The infinite amount of information available on the Internet can get to be overwhelming because everybody has so much to say about everything, and we have so little time to read it. This, I’m afraid, will continue to happen since every second millions of people are checking or adding something to the web. This last thing has became a great advantage for Internet users due to the now available variety of applications that allow them to exchange all sorts of multimedia such as images, videos, audio, text, etc. No matter your profession or your interests you can benefit from all these tools, the Web 2.0 tools, without feeling frustrated in case you’ve just started to use them because they have been designed to be friendly, easy to use. The teaching and learning field is a wonderful example of how Internet can help us keep an active classroom without having to spend much time. There is an unimaginable amount of pages that provide you with video clips that can either give you tips on how to plan a class or be shown to students in order to involve them in all sorts of fun activities that can help learning grammar and vocabulary, or exercising their listening and their speaking abilities. There are pages students can go to in order to practice through simple quizzes or funnier activities such as crossword puzzles. Besides helping teachers save valuable time, Web 2.0 tools can help them share ideas about teaching in order to expand their horizons (just like us, right now!). In some cases, they can also help to stay in touch with the students, so that time and space mean no barrier for learning and communicating.
Finally, another great advantage of these kinds of tools: you can find something useful no matter your age or your English level! The next link is a great example of how to get both the information and the practice exercises from a single site, in this case we are shown different idiomatic expressions that include an example of how to use them and how to pronounce them: http://www.englishpond.com/vocabulary/idioms/idiomsA/ This is useful for advanced students, since beginners find this harder to understand (specially children). Now let’s see an example of a video we could use to help our youngest learners get what a pronoun is:
We must not be afraid of trying new stuff, especially if it can help us become better teachers, and if it can help our students learn better and enjoying it.