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Blog wars 2

  1. 1. Blog Wars Volume 2 TESOL Greece Workshop by Christina Markoulaki 30 March 2013 1Wednesday, April 3, 13
  2. 2. Is this the war we are talking about? 2Wednesday, April 3, 13
  3. 3. Is this a ‘war’ at all? Image from TED 2013 quotables 3Wednesday, April 3, 13
  4. 4. Think before you do. What is actually a blog? What can you do with it? 4Wednesday, April 3, 13
  5. 5. Video time! We have interviewed some of our student bloggers about the reasons why they like learning English in this way. At the beginning of the video, two junior presenters explain what a blog actually is, followed by more learners of various ages and levels. 5Wednesday, April 3, 13
  6. 6. Simple maths! weB + LOG = BLOG = an online diary Image from 6Wednesday, April 3, 13
  7. 7. Let’s start blogging! Sign into your blog by visiting 7Wednesday, April 3, 13
  8. 8. The dashboard 8Wednesday, April 3, 13
  9. 9. How to make adjustments 9Wednesday, April 3, 13
  10. 10. Adjusting the layout 10Wednesday, April 3, 13
  11. 11. Adjust header and description 11Wednesday, April 3, 13
  12. 12. Gadgets Add the basic gadgets (blog roll, link list, blogger profile, HTML) 12Wednesday, April 3, 13
  13. 13. Adjusting the settings What to tend to: comment moderation, time, date format, language, number of posts on home page 13Wednesday, April 3, 13
  14. 14. Comment moderation 14Wednesday, April 3, 13
  15. 15. View blog 15Wednesday, April 3, 13
  16. 16. What can teachers do on their blogs? Encourage reading literature Promote world issues (poverty, intolerance, hunger, education) Celebrate world days (Mother’s Day, Women’s day, Ebooks week, Black History Month) 16Wednesday, April 3, 13
  17. 17. Write a new post! 17Wednesday, April 3, 13
  18. 18. Embed related material (slideshows, documents, videos) 18Wednesday, April 3, 13
  19. 19. Embed HTML code 19Wednesday, April 3, 13
  20. 20. Have students write comments Comments on ASK ALAIN DE BOTTON A QUESTION! 20Wednesday, April 3, 13
  21. 21. Time for a class blog! 21Wednesday, April 3, 13
  22. 22. The set-up Set up a blog for each class. Perfect for exam classes. 22Wednesday, April 3, 13
  23. 23. Students as blog authors Help students create or use their own gmail accounts Go to basic settings and invite them to participate in the class blog as authors, not administrators 23Wednesday, April 3, 13
  24. 24. The set-up Have them note down the email and password of their Google account and keep a record yourself. Choose limited Blogger profiles instead of Google+ ones. Students will blog with this identity. Demonstrate the basic functions of a blog. 24Wednesday, April 3, 13
  25. 25. General organization Traditional Appearance (better not a dynamic view) A short description under the header with the level of the class, the purpose of the blog and a link to the school blog Gadgets: labels, useful link lists, page views, blog traffic Comment moderation before they appear under posts One blog for each level: usually D/ E Class, B2, C2, TOEFL, IELTS (link and material organization) 25Wednesday, April 3, 13
  26. 26. Promotion Advertise their blog on social media for increased satisfaction (motivation) with the number of visitors from foreign countries (example here) Add #comments4kids to your tweets to enhance class blog traffic and comments left 26Wednesday, April 3, 13
  27. 27. Encouragement 27Wednesday, April 3, 13
  28. 28. What can be assigned What would you assign as a blog activity to your students? See the samples of our students work in the following slides. Then visit this page on Slideshare. 28Wednesday, April 3, 13
  29. 29. Assessment Direct corrections within the post, underlining the mistake and writing the correct phrase in bold (Blogsy iPad app) 29Wednesday, April 3, 13
  30. 30. Assessment Teachers comments under students posts -> corrections continuing the discussion in a way that includes students mistakes Teacher sends private emails with corrections -> Students correct the blog post themselves. Including blogging performance in assessment (alternative assessment) --> willingness and participation commented on in the school report to highlight the seriousness of the practice 30Wednesday, April 3, 13
  32. 32. Demonstration of class work, resulting in getting a sense of achievement: The FCE (B2- level) students (school year 2011- 2012) had been blogging for years before acquiring their certificate, having an array of written work to exhibit on their class blog and feeling very satisfied with the 40,000 visitors from all around the world! What is more, an adept mother- blogger methodically copies her written assignments on her e-portfolio. 32Wednesday, April 3, 13
  33. 33. Creativity through the combination of different kinds of media: B1-level students were proud to present their favourite recipes, horror films and songs, photos or videos of which were embedded in their blog and combined with written comments. Little George was also impressed by Felixs supersonic dive; he therefore decided to blog about it! 33Wednesday, April 3, 13
  34. 34. Additional help provided at home and possibilities for self-correction: This excellent blogger has corrected his piece of writing on his own, following the advice offered by his teacher in the comment section. Moreover, the CPE learners create their vocabulary calendars exclusively online and receive feedback in a respective way. 34Wednesday, April 3, 13
  35. 35. Motivation to do more work at home (a type of creative e-homework): For example, reading a book and writing a review or creating a list of songs with useful vocabulary. 35Wednesday, April 3, 13
  36. 36. Further research on topics discussed in class: The resourceful female authors of this blog have discovered more information about various extraordinary tourist destinations mentioned in the lesson. 36Wednesday, April 3, 13
  37. 37. Written communication with readers, learning how to respond politely to comments: The aforementioned girls interact with their followers with ease, leaving written comments under each post. What is even more interesting is the way little Nicolas communicated with Michael Stout, both of whom can now officially be called e-pals! 37Wednesday, April 3, 13
  38. 38. Collection of all helpful links in one place easily accessible by the student: The future IELTS candidates of the school link webpages containing tips, strategies and downloadable material to a blog destined to fulfill that purpose. The same happens with TOEFL candidates who, like the IELTS ones, cherished the idea of having their essays corrected on the blog so as to be able to see the teachers feedback on their classmates writing, too. Quick typing skills are also a prerequisite for TOEFL exams, this being one more reason why blogging has been so beneficial to these students. 38Wednesday, April 3, 13
  39. 39. A !novel type of communication among classmates: Nicolas and George, two of our youngest bloggers, have already achieved that. See Nikolas letter and Georges response. 39Wednesday, April 3, 13
  40. 40. Participation in blogging challenges to practise writing and broaden horizons. Students continue practicing English even after completing the desired course, a case of lifelong learning: George, a former student and a professional seaman, keeps updating his blog by publishing videos and texts about his travels. 40Wednesday, April 3, 13
  41. 41. Related Links Guest posts for the Teaching Village: How to Integrate Blogging in EFL Teaching How to Create Video Activities on a Teacher’s Blog Meeting Challenges in the EFL Classroom Part 2: Using Technology 41Wednesday, April 3, 13
  42. 42. Related Links Our students blogs Samples of student blogging and teacher- created activities: On my blog On my wiki 42Wednesday, April 3, 13
  43. 43. Related Links Blogging tips Can the use of blogs and wikis enhance motivation? Organizing blogging challenges 43Wednesday, April 3, 13
  44. 44. What a feeling! My best classroom experience began about two years ago. It was when I decided to use a computer to practise English. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the computer lab and learnt a great deal. I felt like a little child who takes a gift and everything was very interesting for me.But, honestly,what I felt is nothing compared to how I feel now! Alices adventures in the land of learning English 44Wednesday, April 3, 13
  45. 45. Thank you! Find me on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn & SlideShare 45Wednesday, April 3, 13