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  • 1. ICT- thinking outside the classroom box [email_address] – where all of today’s presentations will be available to download
  • 2.
    • First, important things to know...
      • I am a Spanish teacher, who was taught how to use PowerPoint 4 years ago.
      • I do not know how the Internet works, I just push buttons, especially the back button when things go wrong.
  • 3.
    • First, important things to know...
      • 2) The ideas that I pass on in this session are not...
      • Completely comprehensive
      • They will not destroy your life
        • 3) No notes needed- will be on
  • 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.
    • what a blog actually is
    • ways to use a blog to enhance teaching and learning
    • how to use moblogging to complement and enhance use of a blog
    • how to create podcasts and add them to iTunes
    • how podcasts can be used in the classroom
    • how mobiles and ipods can be used to enhance learning beyond the classroom
    During this session we will look at…
  • 6. Is this the future?
    • “ Young people’s familiarity with ICT offers a great opportunity to language teachers. It seems to us that a determined commitment to use this world, which is so familiar to young people, is a key to increasing the engagement of young people of all ages with languages. New technologies can facilitate real contacts with schools and young people in other countries. They can also provide stimulus for creative and interactive work .”
    • (Lord Dearing - Languages Review March 2007)
  • 7. 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.
  • 8.
    • Who uses blogs?
      • Teachers for motivation
        • Teachers for reflections / to share ideas
      • (Neil Jones, resources)
      • (Jose Picardo, ideas)
  • 9.
    • What can we actually use a blog for?!?!
      • Showing pupils’ work
      • Sharing files
      • Showing pupils’ videos etc
      • Increasing Assessment for Learning
      • Increasing self-evaluation
  • 10. 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
  • 11. The last 100 visitors to the Spanish blog
  • 12. Why use blogs?
    • Writing
      • Increased motivation- will be viewed by more than just the teacher
  • 13. Why use blogs?
    • Reading
      • pupils constantly reading and re-reading each other’s work
        • Allows for dissemination of good ideas
      • Allows free choice of which sections to read
      • Aids pupil independence
  • 14. Why use blogs?
    • Speaking
      • Pupil and teacher generated podcasts
      • Speaking tests / exercises
      • =learning opportunity rather than just an assessment opportunity
      • - can be done in the form of vokis, podcasts etc
      • Provides a platform for pupil-made videos
  • 15. Why use blogs?
    • Listening
      • To podcasts (on the blog or via links)
      • To videos (pupil created, music, adverts, football commentaries etc)
      • To peers’ work
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. Music video - great cultural input - an interesting homework to find body parts/ weather types - Year 8 pupils were mostly humming the song round school for next few days Ideas for use… Blogging
  • 18. Pupil-made videos - high level of motivation - Provides for easy review of work which might otherwise be lost Blogging
  • 19.
    • - Pupils write scripts
    • Peer assess
    • Practise
    • Record
    • High level of enjoyment
  • 20.
    • Year 8 wrote Guess Who style self-descriptions
    • For next homework, pupils read the descriptions and left a comment saying who they were
  • 21.
    • Who provides the blog facility?
    • TypePad -
      • Easiest for inserting fun stuff (provider that I use)
    • Blogger -
    • Edublogs -
    • Wordpress -
    • Many, many more…
  • 22. To learn about further tools to complement blogs
    • - embedding .ppt
    • - uploading pupil videos easily
  • 23. 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?
  • 24. Moblogging across the universe
  • 25. Moblogging What is moblogging? Mo bile blogging - the ability to update a blog from a distance e.g. on a visit / exchange Seize the moment
  • 26. - Send media straight to blog from phones Moblogging
  • 27. Uses: Record reports after incidents Allow pupils to create video diaries without your supervision Document REAL conversations Moblogging
  • 28. Allows you and pupils to leave voice messages on the blog Uses: - more detailed update messages - maintain interest amongst those left behind - genuine motivation for oral activities Moblogging
  • 29. Flip Ultra video cameras Video-documentaries Plug into any USB and upload to blog / - no converters needed Moblogging
  • 30. Effective use of Podcasts and iTunes
  • 31. Podcasting What is a podcast? - effectively an audio file which is then put onto the Internet
  • 32. Podcasting Grammar series created to help reinforce grammar learning OUTSIDE of the classroom - responding to a request by a pupil - FANTASTIC for audio learners
  • 33. Podcasting How have I used them? - Grammar series - role-play raps - pupil recordings - pupil grammar explanations
  • 34. Podcasting Role-play raps Created to strenghten knowledge of key role-play scenarios - each set to a different musical style to aid recognition
  • 35. Podcasting Pupil grammar explanations - benefit of explaining to others - need for script - peer assessment on podcasts - minimal teacher input, maximum output - pupils then have an immediate revision tool
  • 36. Podcasting
    • Sounds hard, but isn’t!
    • Record podcast...
  • 37. Podcasting How to record a podcast... 1) Recording material
  • 38. Podcasting
    • How to record a podcast...
    • Recording material
  • 39. Podcasting
    • How to record a podcast...
    • Recording material
  • 40. Podcasting
    • How to record a podcast...
    • Recording material
  • 41. Podcasting
    • How to record a podcast...
    • Recording material
    • Audacity for PCs-
    • + LAME FE
    • (allows you to export as MP3)
    • OR Garageband for Macs
  • 42. Easy way to change volume levels Highlight sections then delete Podcasting
  • 43. To finish the podcast, export as MP3… Podcasting
  • 44. Podcasting
    • So we have our finished podcast, now what?
    • Insert it into a blog post as an .mp3 file
    • Add it to iTunes
  • 45. In iTunes (free!!), go to the podcast section Podcasting
  • 46.
    • Scroll down, and you will see this box
    • You want to Submit a Podcast
  • 47. Podcasting
    • Adding the podcast to iTunes
    • Motivation
    • Can put onto MP3 players / computers and listen to work again, rather than just forgetting it
  • 48.
    • Podcasts as listening materials...
    • Coffee Break Spanish
    • -excellent topic explanations
    • 2) Notes In Spain
    • - come with supporting materials
    • - based around topics effecting life in Spain
  • 49.
    • Podcasts as listening materials...
    • 2) Elliot school podcasts
    • - KS5 topics, with exercises
  • 50.
    • Podcasts as listening materials...
    • 3) iTunes as a podcast search engine
  • 51. Using mobiles in the classroom…
  • 52. Using mobile phones
    • Issues:
    • Banned in many schools
    • Risks of inappropriate behaviour
    • Fear of pupil intercompetition
    • Concern of pupils not having a phone
  • 53. Using mobile phones
    • However, there are huge benefits...
    • Enjoyment and motivation- MFL becomes cool again
    • Speaking the pupils’ language whilst teaching them ours
    • Increasing range of services available via WAP
      • e.g. YouTube
      • Extension of learning beyond classroom
  • 54. Lasting motivation is about students feeling a genuine emotional investment in the activities they undertake. This will come about through a learning process that centres around rich, real experience with relevance in the wider world. Connected magazine, Learning and teaching Scotland Using mobile phones
  • 55. If pupils can take their driving test theory exam on their mobile, why can we not teach them to use them responsibly? Me, today Using mobile phones
  • 56. Using mobile phones
    • Useful tools available on most mobile phones...
    • Voice recorder
    • Camera
    • Video camera
    • Stop-watch
    • Bluetooth
    • Ability to play-back videos and music
    How much would it cost a department to have enough of these to share between 2?
  • 57. Using mobile phones
    • Ideas for video projects using mobiles...
    • Describing school as go round it
    • Describing local area
    • Guide to saving the environment
    • Following and giving directions
    • Describing friends
    • Recording grammar explanations during the lesson
  • 58. Issue: how to get the recordings back to the teacher Options- 1) bluetooth them to a computer 2) bluetooth them to teacher’s phone 3) other options? Using mobile phones
  • 59. For example, directions: - in pairs, pupils decide which room they will give directions to -write script - walk around the building and record the directions - swap phones / bluetooth to each other and follow the instructions - find out whether they followed instructions appropriately FOR EXAMPLE Using mobile phones
  • 60. House and home - pupils build up to estate-agent style description of their house - free choice of recording manners - mobile phone - voice recording - video on camera Using mobile phones
  • 61.
    • Other ideas...
    • record an interview / dialogue at home
    • leaving answer phone messages through Gabcast
    • record grammar explanations during your lessons.
    • They can then make the worksheet as homework, based on your advice.
    Using mobile phones
  • 62.
  • 63.
    • Key = extending learning beyond the classroom
    • - more and more we will also need to think about how to capitalise on the power of ipods
    • quizzes produced using
    • videos converted using
    • podcasts
    • mobile slideshows / role-play raps
    Using mobile phones
  • 64. For more info… (where this presentation will be available to download) [email_address]