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  • 1. 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]
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    • 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
  • 3. Keeping up with the kids?
    • Playing catch-up – a necessity
    • Embracing students’ know-how
    • Showing them the tools
  • 4. 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)
  • 5. Cassettes 20th Century language learning… Text book Grammar Repetition Coloured chalk Exercises Louis Laloupe Vocab Tests
  • 6. Connectivity Global Learning Authenticity Confidence Relevance Inspiration Collaboration Motivation Interactivity Creativity 21 st Century language learning should involve… Engagement Enjoyment
  • 7. 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.
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    • 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.
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  • 10. 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 .
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    • 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.
  • 12. 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?
  • 13. 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!
  • 14. 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.
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  • 16. “ 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.”
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  • 18. New, corrected text in green, deleted text in red.
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  • 21. Editing your wiki…
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    • 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
  • 24. What is a podcast? The how and why… The know-how… What is a podcast?
  • 25. 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.
  • 26. The how and why…
  • 27. 10 reasons why you might want to create a podcast…
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  • 29. 1. A simple creation of listening resources…
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  • 31. 2. Increase exposure to the target language…
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  • 33. 3. Improve the communication and presentation skills of pupils
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  • 35. 4. Create ‘realistic’ scenes for your pupils
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  • 37. 5. Embrace new technology
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  • 39. 6. Makes MFL more relevant, and fun!
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  • 41. 7. Only needs a small amount of technical know how (honestly!)
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  • 43. 8. Motivates and engages pupils because getting it right really matters!
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  • 45. 9. Create and develop an audience for your recordings.
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  • 47. 10. Take MFL outside of the classroom.
  • 48. 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
  • 49. 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…
  • 50. The know-how…
  • 51. What do I need?
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  • 57. Need more than sound?
    • Flip Video
    • Size of a mobile
    • Records 1hr of video
    • Plugs right into PC
  • 58. 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
  • 59.
    • Class blog:
    • www.northgatemfl.co.uk
    • Personal blog:
    • alexblagona.blogspot.com
    • Email:
    • [email_address]
    • Twitter:
    • @ blagona
    Get in touch!