My Favorite Online Activities with WordWall, Baamboozle, and Quizlet

My favorite websites for creating online live activities with adults and kids are Wordwall, Baamboozle, and Quizlet. All of them have paid and free versions, and I have used both. I’ll share some of the activities I’ve created, and ideas of how you can do similar things with your online classes. See you soon!

Ask Us Anything: VideoConferencing+

Five of OTJ’s experts (, , , , and ) will gather with the audience to field questions on technical issues that they can answer out of their wealth of knowledge and experience. 

Cruz: ZOOM, Audio/Video setups.
Gildart: Adobe Spark, Google applications
Jenkins: Moodle, Server administration, Open source tools (BigBlueButton, Jitsi, WordPress)
Kawakami: MSTeams, Flipgrid, Adobe Spark Video, Edmodo
McGuire: Google Applications, Peardeck, Quizlet,

Turn Your Teaching into an Online Product

How can you turn what you teach into online (alternate) income? First, let’s start with three basic questions: 1. Is there a need for what you are creating? 2. How can you find out if it’s going to work (will it sell)? 3. Who can help you (as you develop your idea/project)?

This session will help you answer these questions so you can turn your teaching content (in class or on Zoom) into a successful online learning product. And, we’ll go over some basic business steps you can apply as you develop your online learning idea.

If you think your (online or in-class) teaching content/approach could work for other users online. Or, if you’re wondering, “this works great! I wonder who else could use it?”, join the session & find out how to put your idea to work online.

Evolving Toolsets: From RATT To ETT

When we teach, we use many tools to achieve our educational goals. When Covid hit, many of the tools we typically use (like the F2F classroom, or classmates around a table) became unavailable. Our toolsets were reduced or altered, and we had to engage in Reduced/Altered Toolset Teaching (RATT). The light at the end of this tunnel is that most, if not all, of us have acquired new tools over the past 18 months or so, so that as we return to a more normal world, we can perhaps begin Enhanced Toolset Teaching (ETT). In this session, let’s reflect upon what happened when our toolsets were reduced and how we can enhance our educational practices for the future.

This session will use Padlet. The link to the Padlet will appear right below this text.

Promoting Learning in the Language Classroom

This presentation provides a review of some language learning theories, practices, and activities that promote learning in the language classroom. It will present ideas about the ‘learning cake’ paradigm of M.L.C. Vilches.

Neurodiversity Update

In August 2020, I talked about how to help unlock the potential of students who might be struggling in mainstream language classrooms. Many people shared ideas & asked questions about Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Colour Vision and Autism.

This year’s session is to:
– talk about what you’ve been trying;
– what’s worked & what needs rethinking
– how the learning environment, resources and data is changing: and
– share perspectives from people new to this area.

I’ll demonstrate how to apply some of the techniques I’ve been using and there will be some hands on activities.
I look forward to talking with you. Please have phones and tablets ready!

Thank you for coming. Here is a link of resources.

Hyperdocuments for Conducting English Lessons

English textbooks limit what English teachers are truly capable of teaching. The author proposes more emphasis be given to creating their own content from different sources. Once accomplished, the most effective way to organize and distribute this content is by sharing a Google Document with links and content. This “Hyperdoc” becomes the central piece of an engaging, inspirational, and educational class.

Presentation Slides

Independent Publication – A How To Guide

Open forum. A basic outline of how to publish a textbook independently. I can field specific questions from audience members, but if there are not so many questions, then I can guide participants through the entire process, from initial concept to finished product. The long journey of producing a textbook can be analogous to a pipeline. The pipeline has many joints and connections along the way: desktop publishing software, audio, web pages, trial runs, printers, ISBN, storage, marketing, distributors, book stores, and customers. At any one juncture, the process can be stopped completely or can be diverted as necessary. Please bring your questions and insights to this open forum. Experienced authors and people new to the field are all welcome. Let’s help each other bring the best content to our students.

Here is a link to my website which has many of the resources I’ll be talking about: