Web 2.0 for EFL

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Web 2.0 for EFL

  1. 1. Web 2.0 August 12, 2011
  2. 2. Web 2.0: Why?• Traditional use of computers and internet:• Type a text• Send an e-mail• Fill in the blank webpages
  3. 3. Web 2.0: Why?• Variety• Engagement• Creativity• Real language use• Self study
  4. 4. Web 2.0: Where to start?• Easy to use, free tools:• Writeboard • Wordle• Google Wave • Radio Show (Spreaker)• ABLA Online Blogs • Prezi• Wikispaces• Voki
  5. 5. WriteboardWriteboard: www.writeboard.comThis free website can be used by teachers and their students tocreate texts or projects. How does it work?The teacher creates the writeboard and invites students.Students visit the writeboard at any time (at home or in class) andreads the material and responds to it in writing within thewriteboard.This can be used for group journals or for class newspapers orother types of collaborative writing assignments such as groupstories, projects, additional readings with student comments, groupbrainstorming for writing or projects, etc.www.writeboard.com
  6. 6. Writeboard http://123.writeboard.com/4mokctgl9pv1nsyz Password: Colombo2011This writeboard has information about Web 2.0 resources
  7. 7. Google WaveGoogle Wave: wave.google.comGoogle Wave is a version of Gmail, but with a lot more versatility. Itrequires that everyone involved have a gmail account in order tobe “linked” together through this on-line application.It can be used to have live discussions (chats), create documents,or brainstorming.Here are some resources that explain how to use Google Wave:Videos: youtube.com/googlewavePowerpoint presentation: www.slideshare.net/bartschhttps://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=wave&passive=1209600&continue=https://wave.google.c om/wave/&followup=https://wave.google.com/wave/&ltmpl=tempopensignups2
  8. 8. ABLA OnlineABLA Online: www.ablaonline.orgABLA Online offers:CoursesBlogsChatwww.ablaonline.org
  9. 9. WikispacesWikispaces: www.wikispaces.comUse this webpage to create your own wikis.Students can use these to collaborate on projectsand share information with classmates.For the free versions, look for Wikis for K-12 (forchildren) and Wikis for Higher Education (foradults). Both versions are free.http://www.wikispaces.com/
  10. 10. Voki – Make your own avatarVoki: www.voki.comFor your blog or wiki or even writeboard, you andyour students can add an avatar to add anadditional spoken dimension to the written work.http://www.voki.com/
  11. 11. WordleWordle: www.wordle.netWordle is a tool that generates word clouds from anytext. Students can use this to see the development of thecomplexity of their written texts.For beginning students, teachers can use this tool as analternative to the scrambled sentence activity, andstudents can create their own sentences and scramblethem with wordle to share with others.www.wordle.net
  12. 12. Radio ShowSpreaker: http://www.spreaker.com/As a class project, students can create their own online radio showthat can be shared with others.Students can create an account with Spreaker or can log on withFacebook.http://www.spreaker.com/
  13. 13. Presentationshttp://prezi.comThis webpage allows students to create appealing presentationsonline.
  14. 14. Google BooksGoogle Books: http://books.google.comMany classic texts and children’s stories are available on linethrough Google Books. Teachers can bring them to class with theSmartBoard and read them with students (for picture books), orstudents can read books outside of class or individually at theirstations.Free online e-books can also be found at:http://www.readcentral.com/http://books.google.com/books
  15. 15. PodcastsPodcasts:Free listening materials available through different on-line sources.http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/http://www.podcast.com/http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/taehttp://www.eltpodcast.com/http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/podcast.htmlhttp://www.voanews.com/english/podcasts/http://www.podomatic.com/login (students can make their ownpodcasts)http://www.chirbit.com/ (online recording to make podcasts)
  16. 16. Other resourceshttp://enterthegroup.com/For group projects: http://www.symbyoz.com/ – True friends dothings together. You can create a project for students to work ontogether, each person giving different suggestions and additions tothe central topic. Need facebook account to access Symbyoz.Free educational software and games: http://www.educational-freeware.com/Picturing America – language and culture:http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/index.php?sec=home
  17. 17. Other resourcesBravenet Free Web Tools: http://www.bravenet.com/webtools/Bravenet offers many free tools that EFL teachers can use, forexample private chat rooms, blogs, vote caster, etc.Google Blogger http://blogger.google.comStudents can create their own blogs to discuss topics in Englishthrough this Google webpage.An alternative blogging site is: http://www.tumblr.com
  18. 18. Evaluating students• Before starting any activity using these types of tools, theteacher needs to have a clear idea of how to evaluate studentparticipation and work.• Completion• Content• Presentation method• Clarity• Teachers should NOT be looking at grammatical problems,unless they interfere with the communicative purpose of the work.• It is also possible to use peer feedback and self-evaluation
  19. 19. To learn moreVisit Classroom2.0 (http://www.classroom20.com/) to join otherteachers in an exploration of teaching and learning using Web 2.0tools. This webpage is for all educators, mostly primary andsecondary in the US, but there are discussions, ideas, blogs andforums which give information about how these tools can be usedin the classroom.If you want to set up your students with pen pals (key pals), youcan post a message on this website (check out the BeginnerGroup). Teachers in the US will be able to respond to your request!

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