Integrating Technology into ELT

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Integrating Technology into ELT

  1. 1. Effectively Integrating Technology into ELT Alicia Cundell Qatar University AUS 1 st TESOL Conference
  2. 2. Why use technology?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Growing up in the Digital Age is affecting today's youth in numerous ways including </li></ul><ul><ul><li>growing up with a constant digital stimuli </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>physiological change in brain and changes in the their thought processes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>all of which have changed the learning preferences of today's youth. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Prepare students for their futures in the workplace and in society
  5. 5. integration vs isolation
  6. 6. Streaming Video, Podcasts & DVD Clips <ul><li>Streaming media highly accessible </li></ul><ul><li>authentic English </li></ul><ul><li>easy to find topical information that students can relate to. </li></ul><ul><li>Digital format means no fussing with tapes; store files right on your laptop! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Example tasks <ul><li>Prompts for writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-show a short video clip and have students write an ending </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As an information source for providing support to all kinds of writing. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interpretation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show a scene without the volume and have students write the dialogue (and include any sound effects) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students listen to a clip of a movie without the picture then student describe the scene and characters and later compare </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Web sites <ul><li>Online dictionary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-students identify unknown words and choose the correct meaning for the context </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online games can be played as class or in groups. Examples : A Maze , Words in a Word and Activities for ESL/EFL Students </li></ul><ul><li>Take virtual fieldtrips at Tramline and the Utah Education Network for ready-made field trips </li></ul>
  9. 9. Mobile Phones & Cameras We all groan about the use of phones in class, so why not find some ways to use them productively? <ul><li>send students on digital scavenger hunts and bluetooth pictures to the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>students  & teachers use their cameras to take photos of the board, posters and other classroom materials </li></ul><ul><li>video student presentations or other activities for later playback and reflection </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>How did you use the Web in the past? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you use it now? </li></ul>Web 2.0: A Paradigm Shift
  11. 11. <ul><li>Students “can either be passive receivers of media messages or they can be digital content creators and critical thinkers.” </li></ul>Source : Retrieved January 18, 2008, from video in the classroom.com : http://www.needleworkspictures.com/vic/
  12. 12. The Read/Write Web <ul><li>Anyone can be a Web author </li></ul><ul><li>No knowledge of programming necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting & collaborating with others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building knowledge and gaining perspective </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Collaborative Communities: Wikis, blogs & podcasts <ul><li>A Class Wiki : students collaborate to create a knowledge base, post class notes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Qu Tech wiki. Class wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Blogs : a forum for students to express their voice to an audience other than the teacher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>QU Tech news Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create a digital speaking notebook for tracking (and evaluation?) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Digital storytelling, movies, multi-media projects using </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PhotoStory3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VoiceThread </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Sims On Stage </li></ul></ul></ul>Digital Media Production
  15. 15. Other Technology Tasks <ul><li>Students use the discussion boards to publish their opinions and ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Students make comic strips or animated movies with dialogue boxes using Web 2.0 tools, such as make beliefs comix & Dvolver , </li></ul><ul><li>Students send speaking task audio files via email homework through springdoo </li></ul><ul><li>Students share poems, stories online and share with others for commenting with: PowerPoint, VoiceThread , The Sims On Stage , </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Web links: http://del.icio.us/acundell </li></ul><ul><li>Email: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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