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My presentation at the Torbay MFL training session in January 2010

My presentation at the Torbay MFL training session in January 2010



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    • Which of these factors / concerns do you experience when thinking about trying something new?
    • It would take me ages and I would fall behind in the Schemes of Work
    • They would just mess about and get nothing done
    • It would be too complicated to explain
    • They would use technology as an excuse not to do the work
    • They would not actually learn anything!
    • My own lack of confidence
  • 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
  • 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
  • “ 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
  • a blog (and how to blag it)
  • What is a blog?!?!?!
    • Blog= web log
      • Traditionally used as an online diary
      • A typical blog combines a variety of media forms
      • Key element is huge increase in interactivity- INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY.
  • © Common Craft Blogging
  • What is a blog?!?!?!
      • a type of website
      • very easy to use
      • automatic archiving
      • offers interaction with the “Post”; comments
  • Why use blogs?
    • Motivation - make the world your classroom wall
      • Learning no longer confined to exercise books
      • Who is the audience for work which goes into an exercise book?
      • Truly global perspective
        • Can be demonstrated by visitors maps on blogs
  • 100 visitors to the Spanish blog Jane Croft, Ridgeway School, Plympton Royds School, Leeds
  • Why use blogs?
      • Reading
        • pupils constantly reading and re-reading each other’s work
        • Allows for dissemination of good ideas
        • Writing
        • audience?
        • National Literacy Trust
  • Why use blogs?
        • Speaking
        • platform for recordings, Vokis etc
        • audience?
      • Listening
        • to each other’s work
        • to materials you can choose to put on
  • Why use blogs?
    • Assessment for Learning
      • Comment function allows peer assessment using “Two Stars and a Wish formula”
        • = 2 positive elements
        • + 1 element to work at next time
      • Self-assessment as pupils comment on their own work and thus self target set.
  • Why use blogs?
    • Access to learning
    • How would you normally make the following available to pupils / parents?
        • chants about Fernando Torres in Spanish
        • cartoons
        • daily national front pages
        • links to important sites
        • videos made by pupils
        • a video of the 3 Kings in Barcelona
  • Blog vs VLE
      • Blog
        • open access – global perspective
        • real world
        • VLE
        • closed, hyper-controlled
        • audience?
        • does have uses, but pupils aren’t motivated by them
    • Who provides the blog facility?
    • TypePad -
      • Easiest for inserting fun stuff (provider that I use)
    • Blogger -
    • Edublogs -
    • Wordpress -
    • Many, many more…
  • Further tools to complement blogs
    • - embedding .ppt
    • - uploading pupil videos easily
  • Key blogs for resources / ideas
  • Plenary- Frequently Asked Questions
    • Won’t it all take ages?
    • Will anyone actually look at the blog?
    • What effect will it have on my department?
    • What about Child Protection?
  • Effective use of Podcasts and iTunes
  • Podcasting What is a podcast? - effectively an audio file which is then put onto the Internet
  • Podcasting How have I used them? - Grammar series - pupil recordings - pupil grammar explanations - role-play raps
  • Podcasting Grammar series created to help reinforce grammar learning OUTSIDE of the classroom - responding to a request by a pupil - FANTASTIC for audio learners
  • 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
  • Podcasting Role-play raps - finding DIFFERENT ways to revise / learn - musical recognition techniques - learning on the move
  • Podcasting
    • Sounds hard, but isn’t!
    • Record podcast...
  • Podcasting How to record a podcast... 1) Recording material
  • Podcasting
    • How to record a podcast...
    • Recording material
    • Audacity for PCs-
    • + LAME FE
    • (allows you to export as MP3)
    • OR Garageband for Macs
  • Easy way to change volume levels Highlight sections then delete Podcasting
  • To finish the podcast, export as MP3… Podcasting
  • Podcasting
    • So we have our finished podcast, now what?
    • Insert it into a blog post as an .mp3 file
    • Add it to iTunes
  • In iTunes (free!!), go to the podcast section Podcasting
    • Scroll down, and you will see this box
    • You want to Submit a Podcast
  • Podcasting
    • Adding the podcast to iTunes
    • Motivation
    • Can put onto MP3 players / computers and listen to work again, rather than just forgetting it
    • Create topic podcasts
    • - ANYTHING your imagination can think of
    • - even to replace some speaking tests?
    • Make a radio advertisement
    • e.g. for biscuits
    • Language needed: comparisons
    • basic adjectives of taste / cost / health
    • Create a Slidecast
    • - using pupils can upload a PowerPoint and then record a voiceover for each slide
    • - can be embedded into a blog
    • Record compositions or class singing to share with others (e.g. parents / school partners).
    • - could this even be turned into an independent competition?
    • - Pupils write scripts
    • Peer assess
    • Practise
    • Record
    • High level of enjoyment
    • Podcasts as listening materials...
    • Coffee Break Spanish
    • -excellent topic explanations
    • 2) Notes In Spain
    • - come with supporting materials
    • - based around topics affecting life in Spain
    • Podcasts as listening materials...
    • 2) Elliot school podcasts
    • - KS5 topics, with exercises
    • Podcasts as listening materials...
    • 3) iTunes as a podcast search engine
  • 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
  • For more info… (where this presentation will be available to download) [email_address]