answers, then SurveyMonkey usually suffices.

So the factors I need to ask myself for choosing a quiz maker are:

  • Is it time consuming to create?
  • Can I create a template to save time?
  • Can the template be easily changed if I need to?
  • Does it require a lot of technical skill?
  • Can I link it or embed it in a Moodle, blog or wiki or other site?
  • Am I creating a knowledge based quiz, a survey, a tutorial or self-assessment?
  • Can I integrate a knowledge based quiz with a tutorial?
  • Can I easily integrate teacher feedback?
  • How easy is it to set the marking?
  • Do I need to add audio and/or video content? How easy is it to do this?
  • Do I need to add links? Will the links break?

Sometimes the least technically complicated tool is the best one for busy teachers. Which quiz makers do your prefer?


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