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2011 TESOL Seminar 3. Engaging ESL students with blogs, podcasts and mobile devices


2011 TESOL Seminar 3. Engaging ESL students with blogs, podcasts and mobile devices

2011 TESOL Seminar 3. Engaging ESL students with blogs, podcasts and mobile devices

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  • Rich Tasks – What are they
  • Rich Tasks – What are they
  • instead of being broadcast live , a podcast is recorded and then distributed over the internet, so that you can listen to it whenever you please.


  • 1. Old Guildford Primary School Margaret Finos TESOL Saturday 6 August 2011 Engaging ESL learners using podcasts, blogs and mobile devices .
  • 2.
    • located in the Granville area
    • in the SW Sydney Region
    • PSP funded – low socio economic
    • 249 students (K-6)
    • Preschool on site (40 students)
    • 93.5%ESL student
    • 11 mainstream classes
    • 70% Arabic 18% Karen Refugees
    • 26 language backgrounds
    Old Guildford Public School (OGPS) School Context OGPS Preschool
  • 3. 2009 -2010
  • 4.
    • 1. Assessment of:
      • ESL student’s language learning needs
      • ICT embedded into school programs across the KLA’s
      • ICT software and hardware
      • ICT expertise amongst staff
    • 2. Design Programs incorporating ICT
    • 3.Purchase of hardware/software
    • 4. Implement programs
    • 5. Assessment
  • 5.
    • Initial assessment of student’s language indicated the need to:
    • develop oral language skills and confidence, especially vocabulary and academic language.
    • improve expression and fluency
    • improve reading comprehension
    • extend developing writing skills
    • improve numeracy skills – Language of Maths and mental strategies / tables
    • Initial assessment of ICT TOOLS
    • 4 IWB’s, digital cameras and videos, connected classroom installed
    • We decided to:
    • focus on up - skilling staff in the use of technology to support ESL student learning and language development
    • Purchase hardware devices (flip cameras, digital cameras iPods, iPads, Nintendo Ds, Bee Bots)
    Old Guildford Primary school
  • 6.
    • Student confidence
    • - students immersed in technology at home and in the real world.
    • - Motivates children to learn
    • High student engagement - Interactive and encourages independent learning
    • Authentic purpose
    • -Gives children a real purpose for their learning
    • - connects students to the real world. Feedback adds authenticity
    • to the learning activity.
    • Improves the quality of work children produce
    Why incorporate ICT?
  • 7.
    • Audience – whole school, community, world. Creates learning communities
    • Quality teaching programs
    • - Design of rich tasks integrating oral, reading and
    • writing activities
    • -Improves oral language reading and writing skills
    • Scaffolded learning activities
    • (modelled by teacher, group and pair work, independent activities)
    • Technology programs/hardware can be used as assessment tools eg.oral language
    Why incorporate ICT?
  • 8.
    • What is a podcast? (see CD/handout)
    • A podcast is like a radio show.
    • instead of being broadcast live , a podcast is recorded and then distributed over the internet, so that you can listen to it whenever you please.
    • Voices and sounds can be layered and manipulated to form whatever sound you desire .
    • 3/4L Podcasting – movie clip
  • 9.
    • Student work samples
    Adrian Window Jon Watertower Kevin interviewed by Tuesday Tuesday interviewed by Kevin Language Focus: Talking/Listening, reading, writing Wendy and Tuesday’s book review Exposition Text Thaw Kue Wah Podcasting at OGPS
  • 10.
    • What is an educational blog?
    • An educational blog is an online journal
    • Platform to showcase students work
    • Audience : class, school, community, WORLD
    • Purpose:
    • a student writes about their learning which may be commented on by other students, the teacher, parents or a wider audience as approved by the teacher.
    • Parents read and comment on their child’s work and gain a deeper understanding of the explicit teaching and learning in which their child is engaged.
    • Teachers can share quality programs and ideas
    • Platform: blogED (DET), Edublogs
    • (see PDF file “Using blogs to enhance student learning - CD handout)
    Blogging – DET blogED
  • 11.
    • Successful Language Learners at OGPS – Margaret Finos
    • BLOG PAGES –word document
    • Kinder Inchworm
    • (HSIE/cooking/garden program)
    OGPS Blogs
  • 12.
    • Kinder Rainforest Blog - Alex Ricci
    • Kinder Itchy Tree – Jennifer Ikin
    • 4 Bollywood
    OGPS Class Blogs
  • 13. Stage 2 OGPS news team / reporters http:// Flip Video Cameras
  • 14. Kinder Red Rock School Promotional Video Manly excursion 1/2O NUMERACY - News Report Investigating area Flip Cameras Movie Making 4 Bollywood/ Kinder Rainforest GSSO competition
  • 15. iPod Touch, iPads, Nintendo DS Literacy and Numeracy
  • 16. iPods and iPads
  • 17. Nintendo DS Nintendo DS
  • 18. Bee Bots (Educational Experiences- Australian supplier) BLOG “ Bee Bots down under” (Nicole Sprainger) MAC ICT (Macquarie University) Bee Bots
  • 19.
    • Old Guildford Public School Website
    • Kerpoof
    • Story bird
    • Vokis
    • see CD website word doc
  • 20.
    • ICT
    • 95% classes interactive whiteboards
    • Class Blogs staff training and creation of class blogs
    • Podcasting - whole staff training, Audacity program
    • 8 iPod touch,
    • 6 Nintendo DS,
    • 20 new laptops,
    • 6 iPads,
    • 6 Bee Bots
    • 12 digital cameras
    • 8 Flip video cameras – movie maker, imovie, class movies, promotional videos, news reports
    • connected classrooms, video conferencing
    • Webcam online Maths tutoring programs - CITIBANK
    • Web 2.0 tools - Voki, Voicethread, xtranormal and many more
    OGPS 2011
  • 21.
    • significant increase in student engagement in learning
    • high quality student work reflecting autonomy and improvements in talking, reading and writing
    • authentic purpose and audience
    • Scaffolded learning activities (controlled, guided independent) leads to imput, intake, uptake of targeted language
    • effective tools for assessment
    • connect with the school community and wider world audience
  • 22. Considerations
    • Who are the targeted ESL students and what are their language learning needs?
    • What type of programs will you introduce to support their language learning needs.
    • What type of organisation will you introduce to support the learning?
    • What are your school’s ICT goals ?
    • Do you need to conduct an audit of your school’s direction in ICT?
    • Planning to support your ICT needs.
  • 23.