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  • 1. Blogs How to get the best results with the least effort
  • 2. A couple of assumptions
    • Learning technologies are slowly and irrevocably changing the way students learn
    • Technologies are often unavailable for profitable use at school, whether for lack of equipment or for teacher reluctance
  • 3. How to bridge the gap?
    • Grabbing things by the horns
    • Starting soft
    • That is, trying the easiest tools first, in order to get the best results with the least effort.
    • BLOGS
  • 4.  
  • 5.  
  • 6.  
  • 7. Why blogs?
    • Are extremely easy to implement
    • Even the least savvy person can create one in a few minutes
    • Plenty of free available blog service providers
    • Can be updated at home both by teachers and students
    • Are powerful tools to share original content or embed existing Internet resources.
    • Allow teachers and students to interact on a different and more equal basis
  • 8. Tools
  • 9. My favourite tool
  • 10. Blogs for students
    • Also known as Tutor blogs, can be used to
      • Provide extra material
      • Quickly link to Internet resources
      • Make the most of multimedia
      • Share references
      • Sum up main ideas about topics
      • Explore themes
      • Offer suggestions
      • Assign tasks and activities
  • 11. A few examples
  • 12. Blogs by students
    • What for
      • Collecting students’ production
      • Recording experiences
      • Sharing …. (ideas documents, pictures etc.)
  • 13. Sample blogs
  • 14. Blogs for and by students
    • Also called class blogs
      • Shared space to which both teacher and students can contribute
      • Sort of classroom extension
      • Teacher can provide prompts and/or instructions
      • Students contribute with their own production
  • 15. A few Samples
  • 16. Blogs for projects
    • Blogs are ideal spaces for developing
    • projects, especially projects carried out
    • between classes in different countries
  • 17. Pros
    • Advantages are numerous. In fact blogs can
      • be used even in an extremely technologically poor environment
      • provide a basic approach to technology resources
      • help widen scope
      • enhance variety
      • be used as storage devices for reusable materials
      • provide audience for students’ production
      • offer visibility
      • help improve language skills, particularly reading and writing (but alslo listening)
  • 18. Cons
    • There might be a few drawbacks
      • Creating and updating blogs means extra work for the teacher
      • Correction becomes an issue
      • Comments – or the lack of – might create problems
      • Privacy IS an issue
      • Interaction might be difficult to get started and kept going so you might need a different kind of tool
        • facebook
  • 19. A few tips
    • Start soft: choose the type of blog which best suits your needs and experimente with one or a couple of classes
    • Find a special reason for starting a blog and try students’ reaction
    • Do not expect students to be over-enthusiast
    • Remember: it’s you who have to keep things going
  • 20. Conclusions
    • Though blogs are by no means the “cure it all”
    • tool they might prove useful to
      • Get familiar with technology
      • Start using technology based resources
      • Try different teaching approaches
      • Provide scope for students’ activities
      • Get access to authentic material
      • …… . (name your own)
  • 21.  
  • 22. References
    • A few useful resources if you wish to know more on the
    • matter
      • Campbell AP 'Weblogs for use with ESL classes'
      • Downes, S., Educational Blogging,
      • Stanley, G., Blog-EFL,
      • Stanley, G., blog for ELT,
      • Ciaffaroni, M.T. Blogs,