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]
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
“ 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
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?
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?
Useful examples of MFL wikis
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…
Making a radio show (cross-curricular?)
Tales of school trips and visits
The key to a good podcast
Time to prepare content – have an idea what you want to record.