Esl Blogs As Cognitive Tools

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This is a power point I developped for the AMTESOL conference held in Mississippi, USA, January 18-20. It outlines some basic principles of how to use blogs as cognitive tools in teaching ESL.

This is a power point I developped for the AMTESOL conference held in Mississippi, USA, January 18-20. It outlines some basic principles of how to use blogs as cognitive tools in teaching ESL.

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  • 1. CREATE A BLOG – EMBRACE THE WORLD AMTESOL 2008 By Daniela Munca University of Mississippi
  • 2. WHAT IS A BLOG?
    • online journal where an individual, group, or corporation presents a record of activities, thoughts, or beliefs
    • “ To blog ” is the act of composing material for a blog.
    • The “ blog osphere” is the online universe of blog s.
    • Easy to create and update
    • Blogger – Google platform: 3 easy steps!!!
  • 3. HOW MANY PEOPLE USE BLOGS?
    • USAToday : 37 million blogs in the world,
    • a new blog created every second ,
    • The Pew Internet and American Life Project , "The State of Blogging" , 2005
    • 8 million American adults say they have created blogs;
    • 27% of internet users read blogs
    • 32 million American adults who read blogs
    • 75,000 new weblogs are created every day
  • 4.
    • Types of blogs used in language teaching
  • 5. TEACHER BLOG
    • Teachers use blogs:
    • - as self-reflection journals, reflecting their teaching experience and recording personal experiments and achievements
    • - for recording Web sites links and information they would further use in class
    • - as a professional development tool
  • 6. THE LEARNER BLOG
    • requires more time and effort from the teacher to both set up and moderate,
    • the most rewarding
    • each student creates an individual blog
    • the student's own personal online space.
    • Students write about what interests them,
    • and post comments on other students' blogs
    • Great tool to devedelop reading an writing skills
  • 7. THE CLASS BLOG
    • A shared space , with teacher and students being able to write to the main area.
    • a collaborative discussion space
    • an extra-curricular extension of the classroom for a deeper reflection on themes touched upon in class.
    • Students are given a greater sense of freedom and involvement than with the teacher blog.
    • A very good example is Barbara Dieu's 'Bee Online' http://beeonline.blogspot.com/ )
  • 8. WHY BLOG?
    • ESL Class Blogs -well structured guides to authentic online resources:
    • a positive effect on learner motivation.
    • provide authentic cultural information.
    • provide exposure to real language.
    • relate more closely to learners ' needs.
    • support a more creative approach to teaching.
  • 9. JEAN PIAGET AND THE CONSTRUCTIVIST THEORY
    • Life long knowledge is created by each learner individually
    • - through processes of accommodation and assimilation , individuals construct new knowledge from their experiences
  • 10. CLASS BLOGS – A SPACE FOR WELL-ORGANIZED, EASY ACCESSIBLE COGNITIVE TOOLS:
    • Derry (1990) - mental devices that support, guide, and extend the thinking processes of their users.
    • Learning with technology (as opposed to learning through technology)
    • Computer-based tools that are intended to engage and facilitate cognitive processing
    • function as intellectual partners with the learner in order to engage and facilitate critical thinking and higher-order learning
  • 11.
    • - empower the learners to think more meaningfully and to assume ownership of their knowledge, rather than reproducing the teacher's.
    • - are learner controlled in the sense that they construct their knowledge themselves using the tools rather than memorizing knowledge
  • 12. JONASSEN, D. H., & REEVES, T. C. (1996). LEARNING WITH TECHNOLOGY: USING COMPUTERS AS COGNITIVE TOOLS.
    • Classes of "mindtools“ or cognitive tools:
    • semantic organization tools (databases and concept mapping tools),
    • dynamic modeling tools (spreadsheets and microworlds ),
    • visualization tools (MathLab and Geometry Tutor),
    • knowledge construction tools ( wikis and blogs),
    • socially shared cognitive tools (computer conferencing ( forums ) and computer-supported collaborative projects, blogs, wikis )
  • 13.
    • How can ESL/EFT teachers incorporate Cognitive Tools to teach English?
  • 14. ESL Blogs – Working Spaces for Students
    • an effective learning tool for ESL students
    • develop learner’s autonomy
    • display links to valuable cognitive tools available online
  • 15.  
  • 16. Top 5 Free Must-Have Online Cognitive TOOLS
    • 1. Online Dictionaries
    • (with visual and audio/pronunciation features)
    • Merriam-Webster online dictionary, http://www.m-w.com/ , VisuWords, http://www.visuwords.com/
    • 2. Grammar Girl:
    • http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/default.aspx
    • 3. Online Essay Map :
    • http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/student_material.asp?id=63
  • 17.
    • 4. Puzzlemaker , http://www.puzzlemaker.com (a Web-based service, with a variety of puzzles to choose from (Letter Tiles, Crosswords, Fallen Phrases).
    • Kelly's Multiple Choice HTML Quiz Generator , http://a4esl.org/q/h/help/write-mc.html (which may be used to generate interactive self-study quizzes, where the sample questions are replaced with one's own.).
  • 18. Media Sharing Web 2.0 Tools:
    • 5 . Slideshare - the world's largest community for sharing power point presentations on the web
    • http://www.slideshare.net/
    • TeacherTube – an online community for sharing instructional videos
    • http://www.teachertube.com/
  • 19. Other Cognitive Tools
    • Jeopardy Game Templates :
    • http://teach.fcps.net/trt10/PowerPoint.htm
    • ESL Web Quests:
    • http://zunal.com/webquest.php?user=4636
    • http://www.techtrekers.com/webquests/
  • 20. FINAL NOTE : YOUR ESL CLASS BLOG SHOULD:
    • - be designed as a working space for students
    • - provide links to all the cognitive tools you want them to use
    • - display students’ work
    • - encourage collaboration and feedback exchange
    • - integrate authentic resources
    • - encourage students to participate as co-authors
  • 21. CONTACT INFORMATION :
    • Daniela Munca
    • [email_address]
    • ESL Class Blog: http://dvmunca.blogspot.com/
    • TeacherWeb page: http://teacherweb.com/MS/universityofmississippi/DanielaMuncaESLInstructor/index.html
    • Webquest on how to create an ESL blog: http://zunal.com/webquest.php?user=4636
    • Teachertube link: http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=3063e419773b4f310fc2