How to Use to Enhance your PLN is a twitter app that allows you to aggregate your twitter followers into an e-newspaper. The possibilities are endless. I noticed that besides compiling your twitter feed, it also will siphon your facebook feed . . . that is, if you want it to! “Feed” in this context refers to your followers or friends comments, articles, photos, and links. could be the next best thing for social networking for learning communities. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project!

Watch my video demonstration on how to use to set up your own personal learning network (PLN):

I invite you to subscribe to my e-newspaper, The Online Educator, to become part of my PLN. I follow the EFL/ESL and tech leaders from around the world. Since this paper publishes daily, it forces me to read about the latest technology tools and how they might be integrated into the classroom. For instance, I’m following the tweets of the Presidents of TESOL France and Chile, as well as IATEFL. I’m learning so much from my online peers. I hope you can, too! Here’s the link:

Your Blogger,

Sandra Annette Rogers

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QR Codes – What are they and how can I use them in my classroom? | The Spectronics Blog

QR Codes – What are they and how can I use them in my classroom? | The Spectronics Blog.

This article was written by Greg O’connor of Spectronics Blog on June 13, 2011.  It describes great ways to use the QR codes and provides useful links.

Happy reading!


Please provide feedback on my critical reading course

Dear Teachers,

This summer, I’ll be teaching a group of pre-med students how to speed read and improve their comprehension. The students consist of native English speakers who are part of a summer enhancement program called DREAM. We’ll spend 4 hours a week on the subject, so I have time to integrate technology. I created a wiki with the online content since we don’t have a textbook. We’ll be using the computerized program for covering topics such as reading rate and critical thinking. Here’s a link to the wiki:

I’m requiring two projects, one group and one individual. The group project will post to the wiki. The students’ individual project is to create electronic flashcard decks on Here’s a sample deck I created: Additionally, I made a demonstration video on Camtasia Relay:

I’d love to hear your feedback. I’ve set my personal deadline as June 1st. Send me a tweet or email with your comments, or leave a message below.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Sandra Rogers

The Online Educator

A Personal Learning Network for Online Language Educators

Dear Readers,

My new e-newspaper is out today! I finally figured how to capture all the articles from my twitter list on Let me know if you’d like to be included, and I’ll include you in The Online Educator twitter list. I kept trying to create a particular hashtag to focus on online learning such as #online learning, #ESL, #EFL, #TESOL, or #EVO but wasn’t successful in obtaining a full-fledged newspaper until now. Basically, I left the topic for the newspaper blank in the creation process. Since most of the educators I follow generally post professional tweets about integrating technology, I decided to trust their content.

Anyhow, here’s the link to The Online Educator:  The Online Educator eNewsletter will post daily content! It’s a great way for me to keep up with my peers’ articles, as oftentimes I don’t read all their tweets. You can view a previous how-to video about by Benoit Curdy on my blog.

I was so impressed with the outcome that I created another one for my nonprofit, BrokeButNotForLong, Inc.  It’s  called the Employment Social Network! It came out today, but I had a few unrelated articles. Therefore, I culled the list and “unfollowed” anyone who doesn’t specifically match our mission.

The use of these e-newspapers are endless. I noticed that beside aggregating your twitter feed, now also will aggregate your facebook feed! “Feed” in this context refers to your followers or friends comments, articles, photos, and links. could be the next best thing for social networking for communities in need. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project!

Best Wishes,

Sandra Rogers

Use Voki to bring someone else’s voice to your grammar lesson

In preparation for an advanced ESL grammar lesson, I wanted to integrate technology in a simple way. Usually the teacher is the one giving the examples. I had used before to give a one-liner to visitors to my wiki. It dawned on me that I could use several Vokis to deliver one-liner grammar examples. I believe if you want the Vokis to say a speech, you have to pay for an upgrade. Otherwise, the service is free.

The lesson was on unreal conditionals, the “if I were president, I would…” I decided to make each Voki speak a different example, including some likely conditional statements. Additionally, I found that you can have a Voki speak with different English regional dialects—American, British, Australian, Scottish, et cetera. Since students often study abroad, I think they should learn a variety of English dialects.

Here’s the link to my grammar lesson with the Vokis on my personal learning environment (PLN):

To create your own Voki, visit their Web site:

Sandra Rogers

PANEL: EVO Session – Virtual Round Table Conference

I participated on this panel as part of the Electronic Village Online (EVO).  I talked about moderating an EVO session in 2010, Internet4YoungLearners.  EVO is an annual TESOL professional development session hosted by the Computer-assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS).

PANEL: EVO Session – Virtual Round Table Conference

Sandra Rogers

Adapative Technology Tools

Are you familiar with adaptive technology? Do you have students with physical disabilities? Here’s a list of adaptive tech tools and resources for you to use:

1. Section 508 Checklist:
Standards for Website content to meet the needs of persons with disabilities based on the U.S. Rehabilitation Act.

2. iSpeech:
Converts text-to-speech (TTS) or speech-to-text (STT) for free. You can control the speed of the voice delivery. It catalogs the number of recordings in its library.

3. US Government:
Provides webinars and updates on the latest technology available or the lack thereof in various situations.

4. Boston College & Boston University:
Assists individuals with limited movement to use their head to direct the mouse cursor. FREE!

5. The Principles of Universal Design (UD), North Carolina State University:  Universal Design poster
These principles will help you create activities and an environment accessible for all learners.

6. Internet Explorer (IE): IE is generally the browser that’s widely used by persons with disabilities because it offers special features to meet their needs.

7. Microsoft Windows: See Accessibility Tools

8. YouTube Channel: They offer an auto-caption feature that can benefits not only deaf users, but also people who watch videos in really noisy places, like airport terminals. The tool will be able to translate captions into your choice of 50 languages. For now, however, auto-captioning works only with videos in English.

9. Apple claims to create its products with accessibility in mind as standard features

10. Captioning Key is funded by the National Association of the Deaf and The Described and Captioned and Media Program. It provides a PDF document on specific quality assurance guidelines for closed-captioning.

Additionally, check out the most thought-provoking videos that I’ve ever seen on rethinking the concept and words associated with persons with disabilities called “Opportunity of Adversity” by Aimee Mullins.

Please share your resources for adaptive technology with me, and I’ll post them on this blog and my PLE.

Sandra Rogers