Blogs, Podcasts And All Sorts Of Fun


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Blogs, Podcasts And All Sorts Of Fun

  1. 1. <ul><li>Which of these factors / concerns do you experience when thinking about trying something new? </li></ul><ul><li>It would take me ages and I would fall behind in the Schemes of Work </li></ul><ul><li>They would just mess about and get nothing done </li></ul><ul><li>It would be too complicated to explain </li></ul><ul><li>They would use technology as an excuse not to do the work </li></ul><ul><li>They would not actually learn anything! </li></ul><ul><li>My own lack of confidence </li></ul>
  2. 2. Chris Fuller Blogs, podcasts and all sorts of fun! [email_address] – where all of today’s presentations will be available to download Feel free to get in touch whenever you need help / advice
  3. 3. Who am I? a Spanish (and a bit of French) teacher not a techy a presenter at national events SSAT Lead Practitioner (2008 /09) not an ICT obsessive someone who believes language teachers have to work far too hard Using mobile phones Podcasting Blogging Moblogging
  4. 4. “ If school is to be a truly rewarding experience for today’s students, it must be relevant to them.” Connected magazine, Learning and teaching Scotland
  5. 5. a blog (and how to blag it)
  6. 6. What is a blog?!?!?! <ul><li>Blog= web log </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditionally used as an online diary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A typical blog combines a variety of media forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key element is huge increase in interactivity- INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY. </li></ul></ul>Blogging
  7. 7. © Common Craft Blogging
  8. 8. What is a blog?!?!?! <ul><ul><li>a type of website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>very easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>automatic archiving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>offers interaction with the “Post”; comments </li></ul></ul>Blogging
  9. 9. Why use blogs? <ul><li>Motivation - make the world your classroom wall </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning no longer confined to exercise books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the audience for work which goes into an exercise book? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Truly global perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be demonstrated by visitors maps on blogs </li></ul></ul></ul>Blogging
  10. 10. 100 visitors to the Spanish blog Jane Croft, Ridgeway School, Plympton Royds School, Leeds
  11. 11. Why use blogs? <ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>pupils constantly reading and re-reading each other’s work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allows for dissemination of good ideas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>audience? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Literacy Trust </li></ul></ul></ul>Blogging
  12. 12. Why use blogs? <ul><ul><ul><li>Speaking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>platform for recordings, Vokis etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>audience? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to each other’s work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to materials you can choose to put on </li></ul></ul></ul>Blogging
  13. 13. Why use blogs? <ul><li>Assessment for Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comment function allows peer assessment using “Two Stars and a Wish formula” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>= 2 positive elements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>+ 1 element to work at next time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-assessment as pupils comment on their own work and thus self target set. </li></ul></ul>Blogging
  14. 14. Why use blogs? <ul><li>Access to learning </li></ul><ul><li>How would you normally make the following available to pupils / parents? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>chants about Fernando Torres in Spanish </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cartoons </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>daily national front pages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>links to important sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>videos made by pupils </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a video of the 3 Kings in Barcelona </li></ul></ul></ul>Blogging
  15. 15. Blog vs VLE <ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>open access – global perspective </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>real world </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VLE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>closed, hyper-controlled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>audience? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>does have uses, but pupils aren’t motivated by them </li></ul></ul></ul>Blogging
  16. 16. <ul><li>Who provides the blog facility? </li></ul><ul><li>TypePad - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easiest for inserting fun stuff (provider that I use) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogger - </li></ul><ul><li>Edublogs - </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress - </li></ul><ul><li>Many, many more… </li></ul>Blogging
  17. 17. Further tools to complement blogs <ul><li> - embedding .ppt </li></ul><ul><li> - uploading pupil videos easily </li></ul>Blogging
  18. 18. Key blogs for resources / ideas <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Blogging
  19. 19. Plenary- Frequently Asked Questions <ul><li>Won’t it all take ages? </li></ul><ul><li>Will anyone actually look at the blog? </li></ul><ul><li>What effect will it have on my department? </li></ul><ul><li>What about Child Protection? </li></ul>Blogging
  20. 20. Effective use of Podcasts and iTunes
  21. 21. Podcasting What is a podcast? - effectively an audio file which is then put onto the Internet
  22. 22. Podcasting How have I used them? - Grammar series - pupil recordings - pupil grammar explanations - role-play raps
  23. 23. Podcasting Grammar series created to help reinforce grammar learning OUTSIDE of the classroom - responding to a request by a pupil - FANTASTIC for audio learners
  24. 24. Podcasting Pupil grammar explanations - benefit of explaining to others - need for script - peer assessment on podcasts - benefits of editing - minimal teacher input, maximum output - pupils then have an immediate revision tool
  25. 25. Podcasting Role-play raps - finding DIFFERENT ways to revise / learn - musical recognition techniques - learning on the move
  26. 26. Podcasting <ul><li>Sounds hard, but isn’t! </li></ul><ul><li>Record podcast... </li></ul>
  27. 27. Podcasting How to record a podcast... 1) Recording material
  28. 28. Podcasting <ul><li>How to record a podcast... </li></ul><ul><li>Recording material </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity for PCs- </li></ul><ul><li>+ LAME FE </li></ul><ul><li>(allows you to export as MP3) </li></ul><ul><li>OR Garageband for Macs </li></ul>
  29. 29. Easy way to change volume levels Highlight sections then delete Podcasting
  30. 30. To finish the podcast, export as MP3… Podcasting
  31. 31. Podcasting <ul><li>So we have our finished podcast, now what? </li></ul><ul><li>Insert it into a blog post as an .mp3 file </li></ul><ul><li>Add it to iTunes </li></ul>
  32. 32. In iTunes (free!!), go to the podcast section Podcasting
  33. 33. <ul><li>Scroll down, and you will see this box </li></ul><ul><li>You want to Submit a Podcast </li></ul>Podcasting
  34. 34. Podcasting <ul><li>Adding the podcast to iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Can put onto MP3 players / computers and listen to work again, rather than just forgetting it </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Create topic podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>- ANYTHING your imagination can think of </li></ul><ul><li>- even to replace some speaking tests? </li></ul>Podcasting
  36. 36. <ul><li>Make a radio advertisement </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. for biscuits </li></ul><ul><li>Language needed: comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>basic adjectives of taste / cost / health </li></ul>Podcasting
  37. 37. <ul><li>Create a Slidecast </li></ul><ul><li>- using pupils can upload a PowerPoint and then record a voiceover for each slide </li></ul><ul><li>- can be embedded into a blog </li></ul>Podcasting
  38. 38. <ul><li>Record compositions or class singing to share with others (e.g. parents / school partners). </li></ul><ul><li>- could this even be turned into an independent competition? </li></ul>Podcasting
  39. 39. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>- Pupils write scripts </li></ul><ul><li>Peer assess </li></ul><ul><li>Practise </li></ul><ul><li>Record </li></ul><ul><li>High level of enjoyment </li></ul>Podcasting
  40. 40. <ul><li>Podcasts as listening materials... </li></ul><ul><li>Coffee Break Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>-excellent topic explanations </li></ul><ul><li>2) Notes In Spain </li></ul><ul><li>- come with supporting materials </li></ul><ul><li>- based around topics affecting life in Spain </li></ul>Podcasting
  41. 41. <ul><li>Podcasts as listening materials... </li></ul><ul><li>2) Elliot school podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>- KS5 topics, with exercises </li></ul>Podcasting
  42. 42. <ul><li>Podcasts as listening materials... </li></ul><ul><li>3) iTunes as a podcast search engine </li></ul>Podcasting
  43. 43. My goals as a language teacher... motivate and demonstrate a real purpose improve listening improve speaking improve reading improve writing increase cultural awareness raise the profile of my department My EXTRA tools blogs, podcasts podcasts, videos blog as platform blog blog, podcasts, videos blog, podcasts, videos blog, podcasts Using mobile phones Podcasting Blogging Moblogging
  44. 44. For more info… (where this presentation will be available to download) [email_address]