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  • 1. Web 2.0 Tools Promoting Reading Skills among University Students
    Adam Forrester
    English Language Centre
    Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    IETC 2011
  • 2. Background
    Importance of Reading
    Declining Reading skills
    Internet
    Read@PolyU
  • 3. Pilot Course
    First year veterinary nurses
    Academic English course
    40 Students in 2 groups
    English level – IELTS 5.5 – 8
    Host department very supportive
    Requirement of 3 articles
    Moodle ‘blog’
  • 4. Reading
    Quality and Quantity
    critical view
    Journals
    Collaborate and Share
    Added Benefits
    vocabulary development
  • 5. Web 2.0 Tools
    What tools?
    Online voice recording and sharing
    Mind maps
    Vocabulary development
    Why?
  • 6. Example (1): Online Voice Recording
  • 7. Example (2): Mind Map
  • 8. Example (3a): Vocabulary development
  • 9. Example (3b): Vocabulary development
    2. Secrecy
    encrypt (verb) (see picture using Shahi - encryption cog )
    to change electronic information or signals into a secret code
    Example: The emails are encrypted so that the Government cannot read them.
    Extension
    encryption
    similar words – encipher, write in code
  • 10. Example (3c): Vocabulary development
    picture using Shahi - encryption cog
  • 11. Results
    Most students fulfilled requirement
    Voice recording most popular
    Mind mapping least popular
    Vocabulary- students used a range of techniques
  • 12. Student Feedback
    Online Voice Recording
    “it’s very convenient to use and it works well”
    “quite easy to use”
    Vocabulary
    “I have learnt the skills only, but not yet enhance the "ability". For example, learning more vocabulary”
    Mind mapping
    “ The software takes too long to master. It looks good at end but takes long time”
    Overall course
    “too many different types of homework”
    “there are too much homework”
  • 13. Problems (1)
    Online Mind Mapping
    Current methods technically difficultly compared to drawing on a piece of paper
    Balance ease of use / benefits
    Online Voice Recording
    Students need to understand reason
    Why not write a summary?
  • 14. Problems (2)
    Vocabulary Development
    Still waiting for technology to catch up
    compare a vocabulary note book / online notebook
    Teacher workload
    Listen and feedback to voice recordings
    Encourage peer review
  • 15. Tools Used
    Moodle (hosted on University servers)
    Online mindmapping
    http://www.mindomo.com
    http://www.bubbl.us
    http://mind42.com
    Online Voice Recording
    http://audioboo.fm/
    http://www.houndbite.com/
  • 16. Tools Used (2)
    Vocabulary
    http://blachan.com/shahi/ is a visual dictionary
    http://www.wordle.net/ used for word maps
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ used for pronunciation and definitions.
  • 17. Adam Forrester
    ecadamf@gmail.com
    http://about.me/adamf