I want to share an absolutely fantastic tool for online use: Realtimeboard.com
As I already told, now I teach online, using Skype. When I was preparing for my first online lesson, I was feeling very uneasy – first of all, because I needed some shared space, something that both me and my student will be able to see and use. Something similar to a whiteboard (or, let’s be honest, just an A4 for most of the one-to-one classes) to jot down all the new words, ideas, great language usage and mistakes to correct, and even some drawings (always awful, in my case). Initially, I was going to try sharing my screen in Skype. And then I came across a great resource. I am not sure that ELT usage was the creators’ first priority, and I can see very well how such a board can be used for some virtual teams, but for me this seems a perfect tool.
You can upload there almost anything you want: video files, pdf files (I even uploaded an electronic version of InCompany, and both my student and I could turn the pages just there, on the board!), pictures. You can make notes and put some post-its on it! And what’s more, you (and students) can move them all around, zoom in and zoom out, change colours and fonts! I am quite sure I haven’t expolred all the board’s possibilities yet…
Here are some of my latest screenshots:
I used Post-its to train some socialising vocabulary, the student had to match the beginnings with the endings
Here I used a tagxedo.com image to revise those socialising phrases, and made a gapfill. on the right you can the see the InCompany
this is from our first lesson, post-its where we put some of our objectives for the course. A kind of “learning contract”
Aanother lesson: InCompany, some revision, a story with mistakes to revisit vocabulary, and some grammar cutouts from different books.