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9-Instructional Tools

(1) Audio Resources

Numerous educational videos, sound clips, and animations are available on the Internet. Teachers should be able to find appropriate multimedia resources, and link to or download such files.

  • Identify an audio resource appropriate to teaching your subject (music, speech, animal sound, poem, newscast, etc.). Download the file and embed it in your portfolio, or provide an active link to it. Cite the source and describe how and why you will use it in instruction.

For this project we visited a number of sites where instructors can find audio files relevant to their topic. I have downloaded and embedded the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. This is a great speech to demonstrate some of the prosodic features that are gene specific. In this case a "speech." This could be compared to other genres of speech such as a "conversation" or an "interview." The audio file can be found in the File Cabinet called "Audio Files."  

(2) Video Resources

  • Identify a video or animation appropriate to teaching your subject. Unfortunately, many good educational videos are on commercial sites like Youtube which must be blocked by schools because they may also provide access to inappropriate content. Fortunately, you can download files and use them on a personal computer without being connected to the Internet. Download a video (sample science videos) and embed it in your portfolio, or provide an active link to it. If you provide a link, also include screen captures of key sections of the video or animation. Cite the source and describe how and why you will use it in instruction

Here are some videos that would be useful in an introductory linguistics course.

A Video on Language Documentation

YouTube Video

Codeswitching in One language (Register/Dialect)

YouTube Video


(3) Presentations

Presentation software provides teachers the opportunity to display text and graphics in a slide show fashion. PowerPoint and Keynote are two of the most popular presentation tools. Teachers and professors make extensive use of presentations, but many are concerned about the potentially negative effects such presentations can have on instruction.

  • After reading the articles on the educational use and abuse of presentation software, summarize how presentations should be constructed and delivered to maximize learning and minimize abuse. 
  • Locate and and download one or more PowerPoint presentations relevant to your teaching needs. Include the URL of the location from which you obtained them and summarize the PowerPoint and where in your curriculum you will use it.
  • Make a PowerPoint presentation to teach a lesson in your subject area, keeping in mind the principles you have outlined above and the guidelines provided (see tutorial). Your presentation should include numerous graphics and be at least 10 slides in length. (a) Provide an electronic copy of your presentation (ppt format) on your website.  (b) Embed screen captures of your presentation in the template.  Make sure the content is easy to read.

A successful powerpoint presentation should be a series of slides that contain powerful points and, possibly, multimedia content. The slides should not be loaded with text or cluttered with too many images. They can launch video files or audio files that help the discussion. Powerpoint presentations should never contain all of the information to be presented on every slide, but instead, summarize key points, or ask a rhetorical question, or just let students know where in the material we are. Also attention should be paid to Universal Design, with sharp contrasting text/background, and a reasonably large sized font.

In class I looked for powerpoint presentations online that might be available for use. I found a couple, which I downloaded and then uploaded to google docs for easy access. While they are great, they would only work as a starting point or as a point of comparison. The two files are linked below:

I collaborated in this group project. My contribution was the slide on T-Cells. I have also downloaded the presentation as a ppt file and then uploaded it to my file cabinet. Click here to find the file in my file cabinet.

Cells _Aguilar Copy

I also collaborated in the Class Directory which is also linked below (This one is not posted in the file cabinet):

Aguilar What I teach

(4) Digital Video Editing

  • Develop a practice movie using the files provide. Put this video on a streaming video server and embed in your website. Your movie should include:
    • Imagery: stills (animated with Ken Burns effect) and video.
    • subtitles (for instructional purposes)
    • audio: background music, voice-over narration, and transitions
  • Produce a brief instructional movie using your own footage. Put this video on a streaming video server and embed in your website.

Below is the video I created the class during the lesson on how to edit video: 

YouTube Video

For my video project, I created a video that would serve as supplemental information of my dream course, a seminar type course, on Mesoamerican linguistics. This video would give students some background information on contemporary Mesoamerican culture (not language) alive an well in contemporary Mexico. All of the footage is and photos (except the for the scans of codices which come from educational sites) are mine. I have taken these pictures and videos on my many trips to Mexico. It would be great to expand this video with dances and music from other regions, including Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

YouTube Video


(5) DVD

Develop a lesson using a computer-based DVD-player that includes bookmarks and video clips to access specific scenes.

  • Identify the DVD and explain why you chose this for a lesson.
  • Include a screen capture showing your catalog of bookmarks and video clips.
  • Describe how the scan fast, scan slow, step, mute, bookmark, video clip, and screen size features can be used to enhance your lesson

Insert my content here: 

(6) Concept Maps

  • Provide links to other relevant documents or resources you have developed.

For this project I used Inspiration to work with concept maps. First I practiced with a file that was started for us on energy (pictured below).

Then I created a concept map on the topic of "Language Shift." I connected the various factors that lead to concept shift. The map is pictured below and the file is available in the file cabinet. T
he file is called "Factors in Language Shift.lsf".