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    • A guide to using Wikis, Blogs and Podcasts in MFL Collaboration, Creativity, Motivation Alex Blagona Language College Coordinator Northgate High School, Ipswich ALL London Event 13 th June 2009 www.northgatemfl.co.uk alexblagona.blogspot.com [email_address]
      • Embracing technology
      • Making it work as a T&L tool
      • Taking risks and being brave
      • Seek out help
      • Reaping the rewards
      Dealing with the fear
    • Keeping up with the kids?
      • Playing catch-up – a necessity
      • Embracing students’ know-how
      • Showing them the tools
    • Why technology?
      • “ Young people’s familiarity with ICT offers a great opportunity to language teachers. It seems 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... They can also provide stimulus for creative and interactive work .”
      (Lord Dearing - Languages Review March 2007)
    • Cassettes 20th Century language learning… Text book Grammar Repetition Coloured chalk Exercises Louis Laloupe Vocab Tests
    • Connectivity Global Learning Authenticity Confidence Relevance Inspiration Collaboration Motivation Interactivity Creativity 21 st Century language learning should involve… Engagement Enjoyment
    • Eh?
      • Easy to set-up website.
      • Allows students to come together and work.
      • Students can create and design their own pages.
      • Add and embed media-rich content.
      • Connected = motivated!
      • Content for a purpose.
      • Promotes independent study and research skills.
      • Makes MFL more relevant to kids – real communication!
      • It’s quite simple to use.
      • Allows work to be published openly, or to a select audience.
      • Allows for peer assessment in a safe environment - assessment for learning.
      • Very few restrictions that can hinder students creativity.
      • You can include lots of interactive tools (Widgets!)
      • It’s FREE for educators.
    • Better than a VLE?
      • Not necessarily better, just different!
      • A wiki is ideal for class projects.
      • A closer community, working together.
      • Allows contributors control over the page.
      • Easier to maintain than a VLE.
      • Not as ‘clunky’.
      • Facilitates collaboration across institutions .
      • What makes wikis remarkable?
      • Anyone can add, edit, or delete a page.
      • Users control the design and organisation of the wiki.
      • What you write is more important than how it looks.
      • A bridge between 20 th and 21 st Century learning.
    • What to consider when starting a wiki?
      • Purpose
      • Audience
      • Content
      Short term project? Or long term resource? One class? One subject? One school? Teacher created resources? Student work?
    • Reaching out to people…
      • Sharing good ideas and resources.
      • Raising awareness of MFL across the school (and beyond!)
      • Getting students to assess each other’s work.
      • Giving students an opportunity to be creative!
    • Using a wiki to get your students working together In MFL we can use ‘wikis’ to get students to create, share, correct and discuss their work with each other in a secure and personalised environment. We can bring together learners, and create a place for learning irrespective of geographical location. Inter-school projects easily produced on wikis.
    • “ What I like best about the Wiki”
      • “ The chance to be creative was great - and it’s better than just writing it - we could put whatever we wanted on there (pictures, responses, content).”
      • “ I like to see my classmates’ work. It was also fun to see [their] comments on my work.”
      • “ Seeing some of the phrases used in people’s essays made me want to make my essay better.”
      • “ It gives you a chance to feel part of a group - we can learn from the rest of the group - and it makes sure you do your homework.”
      • “ I liked the flexibility a lot.”
    • New, corrected text in green, deleted text in red.
    • Editing your wiki…
      • Want to create a wonderful wiki?
      • www.wikispaces.com
      • www.pbwiki.com
      • www.northgatemfl.co.uk
      • Useful examples of MFL wikis
      • edgehill-spanish.wikispaces.com
      • northgatemfl.wikispaces.com
      • irsdeutsch.wikispaces.com
      • langwitch.wikispaces.com
    • What is a podcast? The how and why… The know-how… What is a podcast?
    • What is a Podcast? A broad CAST or a video made available to download and playable on portable MP3 players, such as i POD s. Can be set up so that each new MP3 recording can form a series. Listeners can subscribe to and subsequently automatically download new ‘episodes’ by simply going to a podcasting site – like iTunes.
    • The how and why…
    • 10 reasons why you might want to create a podcast…
    • 1. A simple creation of listening resources…
    • 2. Increase exposure to the target language…
    • 3. Improve the communication and presentation skills of pupils
    • 4. Create ‘realistic’ scenes for your pupils
    • 5. Embrace new technology
    • 6. Makes MFL more relevant, and fun!
    • 7. Only needs a small amount of technical know how (honestly!)
    • 8. Motivates and engages pupils because getting it right really matters!
    • 9. Create and develop an audience for your recordings.
    • 10. Take MFL outside of the classroom.
    • So, I can use a podcast for…
      • Role-play performances
      • Learning vocabulary
      • Pronunciation practice
      • Reinforcing grammar
      • Making a radio show (cross-curricular?)
      • Class projects
      • Tales of school trips and visits
    • The key to a good podcast
      • Time to prepare content – have an idea what you want to record.
      • Rehearsal and practice! A script?
      • Record a bit – then check it has worked!
      • Record all you need, then edit the material.
      • Find sound effects/background music
      • SAVE!
      • Upload your podcast…
    • The know-how…
    • What do I need?
    • Need more than sound?
      • Flip Video
      • Size of a mobile
      • Records 1hr of video
      • Plugs right into PC
    • Really Useful Websites
      • www.cueprompter.com
      • audacity.sourceforge.net
      • podsafeaudio.com
      • office.microsoft.com
      • http://www.atantot2.co.uk/podcasts.html
      • www.jellycast.com
      • www.switchpod.com
      • www.ltscotland.org.uk/sharingpractice/p/podcasting/introduction.asp
      • Class blog:
      • www.northgatemfl.co.uk
      • Personal blog:
      • alexblagona.blogspot.com
      • Email:
      • [email_address]
      • Twitter:
      • @ blagona
      Get in touch!