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The use of the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has speedily increased during the last 20 years. They have led us to a new global citizenship, a new way of thinking and even a new …

The use of the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has speedily increased during the last 20 years. They have led us to a new global citizenship, a new way of thinking and even a new way of behaving, which have influenced all knowledge fields, including education. As a matter of fact, UNESCO’s ICT Competency Standards for Teachers (2008) recently pointed out that both students and teachers must utilize technology effectively in order to live, learn, and work successfully in an increasingly complex, information-rich and knowledge-based society. Students have new ways to access information and learn; they have naturally developed cognitive skills that make the use of digital technology much easier. Thus, they are called ‘the net generation’ or 'digital natives', people who have grown up with technology, mainly Internet (Prensky, 2001). Consequently, teachers have to develop digital competences to satisfy the demands of that new generation. Making the teaching-learning process more effective, interesting, dynamic, updated and adapted to the new learning times is a must for us. This presentation will offer an overview of digital literacy and a basic training on powerful Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networking, etc) to enhance the ELT teaching practice.

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  • 1. Powerful Web 2.0 tools for the ELT Classroom Best Affiliates’ Presentations TESOL Convention – New Orleans, March 16-19, 2011 Evelyn Izquierdo VenezuelaTESOL (VenTESOL) http://ventesol.ning.com
  • 2. Aim
    • This presentation offers an introduction to Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networking, etc) as a way to empower our ELT practice.
  • 3. Digital literacy in the 21st century
  • 4. Are teachers prepared for 21st century students?
  • 5.
    • According to UNESCO’s ICT Competency Standards for Teachers (2008) to live, learn, and work successfully in an increasingly complex, information-rich and knowledge-based society, students and teachers must utilize technology effectively. Within a sound educational setting, technology can enable students to become:
    • • Capable information technology users
    • • Information seekers, analyzers, and evaluators
    • • Problem solvers and decision makers
    • • Creative and effective users of productivity tools
    • • Communicators, collaborators, publishers, and producers
    • • Informed, responsible, and contributing citizens
    Digital Literacy: Competencies
  • 6.  
  • 7. Web 2.0
    • Web 2.0 facilitates communication, information exchange and collaboration under a dynamic environment where users participate in the design and production of the site.
    • Web 2.0 sites allow the use of multiple artifacts, being able to generate and share information, organize social networks, exchange videos photos, wikis, blogs, podcasts, and folksonomies among other advantages.
  • 8. Some tools for listening and speaking
    • Video calls:
      • Skype
    • Podcasts
    • Webbased recorders:
      • Pod -O- matic
      • Chirbit
      • Voki
      • Spreaker
    • Software: Audacity
    • Voice tools:
      • Voicethread
      • Voxopop
      • Voki
    • Images
    • Videos: YouTube
  • 9. Some audio tools and voice recorders
  • 10. Samples
    • Blogs
    • Podcasts
    • Glogster
    • Digital coursebook
    • Twitter
    • Literature on Webheads in action’s site
  • 11. Some tools for storytelling
    • Images:
      • Flickr
      • Photopeach
      • Fotobabble
      • Glogster : Text, images, music, videos
      • Phrasr
    • Cartoon
      • Voice/video tool: xtranormal
  • 12. Some key tools/resources for reading skills
    • Blogs
    • E-books
    • E-story sites
    • Microblogging
  • 13. Some tools for writing skills
    • Blogs:
      • Blogger
      • Wordpress
      • Posterous
    • Penzu
  • 14. Some tools for collaborative work
    • Wikis
      • Wikispaces
      • Pbworks
      • Wetpaint
    • Google docs
    • Diigo
  • 15. Popular storage, online back up and sharing sites
    • Dropbox
    • Google docs
    • BlipTV
    • Scribd
  • 16. Some bookmarking tools
    • Del.icio.us
    • Diigo
    • Others
  • 17. Virtual worlds Some popular virtual worlds are: Second Life , OpenSim , Sun Microsystems MPK20 , World of Warcraft , Eve Online , Club Penguin , WhyVille , Gaia , WebKinz , Neopets , HabboHotel , There , Kaneva , Stardoll , PixieHollow , and Virtual MTV , among others. The most famous of all is Second Life . Second Life is an online, totally free, 3D virtual world that offers its users opportunities to create, interact, having fun and learn through an avatar. It is a net of networks that allows users to organize in groups and communities of practice.
  • 18. Popular social networks
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Ning
    • StumbleUpon
    • Digg (also social bookmarking)
    • Groups: Yahoo, MSM, Google
  • 19. Other popular tools
      • Social networks: MySpace , Sonico , Hi5 , Tagged , Orkut , Bebo
      • Sites to storage and share audio, create podcasts, leave audio messages or make phone calls: Podbean , Skype , etc.
      • Photos: Flickr , Bubbleshare , Picassa , Photobucket etc.
      • Videos: You Tube , TeacherTube , Bliptv , Metacafe , etc.
      • Blogs (blogs): Blogger , Wordpress , etc.
      • Microblogging: Twitter , Crowdstatus , etc.
      • Wikis: Wikipedia , Wikieducator , Wetpaint , Wikispaces
      • Doc and PPT storage sites: Thinkfree , Box.net , Google docs , Slideshare , Dropbox
      • Learning environments, platforms or virtual rooms: Learning Times , Tapped in , Elluminate , WiZiQ , Moodle
      • Virtual worlds: Second Life and others already mentioned; and
      • Board markers: Wallwisher , etc
  • 20. Further resources
    • American Association for Higher Education (October, 1999) and the Council of Independent Colleges (February, 2004). Information Literacy Competency Standards of Higher Education. [Online] Available at: http:// www.ala.org /ala/ mgrps / divs / acrl /standards/ standards.pdf Retrieved April 15, 2009.
    • Downes, S. (2007) What connectivism is . [En línea] Blog: Half an hour. [Online] Available at : http:// halfanhour.blogspot.com /2007/02/ what - connectivism - is.html Retrieved November 23, 2008
    • Educational Testing Service, International ICT Literacy Panel (2002). Digital transformation: A framework for ICT literacy (A report of the International ICT Literacy Panel). Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service. [Online] Disponible en: http:// www.ets.org /Media/ Research / pdf / ictreport.pdf Retrieved March 18, 2009
    • Izquierdo, E. y Verschoor, J. (2009). Social Bookmarks . Integrating Technology for Instruction and Learning. [Online] Available at: http:// www.slideshare.net / EvelynIzquierdo /social- bookmarking -1293488 Retrieved April 3, 2009
    • UNESCO (2008, en Eduteka). ICT Competency Standards for Teachers[Online, Eduteka Website] Available at http:// www.eduteka.org/EstandaresDocentesUnesco.php Retrieved January 18, 2009
  • 21. Useful Web sites
    • http:// avealmec.org.ve /
    • http://evelynizquierdo.wordpress.com
    • http://www.go2web20.net/
    • http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/
    • http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/
    • http://podcastingevo2011activities.blogspot.com/
    • http://sitesforteachers.com/
    • http://web2storytelling.wikispaces.com/
    • http://www.toolsforeducators.com/
    • http://www.webheadsinaction.org
  • 22. Thank you!
    • Evelyn Izquierdo MS in EFL, ESP teacher at Universidad Central de Venezuela , e-tutor, Web 2.0 trainer, current president of Avealmec (Venezuela CALL association), Webhead , e- moderator of several social networks and VenTESOL ’Communications Coordinator.
    • Contact information:
    • Universidad Central de Venezuela
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Skype: evelyn.izquierdo
    • Twitter: @eveweb
    • Second Life: Evelyn Michalski
    • http://evelynizquierdo.wordpress.com/