Comment on - New tools for teaching writing - april 20

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A look at Mark Warschauer's article INVITED COMMENTARY: NEW TOOLS FOR TEACHING WRITING and how this may be useful for promoting / stimulating a community of practice within the UC - Languages department at Zayed University to identify those tools that are most effective in supporting writing objectives.

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Comment on - New tools for teaching writing - april 20

  1. 1. New Tools for Teaching Writing Mr. Jim Buckingham, MA ODE, TEFL Date: Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 Time: 12:00 - 12:50 Room: Y-102
  2. 2. New Tools for Teaching Writing and it’s relevance to the University College at Zayed University Jim Buckingham, MA ODE, TEFL Date: Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 Time: 12:00 - 12:50 Room: Y-102
  3. 3. A response to Warschauer’s New Tools for Teaching Writing and it’s relevance to the Zayed University’s – University College Language Department Jim Buckingham, MA ODE, TEFL Date: Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 Time: 12:00 - 12:50 Room: Y-102 and it’s relevance to the Zayed University’s – University College Language Department
  4. 4. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits New Tools for Teaching Writing and it’s relevance to the Zayed University’s – University College Language Department Jim Buckingham, MA ODE, TEFL Date: Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 Time: 12:00 - 12:50 Room: Y-102 A response to Warschauer’s and it’s relevance to the Zayed University’s – University College Language Department
  5. 5. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits Adobe Acrobat Document Warschauer, M. (2010). New Tools for Teaching Writing. Language Learning & Technology, 14(1), 3 - 8.
  6. 6. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits what is it focused on? - Identify tech tools for teaching writing • blogs • wikis • automated writing evaluation • open source net books
  7. 7. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits what is it focused on? • importance of writing to second language learners • writing well is a vital skill for academic / occupational success .. but one that is especially difficult for second language learners • writing across the curriculum can be invaluable for mastering diverse subject matter • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing
  8. 8. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits what is it focused on? • importance of writing to second language learners • writing well is a vital skill for academic / occupational success .. but one that is especially difficult for second language learners • writing across the curriculum can be invaluable for mastering diverse subject matter • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing
  9. 9. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits what is it focused on? • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing • word processing • revision • computer mediated communication • social construction of meaning • blogs • "speak write" • authentic audience , • social authorship • wikis • topic centric, exchanges • concrete contributions
  10. 10. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits what is it focused on? • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing • net books • inexpensive , portable • automated writing evaluation • potential to provide more immediate, frequent, less cryptic feedback to students on their work ah… but don't we wish!
  11. 11. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing • no longer new "news" - wikis / blogs • no shortage of resources on the net to find these tools • “using a wiki in education” (+1500 hits on Google) • “using a blog in education” (+1000 hits on Google) • many of us are using these tools now ..
  12. 12. • no longer new "news" - wikis / blogs • no shortage of resources on the net to find these tools • “using a wiki in education” (+1500 hits on Google) • “using a blog in education” (+1000 hits on Google) • many of us are using these tools now .. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing • net books .. not sure of their relevance here at ZU • “net books in education” (970 hits on Google) • automated writing evaluation .. ? • “automated writing evaluation” (30,000 hits Google)
  13. 13. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing
  14. 14. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context • identifying what works HERE
  15. 15. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing • identifying what works HERE • how would we rewrite that article so that it was relevant to us? Our context
  16. 16. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing - identifying what is needed HERE - identifying who our students are - identifying what we have / do - applying / adapting ideas from other contexts - identifying if they work HERE - sharing those findings with one another Our context
  17. 17. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing - testing findings w/ one another - identifying strategies that work - documenting those strategies .. - discussing what works / doesn’t work - identifying good / best practices - archiving those findings - sharing those findings Our context
  18. 18. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing - identifying good / best practices - archiving those findings - sharing those findings .. characteristics of a professional community of practice Our context
  19. 19. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing - identifying good / best practices - archiving those findings - sharing those findings Our context .. characteristics of a professional community of practice
  20. 20. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing - identifying good / best practices - archiving those findings - sharing those findings Our context Obstacles? • busy schedules • difficulties with arranging meetings .. form a professional community of practice
  21. 21. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context Overcome elsewhere through • social networking tools • emergence of online communities of practice - identifying good / best practices - archiving those findings - sharing those findings .. form a professional community of practice
  22. 22. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context addressed elsewhere • examples • Ning – Classroom 2.0 • Ning – English Companion Ning - identifying good / best practices - archiving those findings - sharing those findings .. form a professional community of practice
  23. 23. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context - identifying good / best practices - archiving those findings - sharing those findings .. form a professional community of practice
  24. 24. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context .. form a professional community of practice
  25. 25. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context .. form a professional community of practice professional development - take charge of • identifying ourselves as professionals • creating a more vibrant & collaborative work environment • staying current • documenting one's professional interests / development .. for career development
  26. 26. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context .. form a professional community of practice explore the possibility of realizing a community of practice here within the UC Colloquy program examine what is happening elsewhere - blogs - eportfolios - virtual conferences
  27. 27. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context .. form a professional community of practice document one’s professional interests/ growth help realize a professional community of practice Individual understand / communicate the value of online community for the benefit of students
  28. 28. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context .. form a professional community of practice identify best practices to help improve the quality of instruction archive & share what has been learned so that it might help other College or community based programs Zayed University
  29. 29. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context .. form a professional community of practice Next move?
  30. 30. Agenda The document Observations What’s missing? CONTEXT Method How? Why? Proposal Benefits • new digital media have played an important role in the teaching of writing Our context .. form a professional community of practice Thank you

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