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  • 1. Andrea Buroni ICT Applied to English Teaching- 2010 Unit 4 Assignment N° 4: Web 2.0 Applied to English Teaching Due date: Week 14 (November 10th 2010) I created a wiki in which I published the different parts of this assignment (samples and ELT activities included). The link of my wiki is: http://ict-in-english- teaching.wikispaces.com I have also chosen seven Web 2.0 tools and created an account in each of them. Here you have the samples.
  • 2. Animoto.com Edu.glogster.com Goanimate.com
  • 3. Slide.com Voki.com
  • 4. Pim.pam.pum.net Xtranormal.com
  • 5. I have chosen the following 4 websites for my students to work on: Xtranormal Xtranormal.com appears to offer 3D animation software that you can either download onto your computer or use the online version. In order to use the web application you have to register and be over 13 years old. It is very easy to apply and anybody can cope with it. Why should we use this tool in teaching ESL or EFL? I believe that this software can really motivate your students. They can produce their own short movies and afterwards, send them to friends or/and schoolmates by email among others. This tool can be used with individual students or with groups. You can also use this application as a new technique to recycle vocabulary and some grammar structures.
  • 6. It can be a fun tool to practice functional language for presentations, testimonals, giving the news, etc. Apart from typing the monologue or dialogue, students need to choose a scene in which the story will take place, suitable ambient noise, background music, expressions for their actors and camera movements, etc. I also feel that this application will help learners to become aware of the role body language and sounds play in ordinary conversations. Voki.com Voki is an application that allows you to produce personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. You have to choose an avatar from a list that is provided by Voki and you can add your own voice to the character or type a speech and a “mechanical” voice will read it. You can also select from a list of different backgrounds the one you like the most and place your avatar in it. Why should we use this tool in teaching ESL or EFL? First of all, I think students will love this kind of activities in which they can put their voices to their characters and make them speak. I believe that it would be interesting to write a short speech, especially if you are working with young learners, where they can use and recycle some of the grammatical points and vocabulary items they have covered during a period of time. It is very easy to handle and learners will have a great fun with it. Slide.com “Slide.com website, is a Web 2.0 company […] originally formed to make photo sharing software for social networking services such as MySpace, the company achieved its greatest success as the largest developer of third-party applications for Facebook. The company was acquired by Google on August 4, 2010.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slide.com) Slide allows you to organize and classify photos on your computer and post them to personal wikis or blogs. Why should we use this tool in teaching ESL or EFL? I believe that learners can take full advantage of this application! They will find it highly motivating and easy to handle.
  • 7. Students can invent a photo story, take pictures of each of the main scenes and upload them to slide.com. Once this web 2.0 organises the presentation, each group can show it to rest of the class and ask them to jot down the story or to retell it orally. Eduglogster.com “Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. We empower educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS - online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, etc.” (http://edu.glogster.com/what-is-glogster- edu/) This application is quite easy to use and I believe that students will have good fun with it! Why should we use this tool in teaching ESL or EFL? Students can create online multimedia posters using this Web 2.0 as a follow-up activity, I mean, after being working on a topic, learners can summarize it in a poster! How? By including pictures, sounds, graphics, a short text, drawings and more! Lesson plans Plan #1- Xtranormal Level: intermediate Group dynamic: small groups (no more than 3 students) Timetable: 3 periods per week Students will create a dialogue between two or three people using the following functions: Would you like…? What about…? How about…? I’d like… I prefer… The aim of this activity is to recycle some functions related to suggestions and offerings. Once students have written the dialogue in their notebooks, they will transfer them onto the computer using the Xtranormal application. Teacher will explain to learners how to use this tool and learners will have to choose characters, scenes, movements, face expressions, sounds and obviously they will add the dialogues they have created previously. When all the groups finish, they will exchange presentations so everybody enjoys everybody’s work.
  • 8. Plan #2 - Voki Level: beginners Group dynamic: individual Timetable: 3 periods a week Students will be asked to create their avatars to whom they will provide with their own voices and speeches. The task will be designed to be achieved by fourth graders so probably the topic they are going to deal with is introduce yourself, but as if you were somebody else. Learners will have to make their avatar say its name, its age, what it likes and dislikes doing and what it can and can’t do. Plan #3 - Slide Level: pre-intermediate Group dynamic: in pairs Timetable: 3 periods per week. Students will be asked to invent a photo story, take pictures of each of the main scenes (they will have to include between 7 to 10 pictures) and upload them to slide.com. Once this web 2.0 organises the presentation, each group will show it to rest of the class and ask them to jot down the story or to retell it orally. Afterwards, the group which creates the phone story will read it aloud and the whole class will check if this coincides with the stories they have told before. The aim of this activity is to revise past tenses (Simple Past and Past Continuous) Plan #4 – Edu-Glogster Level: elementary Group dynamic: in pairs Timetable: 3 periods per week Students will be asked to work on the Webquest page we created on “Stay Healthy and fit”: http://www.zunal.com/webquest.php?w=71285 The second task on the webquest has to do with the development of a brochure for parents with tips about helping their children stay healthy. In this case I will ask my students to create a different follow-up activity instead of a brochure, they will create a poster. Once, they have designed a draft of the poster they will have to
  • 9. produce an online one using edu-glogster application. They will have to include pictures and some important tips to stay healthy, of course. Apart from recycling food items, students will review imperative form of verbs in the affirmative and negative form.
  • 10. produce an online one using edu-glogster application. They will have to include pictures and some important tips to stay healthy, of course. Apart from recycling food items, students will review imperative form of verbs in the affirmative and negative form.

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