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    Digital Tools for Teaching in the 21st Century Digital Tools for Teaching in the 21st Century Presentation Transcript

    • Digital Tools for Teaching in the 21st Century Federico Espinosa AKCENT Conference May 17th, 2014
    • The Plan  A little pair work  A little background  Far too much information at once  Ideas & Examples  Tips  A digital handout
    • How “techy” are you?  Level 1 – I can use email and Facebook, sometimes even Skype  Level 2 – I can handle a smartphone, take screenshots and convert files to PDF  Level 3 – I know what RSS feeds are, I can sync files across devices.  Level 4 + - I know why servers exist, and can probably write basic computer code.
    • What is Blended Learning? Face to Face Instruction Online/Distance Instruction
    • How Does Blended Learning Work? Classroom Instruction •Comprehension Checks •Interactive Practice •Role Plays Online Work •Focus on Form Individual Practice •Self-Paced Social Media •Collaboration •“Safe Space” •Public Record Results •Learner Autonomy •Confidence Building •Effective Use of Class Time
    • What Tools to Use? That depends, what do you want to do?
    • Learning Management Systems  Blackboard  Moodle  WebCT  Desire2Learn  Success Factors
    • Virtual Classrooms  Adobe Connect  WizIQ  Cisco WebEx  Microsoft Office Live Meeting
    • Internet Voice Chat Platforms  Skype  Google Hangouts  ooVoo  Facetime
    • Blogs  Blogger  WordPress  Edublogs  TypePad
    • Wikis  Wikispaces  Wikispaces Classroom  PBWorks  OLP
    • Audio Recording  Audacity  Vocaroo  Voxopop  YouTube
    • Special Online Dictionaries  UrbanDictionary  Howjsay  Phrasal Verb Dictionary
    • Corpora  British National Corpus  Corpus of Contemporary American English  Lextutor Concordance
    • Storytelling  Storybird  Google Stories (YouTube Channel)  Animoto  Comic Life
    • Media Sources  YouTube  News Sites  ELT Pics  TED Talks  Podcasts  Video Downloaders* * - Copyright laws are tricky, use your best judgment
    • “The Cloud”  Dropbox  Google Drive  SkyDrive  iCloud
    • Activity Writing  Hot Potatoes  NetQuiz Pro  Puzzlemaker  Quia  SurveyMonkey  Google Drive
    • Vocabulary Tools  Quizlet  Merriam-Webster Word of the Day  Phrase Mix
    • Screencasting  Jing  Screencast-o-Matic  Copernicus  AVI Screen
    • Online Activity Sources  English Grammar 4U  BBC Learning English  VOA  UsingEnglish  A4esl
    • Apps  Macmillan Sounds  Headway Phrase a Day  StoryCubes  Word Games  Socrative  So many more…
    • Organizational Tools  QR Code Generators  URL Shorteners  goo.gl  Tinyurl.com  Doodle Scheduling
    • Social Media  Facebook  Google +  Twitter  Instagram  Padlet (Wallwisher)  Scoop.it
    • Tutorials and Instructions  About.com  TeacherTrainingVideos. com  YouTube  EdTechTeacher
    • Overwhelming? Don’t worry, it’s not all or nothing (and it’s all in the handout)
    • You Can Pick and Choose Use and adapt the tools to your teaching scenario.
    • Scenario #1 – Blogs as Course Websites
    • The Advantages
    • Cost  Blogs are free  Plenty of Space  5 GB on Blogger  32 GB on Edublogs  Many blogs possible on one account
    • Statistics  Track views  By date  Per post  Know generally how active students are
    • Interaction  Student questions in comments  Replies go to their email  Comments are visible to others (if you want)
    • Organization  Automatic Date Sorting  Labels for Topic Sorting  “Featured posts” and “Pages” to highlight material
    • Mobility  Create posts from phone apps  Easy for students to view and comment  Great for longer commutes
    • Flexible Privacy Options  Public, Member, or Invite Only  Priorities  Student/Content Privacy  Easy availability
    • Trick/Tip #1 – Explore The Basic Blog Options  Create a (Test) Blog  Browse Add-ons and Settings  Play around, explore others’ blogs  Find a format and layout that fit your needs
    • Exploit Sidebars/Gadgets  Word of the day  Phrase Lessons  Grammar Points  Dictionary
    • Trick/Tip #2 – Multiple Authors for Collaboration  Multiple accounts can author a single blog  Ideal for team-taught courses  Fun way to get students involved  Projects/Homework could be done this way
    • Tip/Trick #3 – Embedding Original Interactive Activities
    • What is NetQuiz Pro?  Freeware developed by the Centre collégial de développement de matériel didactique (CCDMD) in Quebec  Let’s look at the student interface…
    • Writing a New Activity
    • Choose a Question Type
    • Edit Question Settings
    • Write Your Question
    • Add Media By Clicking Icons
    • Preview, Then Drag Qs to Quiz
    • Produce HTML Coded Web Quiz with Two Clicks
    • Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as a Host Server
    • Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as a Host Server
    • Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as a Host Server
    • Now You Can Publish Them on Your Blog!
    • Scenario #2 – “The Cloud” and VoIP for Distance Lessons
    • What Does Dropbox Do?  Keep your files online  Safe  Accessible  Share folders with others  Create public files
    • Change a File Somewhere, and All Versions Get Updated Older versions are saved for 30 days for free (just in case)
    • Tip: Exploit Shared Folders with Private Students
    • Files Update Automatically for Everyone
    • Great for Editing Written Work
    • Great for Editing Written Work
    • What About VoIP (Skype)? We all know it’s great for distance speaking lessons
    • Skype Screen Share for Creative/Interactive Lessons
    • Scenario #3 – Blended Task- Based Projects
    • Student Collaboration on an Online Project  Create a new business  Film a movie trailer  Design a restaurant website  Organize a package tour  Conduct a research study
    • Project Structure In-Class  Ss pick groups and topics  Intro to tools (lab)  Checkpoints throughout course  Final presentations Out-of-Class  Ss divide duties  Use the tools to collaborate as needed  Prepare the final product  Prepare presentation
    • The Result  Ss free to explore their interests  Skill development through autonomy  Ss practice online collaboration  Mostly out of class
    • Some Final Tips  Play around and try things out  Find others and share ideas  When in doubt, Google/YouTube have the answer  Remember Murphy, have a “Plan B”
    • Thank You!  The handout for this presentation is available via Google Drive here: TinyURL.com/TechyTeacherTools  Or here  It is a work in progress – please add your experience and knowledge. It is publicly editable.