A recent ELT Chat on using corpora suggested that what might be helpful for teachers coming to online corpora (such as COCA- the Corpus of Contemporary American English) for the first time would be some kind of screencast, demonstrating some of the more useful functions. Since I’ve just been doing a unit on using corpora with my MA class, I put together, not a screencast, but a PowerPoint with voiceover, using the wonderfully simple Present.me software that Russell Stannard introduced me to.
Note: As wonderful as Present.me is, it can’t yet be embedded into a WordPress page, but if you click on the screenshot below, it will take you straight to the Present.Me site, where the presentation should open when you click on the Play icon. In case it doesn’t, here’s the link: https://present.me/view/65217-c-is-for-corpus
Another note: Mac users might want to use Firefox rather than Safari.
Yet another note: it ends rather abruptly – a result of clicking forward on the last slide without realising it was the last!