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Microblogging for Language Learning: a Review of Options and their Potential.

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    • Microblogging for Language Learning: a Review of Options and their Potential. Rita Zeinstejer EFL Teacher Rosario, Argentina
    • content
      • Microblogging: its features
      • Twitter (+ Twibes )
      • Plurk
      • Edmodo
    •  
    • What’s Microblogging…?
      • exponent of “ snack culture ”
      • privileges text brevity, users´mobility and virtual networks as social environments
      • answers one question: What´s happening…?
    • microblogging
      • imposes necessity to abbreviate fitting in ideas
      • develops skills for word selection
      • fulfils a need of …being fast and getting instant feedback
      • … getting more connections
      • encourages autonomous learning
      • uses tags to build up a network
      • shapes your own community
      • helps share real time data
    • used to
      • ask for and provide help
      • share ideas
      • get advice
      • make recommendations
      • announce events
    • Twitter
      • “ a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates…” Wikipedia
      • “ the most popular of the genre of 'microblogging' tools that emulate SMS messaging but fall short of blogging…” V. Stevens
      • “ one of the largest platforms in the world for sharing real-time data” Douglas A. McIntyre , in TIME
    • Features http://twitter.com/home
      • combines features of SMS text messages and blogs
      • up to 140 characters long text-based posts
      • updates instantly delivered
      • delivery restrictions
      • updates via instant messaging, SMS, RSS, email
    • Why the interest…?
      • relevance
      • quickness
      • distinct style
      • conversational
    • Everyday use…?
      • dissemination of publications and materials
      • product recommendations
      • serendipitous improvement
      • serendipitous discovery
      • locating original sources of ideas, quotes, etc.
      • following celebrities
    • tweet to….
      • follow conversations
      • follow others
      • participate in a community
      • collaborate in twitterature
      • correct tweets
      • integrate note-passing into a lesson
    • Benefits as a classroom tool….?
      • offers opportunities to practice specific language skills.
      • stds learn how to focus on what they say better
      • class chatter: conversations continue inside and outside of class
      • development of classroom community
      • get a sense of the world
      • increase parental awareness
      • track a word
      • track a conference
      • instant feedback
      • follow a professional/ famous person
      • storytelling
    • basically….. all about conversation
      • keep students in contact
      • emphasize fluency in communication
      • focus on conciseness and accuracy
      • well suited to task-based language learning
      • can lead to more interactive and swift discussions
    • Tips…
      • answer “ What has your attention ?”
      • promote a blog post
      • ask for opinions
      • follow interesting people
      • direct student’s attention to good things
      • be wary of always promoting your stuff
      • talk about non-education stuff too
    • Twibes
      • finds Twitter people interested in similar topics
      • enables people to meet and participate in conversations
      • gathers likeminded members around key words
      • organizes tweets
      • encourages community formation
      • anybody can find and join any group
    • Plurk http://bit.ly/8kUkZg
      • ability to embed video from YouTube and images
      • horizontal time line: scroll back through time lines
      • threads easier to follow
      • distinction between friends and fans
      • accumulating 'karma'
    • Plurk http://bit.ly/8kUkZg
      • Plurk widget
      • allows usage of emoticons
      • choice of verbs for the message
      • manageable flow of information
      • safer environment
      • Twitter
      • access to huge knowledge base
      • good for conversation
      • encourages brevity
      • totally linear: to find similar ideas:
      • tagging
      • target of hype, spam merchants and hackers
      • lots of third party tools
      • Plurk
      • smaller knowledge base
      • good for collaboration
      • encourages wordiness
      • items appear in a timeline and threads are packaged in the item
      • no hackers, spam or reputation builders
      • no 3rd party developers
    • How to use Plurk in the classroom..?
      • share resources and links
      • correct sentences
      • build up collaborative stories
      • speak about their everyday lives and share
      • put up images to comment on/describe
    • How to use Plurk in the classroom..?
      • create a learner diary
      • post sentences one verb every day
      • send reminders
      • ask questions
    • Edmodo
      • a private communication platform built for teachers and students
      • a blend of social networking
      • and online classes
    • What’s Edmodo?
      • NOT open
      • NOT a wiki (only teachers can edit)
      • NOT a VLE
      • But
      • a safe, quiet space online to get you and your stds wired
      • an extension of your f2f class for communication purposes
      • a simple way to exchange and share opinions, files, homework, links, audio
    • Features http://www.edmodo.com/
      • archiving
      • tagging
      • grouping
      • threaded replies: not last on top
      • group-generated coding
      • messages, files, links
      • real time updates: auto-refreshing status updates
      • inline editing of posts and replies
      • spotlight feature: fast location of data
      • see all posts by user
    • assignments
      • to whole groups
      • due dates
      • set, receive
      • grading, comments
      • embed video
      • add MM files
      • add a poll
    • Unlike Twitter
      • threading
      • not on mobile phones
      • no @ or # nomenclature
      • stds cannot directly communicate with each other
    • advantages
      • no paper
      • fast communication
      • scaffolding
      • participation from home
      • joining different groups
      • privacy
      • teacher decides which posts are public
      • very userfriendly
      • MM sharing
      • code protection
    • it develops….
      • digital pride
      • digital safety
      • digital responsibility
      • digital respect
      • social skills
      • netiquette
    • a few Twitter-esque uses outside the classroom
      • an easy communications tool for a school club: share files, post links, exchange info
      • a PD tool
      • a project management tool for teams in educational settings:
      • * schedule meetings
      • * to-do lists
      • * assigning tasks
      • a family communication tool
    • classroom use…?
      • post homework online
      • return homework online
      • communicate with experts
      • share useful websites –links and games
      • post spelling: SpellingCity : help use words in context
      • send reminders: class events/ dates
      • calendar
    • The Future of Work in 10 years´time…?
      • 10 years ago: no Twitter
      • 20 years ago: no Web
      • Rita Zeinstejer
      • EFL Teacher- Advanced Courses, Self Access, Laboratory, Multimedia Coordinator at Asociacion Rosarina de Cultura Inglesa
      • Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner
      • CALL SIG Coordinator at APrIR 2001-2008
      • Member of “ Webheads in Action ” an online Community of Practice doing research on Internet tools for Language Learning.
      • Presenter at online and f2f international Seminars and Congresses.
      • Google Certified Teacher 2008
      • CALL-IS TESOL Steering Committee Member 2009-2012
      • CALL Consultant
      • www.zeinstejer.com
      • Email: [email_address]