Blogging.Podcasting.Aatf2007

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  • Blogging.Podcasting.Aatf2007

    1. 1. Blog and Podcasting in the FL Classroom Lara Lomicka Anderson, Ph.D. [email_address] Telematics and New Technologies, Chair Our website: http://www.frenchteachers.org/technology/
    2. 2. First Presentation: Blogs and Podcasts <ul><li>Overview: Blogs and Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project 1: Reading target language blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project 2: Writing blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project 3: Producing podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project 4: Listening to podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment (handout) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How To’s and Resources (handout) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*** Projects designed for intermediate French – university level </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What is a blog? <ul><li>Two definitions: </li></ul><ul><li>… an easily created, easily updateable Website that allows an author (or authors) to publish instantly to the Internet from any Internet connection. ---Will Richardson </li></ul><ul><li>... a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. ---Wikipedia.org </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why use a blog? <ul><li>archives learning </li></ul><ul><li>supports different learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>enhances development of expertise in a particular subject </li></ul><ul><li>personal writing space </li></ul><ul><li>can be linked and cross linked to form communities </li></ul><ul><li>- Richardson, W. (2006). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms . Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why read blogs in the FL classroom? <ul><li>Access to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic discourse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Native speaker perspectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New vocabulary in context </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increased motivation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-guided/autonomous learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-selected topics to read/research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to connect with blogger </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Project 1: Reading blogs <ul><li>Student assignments --- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose one blog to read and follow for semester (see handout for URLs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete regular worksheets to guide reading (new vocabulary, topics, themes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete oral and written project at end of semester describing blogger and one predominant theme </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. Finding Blogs to Read <ul><li>Decide on a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Visit blogs listed on a directory associated with that topic (see handout) </li></ul><ul><li>Choose 2-3 blogs that seem most appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the blogs for 2-3 weeks </li></ul>
    8. 9. Project 2: Writing Blogs <ul><li>Excellent blog postings will combine: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>critical reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>depth of thought </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>personal experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>related news link / website (either target or NL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discourse strategies (je pense que, c’est vrai que, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose for blog postings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>preparing for discussion on topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>extending discussion on topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Topics : friendship, terrorism, discrimination, racism, crime, pollution, unemployment, homelessness </li></ul>
    9. 10. Example of Student Blog <ul><li>Presents problem </li></ul><ul><li>Talks about possible causes </li></ul><ul><li>Shares thoughts/reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Gives example </li></ul><ul><li>Offers solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Provides link to related story </li></ul>
    10. 11. Podcasts <ul><li>From &quot;broadcasting&quot; and &quot;iPod“ </li></ul><ul><li>Can be subscribed to and automatically downloaded </li></ul><ul><li>Portable and convenient </li></ul><ul><li>Target Listening & Speaking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic listening opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speaking practice outside classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice humanizes and personalizes content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content available online at users’ convenience </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Podcast.net – French podcasts
    12. 13. Project 3: Blog/Prodcast Combo for Intermediate French Students (3 parts) <ul><li>Context – study abroad </li></ul><ul><li>1. Blog - Introduce self </li></ul><ul><li>-Required image: picture of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>-Podcast (1 minute) – intercultural story/misunderstanding that occurred either in US or abroad and what you learned from it </li></ul><ul><li>-Required comments to others (2) </li></ul>
    13. 14. Comments
    14. 15. 2. Interview with a study who has recently studied abroad <ul><li>Interview (4 minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>-Required image: picture of person you interviewed (could also be a picture of interviewee taken while studying abroad) </li></ul><ul><li>-Short discussion on stereotypes </li></ul>
    15. 16. Comments
    16. 17. 3. French – Tourist advertisement <ul><li>Podcast (3-4 minutes) – Create an advertisement (what to see, do, eat, sleep, university, classes, etc.) for a city where you might like to study abroad. </li></ul><ul><li>-Required image: 3-4 pictures of the town </li></ul>Insert image - German
    17. 18. Comments
    18. 19. Project 4: Listening to Podcasts <ul><li>http://www.rfi.fr/communfr/dynamiques/podcasting.aspx?rubrique=lffr (on handout) </li></ul>
    19. 20. Listening to Podcasts <ul><li>Listen to one podcast a week in French </li></ul><ul><li>Lire le script (in written form) </li></ul><ul><li>Complete weekly worksheet to put in listening journal </li></ul><ul><li>Journal collected every 3 weeks </li></ul>
    20. 21. Podcasting: The Student’s Perspective The podcasts were an interesting way for me to improve both writing and speaking skills, I liked recording podcasts and listening to others. Once I got the hang of it, I saw my language skills improve. Podcasting is fun! I know how to make a podcast! I thought that my accent improved.
    21. 22. Conclusions <ul><li>Introduce necessary computer vocabulary and training first </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs/Podcasts promote ownership and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Think carefully about frequency of blogging/podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Balance personal topics and class topics </li></ul><ul><li>Require comment to comments </li></ul><ul><li>Consider finding NS blog/podcast partners </li></ul>

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