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  • 1. There’s a world outside my classroom…blogs and wikis in MFL teaching Helena Butterfield http://helenabutterfield.net @langwitch
  • 2. A bit about me…!
    • MFL Teacher
    • International Co-ordinator
    • Former Head of Department
    • Blogger at http://helenabutterfield.net and http://langwitch.org
  • 3. What we will do today
    • What is a blog?
    • Why blog?
    • How to set up a blog
    • Some useful blogs
    • What is a wiki…and why is it different from a blog?
  • 4. What is a blog?
    • A website that can be easily and frequently updated without using complicated software.
    • They contain:
        • Fresh content; many are updated daily
        • Personal content; many blogs are public diaries, journals of everyday events
  • 5. Why blog?
    • Communication
    • With pupils, with parents, with other teachers
    • Presentation of pupils’ work
    • Motivation
    • AfL
  • 6. Blogs for pupils
    • Langwitch http://langwitch.org
    • All Saints Languages Blog http://allsaintslanguagesblog.typepad.co.uk
    • Sans Problèmes http://mmeperkins.typepad.com
    • MFL@Northgate-the Blog http://northgatemfl.blogspot.com
  • 7. Showcasing pupil work
  • 8. Helping them to learn vocabulary
  • 9. Communication
  • 10. Promote independent learning
  • 11. Links to other websites
  • 12. Share authentic material
  • 13. Fun!
  • 14. Homework
  • 15. Peer assessment
  • 16. Blogs for teachers
    • The Langwitch Chronicles http:// helenabutterfield.net
    • Integrating ICT into the MFL Classroom
    • http://joedale.typepad.com
    • Box of Tricks http://boxoftricks.net
    • My Languages http://isabellejones.blogspot.com
    • Vámanos http://lisibo.blogspot.com
    • Languages and Learning http:// amandasalt.blogspot.com
  • 17. How to create a blog
    • Choose a blogging platform
    • Typepad ($49.50 a year)
    • Blogger (Free)
    • Wordpress (Free)
    • Register
    • That’s it!
  • 18. Before you start
    • Purpose: Why are you blogging? (Interaction between you and your students? Information?)
    • Audience : For whom are you blogging? (Your students? Your colleagues? Anyone who is interested?)
    • Content: About what are you blogging? (Is it a diary?Is it for enrichment?Is it to motivate your pupils?)
  • 19. Also consider…
    • URL and Name
    • Make the URL easy to remember and spell
    • Make the name something easy to remember
  • 20. e-Safety
    • No surnames
    • No email addresses
    • No personal details
    • Be sensible
    • Moderation
  • 21. So what’s a Wiki?
    • A website that many people can add to
    • More static than a a blog
  • 22. Pupil collaboration
  • 23. How to guide
  • 24. Showcase pupil work
  • 25. Peer assessment
  • 26. Specific project
  • 27. Online international collaboration
  • 28. Teachers colloborating too: http://mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com
  • 29. More teacher collaboration
  • 30. Further information
    • http://helenabutterfield.net
    • http://langwitch.wikispaces.com (Teachers’ Corner)
    • Durham Tees Valley MFL http:// stocktonmfl.ning.com
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Twitter: @langwitch