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

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