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Wikis and blogs for collaborative English language learning activities for primary school students

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4 March 2010 (Thursday) | 16:40 - 17:00 | http://citers2010.cite.hku.hk/abstract/27 | SZE, Paul M.M.; YAU, Pik Kei Peggy; WONG, Hoi Lam; WONG, Kin Ming; Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The …

4 March 2010 (Thursday) | 16:40 - 17:00 | http://citers2010.cite.hku.hk/abstract/27 | SZE, Paul M.M.; YAU, Pik Kei Peggy; WONG, Hoi Lam; WONG, Kin Ming; Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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  • 1. Wikis and Blogs for Collaborative English Language Learning Activities for Primary School Students 3 teaching cases
  • 2. Rationales • Collaborative skills among 9 generic skills in Hong Kong School Curriculum • Blogs and Wikis and potential for promoting collaborative activities. • To what extent can these tools be used with primary children?
  • 3. Using a Class Blog for collaborative activities Ms Yau Pik Kei, Peggy Pui Kiu Primary School
  • 4. Using Wikis to facilitate collaborative writing with P.4 Ms Wong Hoi Lam Bess Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church Primary School
  • 5. Online story writing through wikis Ms Wong Kin Ming Clare Po Kok Branch School
  • 6. A Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Project Combining Creative Writing, Podcasting and Responding to Peers in a Class Blog for an Enhancement Class Speaker : Yau Pik Kei, Peggy
  • 7. Objectives of the CALL Project Target : An enhancement class – English Plan A in Pui Kiu Primary School Aim of the class : To enhance the students’ English language beyond the regular language curriculum Objectives of the project : 1. To develop the students’ ever-improving capability of using English 2. To show the students’ confidence in using English 3. To let the students appreciate of the beauty of the language Combining creative writing, podcasting and responding to peers in a class blog for an enhancement class by Peggy Yau
  • 8. The Design of the CALL Project writing speaking reading listening podcasting blogging Combining creative writing, podcasting and responding to peers in a class blog for an enhancement class by Peggy Yau
  • 9. Students’ Works -- Writing If I Have a Magic Carpet…
  • 10. Students’ Works -- Writing If I am not “me”…
  • 11. Students’ Works -- Podcasting
  • 12. Blogging : www.xanga.com/puikiuplana Combining creative writing, podcasting and responding to peers in a class blog for an enhancement class by Peggy Yau
  • 13. M y O b s e r v a t i o n It is observed that the students were further motivated – they love working with the computer; they love learning to use the new software to record their read-aloud; they love seeking the correct pronunciations from me before recording; they love learning to combine the recordings with background music; they love seeing their works being published on the weblog; they love listening to their own podcasts on the blog; they love reading the whole class’s writing on the blog; and they love listening to the peers’ podcasts and commenting on them. M y R e f l e c t i o n Combining creative writing, podcasting and responding to peers in a class blog for an enhancement class by Peggy Yau
  • 14. Using Wikis to facilitate Collaborative Writing in P.4 Wong Hoi Lam Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church Primary School
  • 15. Introduction • Objectives and background • The organization of my teaching case • Sharing of students’ work • Results and reflection
  • 16. 1. Background and Objective Problems encountered in writing lessons: • Limitation of time – Not enough time to go through all the steps in process writing – No space for conducting collaborative writing • Place constraints – Students cannot refer to the teaching powerpoint slides after school. – Sharing of work (Publication of writing) is confined in the classroom.
  • 17. 1. Background and Objective Objectives: • Use Wikis to break the limitation of time and place • Use Wikis to create a platform for collaboration, publication and sharing of thoughts
  • 18. 2. Design of my teaching case Level A P.4 Class (capable students) Grouping 4 students per group (10 groups) No. of 6 lessons lessons
  • 19. 2. Design of my teaching case Lesson 1 1/12 Read Aesop’s fables (online reading) Lesson 2 3/12 Reading Answer questions about the story and give personal comments in Wikis Lesson 3 7/12 Brainstorm the dialogues of the fables on draft papers Writing Lesson 4 10/12 Learn the features of a script Draft and save ideas in Wikis Lesson 5 15/12 Students proofread their drama scripts Lesson 6 15/12 Practise reading the dialogues with drama skills in groups Speaking
  • 20. 3. Sharing of Students’ Samples The P.4 Wikis http://funfuntuesdayradio3.wikispa ces.com/ Sample Scripts http://funfuntuesdayradio3.wikispa ces.com/Script- Writing+samples+and+websites Online survey of http://misswongnews.wordpress.c students’ om/ response
  • 21. 4. Conclusion Strengths of using Wikis: • Facilitate online collaborative work. • Motivate students to write. • Enhance Ss’ self-learning. • Tailor-make Wikis easily for different teaching purposes. Difficulties faced by chlidren: • Poor typing skills • No computers / can’t surf the net
  • 22. ( http://www.wikispaces.com) Clare Wong Kin Ming Po Kok Branch School
  • 23. Objectives • Group work promote collaboration • Develop a stronger sense of belonging to their group. • Empower students to write collaboratively and freely on their own. • Develop a sense of success among students with the production an online stories at the end of the project. • develop better collaboration skills with their classmates.
  • 24. Organization of online collaborative story writing 12 Primary Six students were divided into four groups. Students chose their own topics to write the story starting from late November. The stories were written in 6 sessions of 75-minute lessons in the extra-curricular class on Fridays. The story writing was divided into 5 phrases: 1. Introducing students to Wikis and Prewriting (Story design) 2. First Drafting 3. Revising the First Draft and Second Draft 4.Proofreading 5. Publishing.
  • 25. Links of Student Work • Here are some of my students’ Wiki URLs: • 1. “Dumplings’ Adventure” written by Miko and Cherry at • http://mcwriting.wikispaces.com • 2. “An Amazing Dream” written by Wendy, Sedrah, Yoyo and Amy at: • http://sawy4122428.wikispaces.com/ • 3. “The Thrilling Tale of King David” written by Donald, Ivy, Coco and Winnie at • http://dciw345.wikispaces.com/
  • 26. Students’ Responses 1. Students participated in the wiki writing enthusiastically 2. They love working collaboratively with their classmates to produce a writing wiki 3. They would like to have more chance to do online writing in the future.

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